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File this under wacky evangelicals trying to gain publicity by making misguided political statements: Some asshat preacher in Louisville (no, not backwoods Appalachia...Louisville, Kentucky) is encouraging his parishioners to attend church packing heat. Openly. In holsters.
As Townes van Zandt might say,"...for all the honest world to feel
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal
, Pastor Ken Pagano of New Bethel Church said the first-time event is "basically trying to think a little outside the box" to promote "responsible gun ownership and 2nd Amendment rights."
Promoting responsible gun ownership. 2nd Amendment rights. We've entered another dimension. One in which professed Men of God want God-fearing folk to carry pistols. It's always been my experience that handguns are good for only two practical purposes. Shooting rattlesnakes and people.
Pagano must have taken this to heart, because reportedly the poster advertising the "Open Carry Church Service" is lettered in a Christian-ly blood-spatter font. So, a reasonable person might ask: WTF does carrying guns have to do with Jesus?! Seriously.
One local pastor is wondering the same thing himself: Tying in the event "with one who explicitly called us to put down the sword and pick up the cross and love our enemies and turn the other cheek, it just makes no sense."
Amen. The toddlers in Pastor Pagano's Sunday school, I posit, have a better understanding of the nature of Jesus than their cordite-addled "shepherd."