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Westboro Baptist Church, a small Kansas-based fundamentalist group has gone over the edge into hell once again. The sect, with a history of holding controversial and vehemently offensive protests, said today that its members will march with signs at Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral in Raleigh, N.C. this weekend.

Please… Can we imagine Jesus where Jesus stands in this matter?

Westboro is led by the infamous Rev. Fred Phelps, famed for picketing military funerals. His website, www.godhatesfags.com, accuses John Edwards, the surviving but estranged husband of the deceased of “spewing blasphemy” and mounting a “smash-mouthed assault on His deity.”

No, Mr. Phelps, your nauseating hatred is the actual “smash mouth assault” in this story, and when you name God as your co-conspirator, you blaspheme is name and his character. Yes, God is judge and he will sort all the light from all the darkness. But when he does he will do so in a way perfectly consistent with his love and mercy and justice. The moment you and yours begin to play his role, you yourselves have become the focus of his wrath. Beware…

“God, we pray for mercy on all those who have wronged and offended you. That is, have mercy on us all! And for those who cast judgment on the sins of others and refuse to plead mercy for themselves, as you say, may their own judgment fall upon their own heads. In Jesus…”

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