News, but not the serious kind
Today’s reading is from Shooteronomy
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve written about any new signs of that onrushing Apocalypse, so I foolishly thought things might be getting better.
Let’s see here. Roman Catholic bishops in Wisconsin are urging their parishioners not to bring weapons TO CHURCH, now that a new law permits state residents to carry concealed firearms and electric weapons such as stun guns or tasers.
I mean, states have been competing to pass the nuttiest weapons laws recently. There was the Florida law limiting what doctors can say to their patients about guns, and both Utah and Arizona voted to create official state firearms.
But here’s the kicker in Wisconsin. Bishops are urging people not to bring weapons, but they say the decision on whether to ban weapons is up to individual churches.
Seriously? Religions, which tend to make sweeping rules about all aspects of human behavior, are suddenly going to make this particular question a local option?
Remember, congregation, this is a House of Worship, so if you do bring guns on Sunday, please be respectful and use silencers.
And folks, if you want to use stun guns and tasers, please charge them at home before church, and don’t run up the parish electric bills…
Top: A man with a firearm listens to Pastor Ken Pagano during the “Open Carry Celebration” at New Bethel Church in Louisville, Kentucky, June 27, 2009. Around 200 members of the church complied with a request asked to bring their unloaded handguns for a one-day celebration of the Second Amendment. REUTERS/Ed Reinke/Pool
Left: Priests check the firearms of Marines who will be sent to Basilan province in southern Philippines during the 110th founding anniversary of the Philippine Navy in Manila, May 20, 2008. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Right: A car displaying pro-gun stickers enters the lot of the New Bethel Church in Louisville, Kentucky, June 27, 2009. REUTERS/David Harpe