Normally, in the media, you see a lot of negative stories about hatred and/or bigotry by groups of people using the Christian Bible as justification for their beliefs or deeds. It’s rare that you see a story (other than things like Christian charities) about a group using the Bible for something the religious right might not like so much — turning assault rifles and other weapons into garden tools. Yet that’s exactly what RAWtools and The Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission are partnering to do in starting the Guns-to-Garden Tools project.
Raw Story reports on the Biblical passage being used as justification:
The group said that the idea was based on Isaiah 2:4 from the Bible: “And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
Although it’s hard to see exactly how the first part of that verse has happened, it’s no more of a stretch than saying Jesus disapproved of a homosexual lifestyle. In fact, it’s quite a bit less of a stretch. A Colorado Springs publication, The Gazette, reports on one man’s decision to turn over his weapon for the program start:
The act [destroying the weapon], which happened shortly after 11 a.m. behind a warehouse near Interstate 25 and Colorado Avenue, put an end to what Warren called “a burden” he’s been carrying since just after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
“I was afraid,” he said. “They were guarding my fishing hole for terrorists. I stashed it away and didn’t tell anybody about it.”
Warren, a fisherman and hunter who has no intention of disposing of his sporting weapons, said the “last straw” for his assault rifle “was the massacre of those children at Sandy Hook,” referring to the Dec. 14, 2012 killing of 20 first-graders and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school
His weapon will be turned into a trowel, cultivator and weed puller. In the end, a tool of death will bring life. The tools are going to be donated to a community project that allows locals without space to grow in a plot in a community garden.
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