June 29, 2009
The Prince of Piece

Religious notes from the New York Times:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Some of those seated in the pews of New Bethel Church here Saturday night, their firearms tucked to their sides, saw themselves as modern-day pioneers…

Likewise, Tommy Hillerich, 68, a retired truck driver, and Maya, 58, his wife, a former auto upholstery worker, did not bring their firearms inside but firmly believe in their right to do so.

“I don’t see a thing wrong with having a loaded gun in there,” Mr. Hillerich said. “If the pastor’s in there and he’s got a concealed weapon and somebody comes in and starts shooting people, he can take him out. That’s his right.”


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at June 29, 2009 06:36 PM
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Not getting enough in the collection basket is the driving force of these these (ministers?). They appeal to people's political frustrations and pack the church. They are less religion and more political statement in their appeal. Fueled by those, all of them, that make money by appealing to peoples fear and insecurity.

Posted by: lahru on June 29, 2009 6:57 PM

Well, Jesus did say the meek shall inherit the earth. He never said you couldn't bust a cap in their ass first.

Posted by: Roddy McCorley on June 29, 2009 7:29 PM

We have some serious problems when people think and talk about bringing loaded weapons into a place of worship.

Posted by: One Fly on June 29, 2009 9:23 PM

And I forgot to add of course begin doing it.

Posted by: One Fly on June 29, 2009 9:25 PM

Pope already wearing an ICBM on his head.

Posted by: on June 29, 2009 10:47 PM

Jesus was slow on the draw. Too bad for him.

Posted by: Peter on June 30, 2009 6:52 AM

I cannot agree that the pastor should have a concealed weapon. In the event of an incident, precious seconds could be lost while he gets it out.

Instead, there should be a number of armed ushers, with rifles at the ready, posted at strategic locations.

If the congregation can afford it, a machine gun nest could be put in the choir loft.

Prevention is the better course, naturally - so metal detectors at each entrance are indicated.

Posted by: mistah charley, ph.d. on July 1, 2009 6:44 AM

Under pressure, the average preacher with a semi-auto and a few spare clips can usually group thirty, maybe forty rounds within five or twenty feet of his desired target and get at least ten directly in a six inch center, praise the Lord, once he's standing over the body. That would likely suck for the people in proximity to the evildoer, may angels sing comfort to their families, but I think everyone would concede that it sucks even more for the evildoer.

Yes, mistakes will be made and collateral damage will cause some hand-wringing. There's no argument that the price will be high. But if it saves just one life, it will have been worth it. Freedom isn't free, as you may know.

Posted by: Jim on July 3, 2009 12:47 AM
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