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article imageWestboro Church targets Elizabeth Edwards funeral

By Kim I. Hartman     Dec 9, 2010 in World
Raleigh - The Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas-based church famous for its anti-homosexual protests at funerals, said it plans to protest at the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards on Saturday near the Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Edwards, 61, died Tuesday, as reported by Digital Journal, from cancer, six years after she was diagnosed, which was the day after the 2004 election when her husband John was a vice presidential candidate.
In a promotional annoucement for its protest, available on their website, the group says that Elizabeth and husband John 'were visited from the Most High God with the death of their 16-year-old son, [but] they did not humble themselves before His mighty hand.'
Officials at the Edenton Street United Methodist Church, said they are aware of the planned protest and are meeting to decide how to handle the picketers and the issues surrounding Saturday's demonstration, reports the Washington Post.
For years, Elizabeth Edwards prepared her family for the day she would be gone, talking bluntly about the cancer consuming her body and writing a letter to leave for her children with life advice on topics such as how to pick a church -- or even a spouse, according to MyFox8.
The preparation continued in her final days, when she made sure Christmas decorations were up in their Chapel Hill home and became the source of comfort to those closest to her.
"That was sort of who she was. She was always, always the shoulder to lean on," said family friend John Moylan. "And, even at the end, she remained a very strong person. I think they all took their strength from her."
The Westboro Church members were recently the target of a heavily armed stalker in Wichita Kansas after a protest at local high school, as reported by Digital Journal. Police arrested a decorated Army veteran and double-amputee after he followed members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church from a demonstration. He was found in a vehicle reportedly stocked with weapons.
The recent incident followed another in McAlester, Oklahoma in which the tires were slashed on the vehicles being driven by the church members and parked at protest of a US soldier who died fighting in Afganistan.
Both incidents have authorities concerned about the safety of the Westboro group.
The funeral service for Elizabeth Edwards is open to the public and set to begin at 1pm.
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