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Just when I thought I'd seen the bottom of the barrel, Fred Phelps appears:

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church announced Thursday plans to picket Saturday's funeral for Elizabeth Edwards in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Raleigh Police Department issued a permit yesterday, allowing them to demonstrate. Phelps and friends plan to tell the world about "the dangers of homosexuality."

There is a counter protest in the works, and it is organizing on Facebook.

When I heard that these people were coming ... I felt like I needed to say something to the bully in our front yard," Burcham told Anderson Cooper on CNN's "AC360." She said she helped organize the counter-protest on Facebook.

Requena said he would consider his efforts successful if Sunday morning's headlines read, "Elizabeth Edwards quietly laid to rest."

"This isn't about us," Requena said on the program. "It's not about the thousands of people from the local community and abroad that are going to come over and help protest and help spread the love. It's certainly not about the Westboro group. This is about human decency and common courtesy."

Let's keep eyes peeled, and hope that the love drowns this hate today at Elizabeth Edwards' memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Wade Edwards Foundation.

Originally posted to rb137 on Sat Dec 11, 2010 at 05:42 AM PST.

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