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Pastor Ken Pagano says he wants to show that gun owners are law-abiding. AP

Pastor Ken Pagano says he wants to show that gun owners are law-abiding. AP

A pastor in the US state of Kentucky told his flock to bring handguns to church in what he said was an effort to promote safe gun ownership.

 

Pastor Ken Pagano told parishioners to bring their unloaded guns to New Bethel Church in Louisville for a service celebrating the right to bear arms.

He said he acted after church members voiced fears the Obama administration could tighten gun control laws.

When the service began, some 200 people were present.

“We are wanting to send a message that there are legal, civil, intelligent and law-abiding citizens who also own guns,” Mr Pagano told the congregation.

“If it were not for a deep-seated belief in the right to bear arms, this country would not be here today,” he said.

 

The pastor also held a handgun raffle, as well as providing information on gun safety.

About 10 members of a private local militia also attended, the Courier-Journal said.

A coalition of religious groups and campaigners held a rival gun-free event at the same time on the other side of Louisville. BBC News

 This whole story just rubs me the wrong way. From the fact that he was inspired to do this because so many of his parishioners were afraid President Obama is coming to take their guns away, to the fact that he’s encouraging them to bring guns to church. I’m sorry, but I don’t want my pastor brandishing a gun at church. I just don’t. And members of the local militia were in attendance to that particular sermon. That’s a sign right there. I’m disturbed on a couple of levels.

What do you all think about this story?

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CNN did a story yesterday on a Connecticut church that performed an exorcism to cast out the demon spirit of homosexuality in teenage boy. Now, if you’ve read my post on homophobia in the black community, you’ll see how I feel about the belief that casting out the demon spirit of homosexuality will erase the gays.

But anyway, what struck me in addition to the story was anchor Kyra Phillips’ reaction to the video earlier in the afternoon before CNN even interviewed the pastor of the church. “In this day and age these people just seem so ignorant,” she said after watching the video. My jaw dropped a bit. First of all, they hadn’t interviewed anyone from the church yet, and here she was just calling the church members ignorant. While you may agree or disagree with the acts, to just label these people as ignorant before the network even talked to them made Phillips seem pretty ignorant. She just threw any journalism skills she had out the window at that moment. Shaking my head.

Here’s the video later in the afternoon when CNN brought on the church’s pastor Patricia McKinney:

What do you think: Of Phillips’ sentiments? Of the whole story in general?

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The funeral of the assassinated abortion doctor, George Tiller, took place yesterday in Wichita, Kan. It brought out about 900 people.

Tiller, one of the nation’s few providers of late-term abortions, was killed by a gunshot last Sunday in the foyer of his own church, Reformation Lutheran, while he was serving as an usher and his wife was singing in the choir. Tiller’s clinic in Wichita was among a few in the U.S. performing third-trimester abortions, and that made it a target of regular protests. Most were peaceful, but his clinic was bombed in 1986. Tiller was also shot in both arms in 1993. Topeka Capital-Journal

What stood out to me about Saturday’s funeral was the small group of protestors who stood outside the church.

17 demonstrators showed up from Westboro Baptist Church, known for picketing soldiers’ funerals to present its message that their deaths are God’s punishment for Americans’ tolerance of homosexuality.

They held signs such as “God sent the shooter” and “Abortion is bloody murder.” Topeka Capital-Journal

I can only imagine God up in heaven saying, why are they bringing me into this? Those crazies are not representing me!

As soon as I saw those pictures, I was like, Whaaaat? Really? You’re standing outside this man’s funeral promoting that God is responsible for his death? No matter what side of the abortion issue you fall on, that’s just so wrong.

What type of church would promote those types of teachings? I just don’t understand. How can the members of Westboro feel for the unborn babies but not for a man who was shot down a week ago while attending church?

Today, I saw that the suspect in the assassination made a call warning of more violence.

Scott Roeder called The Associated Press on Sunday from the Sedgwick County jail where he is being held on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the death of George Tiller.

Roeder told the AP: “I know there are many other similar events planned around the country as long as abortion remains legal.”

He wouldn’t elaborate. Associated Press

So he just wanted to let people know that more domestic terrorism will occur. Wow. I don’t even know what to say about that. Well, yeah, I do. People are so scared of terrorists coming from abroad, that they don’t even see that these homegrown extremists are capable of the same acts.

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