Elizabeth Edwards’ Funeral: Line of Love Wins Over Anti-Gay Hate

December 12, 2010

(ChattahBox US News)— The Raleigh, NC funeral for Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Democratic Vice Presidential nominee John Edwards, was sullied by a handful of anti-gay protesters from the odious hate group the Westboro Baptist Church on Saturday. But a remarkable event occurred on the rainy street in front of Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral services, orchestrated by the Facebook group, called “Protect Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral from Westboro clan.” An estimated 300 people answered the call to provide a “human buffer” of love to counter the hate of Fred Phelps’ Westboro group. Hundreds of people wearing pink ribbons and carrying signs with messages of hope and love quietly overwhelmed the five Westboro picketers, holding such despicable signs, as “God hates fag enablers.”

The Westboro Baptist Church is notorious for picketing the funerals of soldiers to garner attention for its anti-gay hate campaign that it promotes on the website, God Hates Fags. After announcing it planned to picket Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral, the “Protect Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral from Westboro clan” Facebook page quickly responded and delivered with hundreds of volunteers to form a “Line of Love.”

The Christian Science Monitor reported on the human buffer of love:

“Members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church picketed the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards in Raleigh, N.C. Saturday. But they were vastly outnumbered by a “human buffer” of people who quietly stood in the rain singing Christmas carols and carrying signs reading “God loves Elizabeth Edwards” or simply “Grace” and “Hope.” […]

“In a 2007 interview, Mrs. Edwards described herself as “completely comfortable with gay marriage,” hence the Westboro protesters at the funeral. But on Saturday just five church members (two of them children) showed up to picket, waving hateful signs about Mrs. Edwards and the United Methodist Church where the service was held.”

A court case challenging the legal right of the Westboro group’s odious protests at the funerals of our fallen soldiers was recently argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. But First Amendment rights are expected to prevail, allowing the hate group to continue to protest at military funerals.

Photo Source: John Sabol’s Facebook


7 Responses to “Elizabeth Edwards’ Funeral: Line of Love Wins Over Anti-Gay Hate”

  1. Alesia on December 12th, 2010 5:16 pm

    How awful for this group to take this time to bring attention to thier issue. Elizabeth’s children family and friends deserve better than that. Good job to the facebook group, what a wonderful honor to a couragous woman.

  2. Angyl on December 12th, 2010 9:51 pm

    In the name of God? Where is God in “hate”. Last time I checked God was about “loving thy neighbor as you would love yourself”. I wonder when we all get to heaven if they will tell the Jews on one side, Whites on another, children to the left, all others to the right, & all those filled with hatred, bitterness, anger and strife, go burn in hell??? Hmmmm something to ponder!

  3. sandra kane on December 12th, 2010 11:01 pm

    I think that it is wonderful that the supporters of Elizabeth Edwards far outnumbered the cowardly few that wanted to try to intrude on a very emotional day for the Edwards children. Congratulations on outnumbering them and showing the Edwards children that the love their mother represented was returned in the love of the hundreds that showed up to honor her . If I lived anywhere near there I would have be honored to have been among the hundreds that let Elizabeth have the dignity that she deserved on the day of her funeral, GOD BLESS all who came to show support for her. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

  4. jeanise55 on December 12th, 2010 11:18 pm

    there is no god in hate, no matter who it comes from. in the end the same God they claim to serve will dispense his own judgement. shame on them for not allowing people to love and memoralize their loved ones.

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  6. David McDowell on December 13th, 2010 9:17 am

    “Jesus wept” is the shortest verse in the Holy Bible, found in John 11:35. “Jesus wept” — one noun and one verb – the sentence could not be simpler in its structure – yet, the complexities of its meaning defy human comprehension. What would make Jesus cry?
    Jesus conquered death through His sacrifice on the Cross of Calvary. The resurrection and eternal life in heaven are promises for all who believe on His Holy Name.

    As long as we live on this earth, we will be subject to death and all the sadness that surrounds it. But, that wonderful cross of Christ opened a door of salvation for every one of us. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life,” John 3:16.

    We can hold fast to the knowledge that Jesus offers life eternal – in a place where none of us will ever weep again.
    By Sandra Julian Barker

    I sincerely pray that Our wonderful Lord and Savior forgives those that know not what they do:
    Revelation 12:11 (King James Version)
    11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
    My Prayer is:
    In the name of my Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST I declare that the Westboro Baptist Church odious protests at the funerals of our fallen soldiers, that You LORD will and YOU will cover their SIN IN LOVE.

  7. Angela on March 2nd, 2011 2:18 pm

    I dont wish shame on those from the westboro baptist church. “Pity them, for they know not what they do.” However , sending 3 adults to protest and a handfull of children to watch this debacle is pretty shameful, Almost like a government that sends it’s children to fight it’s wars while chillin’ on the homefront with a big expensive bomb shelter for the politicians just in case the nuclear buttons are pushed. (Who are you going to govern without your underlings) but that’s for another rant. My point is, obviously Westboro didnt think this was worth much publicity or they wouldnt have sent indoctrinated children to execute the dicision of the father. All the negatives said, it is wonderful to call Raleigh, NC home. All though we are considered a major part of the bible belt states, we know when unity is important and will not stand idly by while one of our own is acosted, even with religious undertones. Love, Peace, and Hope.

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