This is how debased and twisted our gun culture has become. The New Testament, the book that ostensibly drives Christianity, is chock full of peace, love and turning the other cheek. This, however has not stopped conservatives from the push to carry guns into every corner of creation:
Tabernacle pastor Jonathan Wilkins… claimed that the gun ban violates Georgia residents’ First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion…
This would be bad enough from just your average citizen, but to have an actual preacher demand the right to be armed in a house of worship? There is a deep sickness in our country when the religious (or at least those who pretend to be) feel the need to bring violence where none is permitted. It raises the specter of fire-breathing bigots waving their gun from the pulpit, egging their followers on to “protect themselves” from the hordes of radical socialists and homosexuals.
For now, at least, Georgia has maintained a semblance of sanity. Via Courthousenews:
A Baptist preacher and one of his congregants cannot fight a Georgia law that blocked them from bringing their guns to church, the 11th Circuit ruled.
Senate Bill 308, which Georgia passed in June 2010, modified a law that at the time prohibited gun owners from bringing their weapons to a “public gathering.” The amendment specifies eight unauthorized locations to bring firearms, including courthouses, jails or prisons, most bars, mental health facilities, and churches or other places of worship.
The court ruled that, despite Wilkins’ disturbing interpretation of the Bible in which a gun is part of Christianity, banning guns from a church does not, in any way, infringe on anyone’s religious freedom. Further they ruled that “the Second Amendment claims seek to “destroy one cornerstone of liberty – the right to enjoy one’s private property – in order to expand another – the right to bear arms.”
“This we will not do,” he wrote. “If [...] our concept of civil liberties depends on a three-legged stool of rights – personal security, personal liberty, and private property – it would be unwise indeed to cut off one leg entirely only to slightly augment another. Rather, our task is to read the Second Amendment’s preexisting right alongside the equally important rights protected by the Constitution in order to strengthen all three legs and thereby better secure the foundation of our liberty,”
Obviously all three judges are liberal activists, one appointed by Nixon/Ford, another by H.W. Bush and the third by Carter. How they can’t see that Jesus called for armed followers by saying the exact opposite is a mystery. Perhaps these activist judges should read the Conservative Bible so they understand the true meaning of Christianity: Kill’em all and let Jesus sort them out!
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