Westboro church to picket at Edwards' funeral
Westboro Baptist Church, shown here in October demonstrating outside the U.S.Supreme Court, plans to picket Elizabeth Edwards funeral. The high court is considering whether Westboro, which pickets U.S. soldiers' funerals to claim that God is punishing Americans because of society's acceptance of homosexuality, is testing the limits of the First Amendment right to free speech.
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By Chelsi Zash, WFMY-TV
RALEIGH, N.C. — A Kansas church says it is planning to protest during Saturday's public memorial service for Elizabeth Edwards.
Edwards died Tuesday of breast cancer, diagnosed the day after the 2004 election when her husband John was a vice presidential candidate. Last week, doctors told Edwards continuing treatment was futile.
Edwards will be honored Saturday at Edenton Street United Methodist Church here. The public is allowed to attend the 1 p.m. service. The family is still working on burial plans.
Westboro Baptist Church, known for its protests at servicemembers' funerals, plans to protest for 90 minutes until the service begins. The protests typically speak out against homosexuality. Westboro's announcement of the picket also claims that God hates Edwards and that she is dead because she thought she could control God.