Why is the Westboro Baptist Church picketing Elizabeth Edwards' funeral?

More known for picketing funerals of US soldiers who have died in the Middle East, Westboro Baptist Church has vowed to picket the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.

4. Why is Westboro Baptist Church picketing Edwards' funeral?

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Elizabeth Edwards arrives for a speech at the City Club in Cleveland in this March 26, 2007 photo.

Elizabeth Edwards, who helped her husband, former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, with two presidential runs before the couple separated last year, died on Tuesday. Her funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh.

In a release, WBC accused Ms. Edwards of "spewing blasphemy" and mounting a "smash-mouthed assault on His deity." The statement went on: "Elizabeth Edwards & her faithless husband, John, lightly esteemed what they had. They coveted things that were not theirs – and presumptuously thought they could control God."

Edwards was a staunch proponent of gay rights. "I'm completely comfortable with gay marriage," she said as part of the kickoff to the 2007 Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco.

Officials at the Edenton Street United Methodist Church said on Friday they have not yet decided how to respond to WBC's vow to picket Edwards' funeral.

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