Kentucky Church Hosts “Bring Your Gun to Church” Sunday

Orginally published on Tuesday, June 09, 2009 at 7:51 AM
by Todd Rhoades

A Kentucky pastor is inviting his flock to bring guns to church to celebrate the Fourth of July and the Second Amendment. New Bethel Church is welcoming "responsible handgun owners" to wear their firearms inside the church June 27, a Saturday. An ad says there will be a handgun raffle, patriotic music and information on gun safety.

"We're just going to celebrate the upcoming theme of the birth of our nation," said pastor Ken Pagano. "And we're not ashamed to say that there was a strong belief in God and firearms ó without that this country wouldn't be here."

The guns must be unloaded and private security will check visitors at the door, Pagano said...

John Phillips, an Arkansas pastor who was shot twice while leading a service at his former church in 1986, said a house of worship is no place for firearms.

“A church is designated as a safe haven, it’s a place of worship,” said Phillips, who was shot by a church member’s relative for an unknown reason and still has a bullet lodged in his spine. “It is unconscionable to me to think that a church would be a place that you would even want to bring a weapon.”

Phillips spoke out against a bill before the Arkansas General Assembly that would have permitted the carrying of guns in that state’s churches. The bill failed in February.

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  • Posted by Rob

    only in America. wow.

  • Posted by

    That makes me mad…

  • Posted by

    That’s the day that I WOULDN’T come to church.

  • Posted by

    um, well, hmmm uh…

    sad day.  I am a huge proponent of the 2nd amendment but this is so far beyond the reasonable zone that I am disgusted.

  • Posted by

    I’d rather people be permitted to carry swords into churches.  Or halberds, spears, maces, or other more medieval weaponry.  Something that takes skill to use and wield.  And they could be used more effectively by contemporary speakers on stage to talk about the wars people fought by recreating them for all to see.  That would be cool.


  • Posted by Cindy Davison

    Church is a peaceful place.Even though the gun is unloaded,it is also an insult to the church.Right?

  • Posted by rexson

    It will be safe to other people, if they bring Gun’s, If in case anything happens, who will be responsible person then,.. what will be the steps will be taken......please let me know..

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