"Bring your gun to church day" - will it catch on?

Ken Pagano of the New Bethel Church in Louisville, Kentucky is properly a pastor with a difference - apparantly a "peace service" took place the other side of town...

It would be fair to call it unconventional. Not every pastor encourages his or her flock to show up to church packing heat. Or for that matter, participate in a raffle for a big gun giveaway during the service. But not every pastor is Ken Pagano of the New Bethel Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

Pagano likes guns. He likes guns so much that he asked his parishioners to show up to church this evening armed like Sylvester Stallone as Rambo (.50 caliber machine gun optional).

In all seriousness, Pagano did hold an “open carry celebration” tonight at his church. That meant if you owned a gun you could bring it to the service (provided it was unloaded) as part of an effort, he says, to promote responsible gun ownership and firearms safety.

About 200 people took him up on the invitation. It wasn’t mandatory to have a gun to get in. In fact, according to the church website, you didn’t even have to believe in God. The only requirement was to be a supporter of the First and Second Amendments.

“We are wanting to send a message that there are legal, civil, intelligent and law-abiding citizens who also own guns,” Pagano said in welcoming the attendees.

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

Will it catch on?

Maybe Rowan could encourage similar here? :)
why not self-defense is not discouraged by the old and new testament, actually it is encouraged and required.

Good on him and lookey here noone shot stabbed or killed and they showed up with those mean guns.
The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) got there first; :)

www.cameronians.org said:
Almost every regiment has its own customs and traditions, which are jealously preserved. And rightly, for every one of them has a significance and recalls something memorable. For example, it is the custom of the Cameronians to go on Church Parade armed. This is a memento of the days when the persecuted Covenanters gathered for worship among the moors and mosses, and set watchers on the ridges and knolls to give warning of the approach of the enemy.
cernunnos said:
Goldbricker said:
cernunnos said:
Seems like a good idea to me!

Guns in Churches

Perhaps uncle Sam should designate all churches as a war zone and issue medals to US servicemen who just happen to fly over one.
Well we have a Plethora of Aircraft, want to borrow some for Ops?
Will I have to use it to attack our allies?
Sure, you've done it before as well.

Sittang river in 42 when the RAF & AVG decimated the 17th Indian Division

Ask the crews of HMS Britomart & HMS Hussar You sank them.

Anymore wise ass comments?
Last year whilst holidaying on the island of Rügen I visited the oldest church on the island, complete with its own built in armoury. Apparently in days of old the Rüganer never left home without his rifle, he would leave his wife at home but not his rifle, so on Sundays off to church all tooled up and deposit said hardware in the armoury and collect it on the way out. We could learn something from these people. :D
CRmeansCeilingReached said:
ctauch said:
Good on him and lookey here noone shot stabbed or killed and they showed up with those mean guns.
amazing, considering the guns had to be unloaded... :roll:
No the pastor asked that they be made range safe, he didn't require it or inspect the weapons. He said as much in an interview.

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