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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Churches choose on guns

Posted By on Tue, May 7, 2013 at 6:47 AM

Now that the Arkansas legislature has opened the sanctuary doors to guns in churches — if the churches choose — decisions are being made.

John Lyon at Stephens Media updates the situation and the story includes a couple of points worth highlighting:

* NO GUNS, BUT SOME SWORDS: This from the Catholic bishop in Arkansas:

Catholic churches, however, have been instructed not to allow concealed handguns. After the law was enacted in February, the Diocese of Little Rock sent a directive to pastors stating, “Bishop (Anthony) Taylor has stated that all weapons, whether concealed or unconcealed, are prohibited on the premises of all Catholic churches in our diocese. The only exceptions are law enforcement officers in the exercise of their duties and ceremonial blunt swords used by the Knights of Columbus.”

* PICKING AND CHOOSING: Several pastors seemed to favor a policy that would allow some, but not all, to carry guns. For example, Rev. Schanon Caudle, pastor of North Park Baptist Church in Van Buren.

Caudle said he has not declared a policy for the church, but he would not object to allowing certain church members to carry concealed weapons in church, if they request permission and can give a good explanation for their request.

“I don’t think it ought to be a blanket invitation for everybody to carry one,” he said. “I think it would hurt your witness in the community, if you found out that was a church where everybody was carrying a weapon.”

Where are the 2nd Amendment purists now? A church may decide who may and who may not carry weapons? What part of "shall not be infringed" don't these liberals understand?

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