Elizabeth Edwards funeral to be picketed by Kansas-based church
By all reports, Elizabeth Edwards was a good woman. She loved her children. She supported her husband, even during his failed attempt at the White House. She handled his infidelity with a grace few would be able to muster. And she fought valiantly against cancer for many years.
But Edwards has lost her battle with cancer. She is to be honored tomorrow at a service at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, N.C. The public is invited to the service.
But even someone as strong and heroic as Edwards wouldn't want a small portion of the public at her funeral. We're talking about members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, known for protesting at the funerals of service members. The protests are typically against homosexuality, but the group has expanded their picketing to include the funerals of cancer victims, brandishing signs that read, "Thank God for Cancer."
Tomorrow, church members say they will be picketing Edwards' funeral because "God hates Edwards" and that "she is dead because she thought she could control God."
What the heck?
The church's official memo on this latest protest says:
• Edwards insisted upon her son's death…an unremitting disease raging her body… a husband bringing their family to open shame.
• She and her former husband "coveted things that were not theirs."
• Edwards didn't humble herself before God after the death of her son, an she had the audacity to have two more children.
• "Elizabeth Edwards is in hell."
Well, we don't know where Elizabeth Edwards is right now, but we do know this: these church members are a bunch of wackos. They accuse others of trying to control God, yet they have done the very thing they dismay. They have put words into God's mouth, and decided for him what his agenda is. Isn't that controlling God?
Whatever your beliefs, we're sure you'll agree with us on this: protesting the funerals of service members and *** cancer victims is not the way to get any message across. At a time when people are most vulnerable, pointing the finger of judgment just isn't appropriate. Ever.