You Can’t Make This Shit Up: Gun at Church?4 June, 2009
Some Americans, mostly of the severe right-wing Christianist godbot dominionist peruasion, seem to overlook some of the supposed teachings of the (probably fictional) Christ. Things like pacifism, meekness, helping the poor, helping the weak — basically the left-wing progressive Jesus. Courtesy of Teabagging for Jesus (which, if you haven’t visited, is a great blog), we are reminded that not all Christians are into the meek and mild. Some are into just plain firepower.
Because everyone knows that Jesus was no pacifist. Jesus was no wimp. Jesus just loves his firearms, right?
The above graphic is parody. The top one is right off the church’s web site. As is:
In Celebration of July 4 and our rights as Americans, New Bethel Church will be hosting an Open Carry Celebration for all who support 1st and 2nd Amendment rights. It will be held on Saturday June 27th, the weekend before July 4th. It will begin at 5PM and picnic food will be served. We are asking responsible handgun owners to attend this service openly wearing their sidearm. This will be a Cold Range Carry meaning handguns must be unloaded and in a secure holster.Area gun store/firing range owners will be invited to attend and tell about their services. There will be patriotic music and short presentation concerning responsible gun ownership and 2nd Amendment rights.
There will also be a raffle to win a handgun. All that is asked is that you bring a sidearm, a friend who has a sidearm and a canned good for local food bank.
Okay, it will help a food bank. That makes everything just hunky-dory.
Mocking is now over.
Considering that Dr. George Tiller was murdered in his church, not to mention the shootings at the Unitarian church in Tennessee, this strikes me as sick. Of course, after perusing the web site of this ‘Spiritually certified’ church, I would expect that some (probably not all (I hope not all)) not only think that an open carry day is a good idea. And at least a few probably approve of the goals of Dr. Tiller’s murderer and the shooter in Tennessee. And I bet that more than 20% of the members of this church like Bush and Cheney, too.