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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Pastor tells congregation: Bring your guns to church!

A Kentucky minister plans to celebrate the Fourth of July next month along with the Second Amendment... by inviting church members to bring their guns to Sunday service.
New Bethel Church is welcoming "responsible handgun owners" to wear their firearms inside the church June 27, a Saturday. An ad says there will be a handgun raffle, patriotic music and information on gun safety.

"We're just going to celebrate the upcoming theme of the birth of our nation," said pastor Ken Pagano. "And we're not ashamed to say that there was a strong belief in God and firearms — without that this country wouldn't be here."

The guns must be unloaded and private security will check visitors at the door, Pagano said.

He said recent church shootings, including the killing Sunday of a late-term abortion provider in Kansas, which he condemned, highlight the need to promote safe gun ownership. The New Bethel Church event was planned months before Dr. George Tiller was shot to death in a Wichita church...

I love it! This pastor has the right idea: freedom never came without the price of vigilance. Good to see that being acknowledged, 'cuz there's nothing wrong with it in the first place.

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Anonymous said...

And this is the kind of thing that gives gun owners a bad name .... including you since you think it's a good idea. What in the world do gun rights have to do with Christianity? More mixing politics with religion. Bad for both.

Chris Knight said...

How in the world is this about "politics"?

Matt said...

Guns = politics! Because gun control is an issue now!

Welcome to America, Chris, where logic is everywhere! :)

Anonymous said...

A guy is having people bring firearms to CHURCH on the 4th of July and you don't see that as political? I guess he just wants to baptize the guns. It's fine if he wants to hold such an event .... but it's political.

Chris Knight said...

People used to bring their guns everywhere. There are some places in Alaska where little kids go to school armed - 'cuz they're walking and have to be able to fend off any bears along the way - and nobody there thinks anything bad about it.

A gun is neither good or evil. It's a tool. This pastor could ask his congregants to bring their hammers and Black & Decker powersaws to church and it would be the same. What matters is the intent of the heart of the person using the gun.

I could imagine quite a few good sermons that could be made from that...

Matt said...

"A tool is nothing without its master."

I could very well see that as some kind of Christian Message somewhere. :)

Anonymous said...

OK, fine. I'll organize bringing rope nooses to church on the 4th of July to celebrate the 8th amendment and underline the cruelty of capital punishment and rest easily in the knowledge that it will not be mixing religion and politics. After all, rope is just a tool. Thanks for the clarification.