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Kansas church group to picket Edwards' funeral

Dec 10, 2010 7:23:00 AM - thestate.com
RALEIGH -- News that a Kansas church known for its provocative disruptions of soldiers' burials plans to picket Saturday's funeral for Elizabeth Edwards has sparked outrage.

Several groups are using social media to plan counter-protests against members of Westboro Baptist Church.

The tiny church, whose congregation largely consists of the extended family of its pastor, came into the national spotlight when members picketed the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a young man from Wyoming who was beaten to death by two men because of his homosexuality.

Westboro has since courted media attention for its message - that God hates gay people - by protesting at the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as famous people such as Fred Rogers, Coretta Scott King and Jerry Falwell.

The group notified Raleigh police Thursday that it intended to picket Edwards' funeral.

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