Louisiana Worshipers Pack Heat for ‘God’s Army’
January 21, 2011
(ChattahBox US News)— Our nation’s obsession with guns knows no bounds. Some states now allow people to carry concealed weapons into bars and restaurants. And soon college students might be carrying not just books and notebooks to class, but Glock pistols too. We can never have too many guns apparently. The National Rifle Association won’t be happy until America resembles armed characters from Old Westerns, complete with High-Noon shootouts to settle grievances. Now, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has taken America’s gun fetishism to a whole new level, by allowing worshipers to pack heat while attending church services. God’s warriors can never have enough weapons at their disposal to fight evil apparently.
The “guns in church” bill was signed into law last July. The law allows churchgoers to carry a concealed weapon, provided they have a permit and have completed eight-hours of training.
A number of Louisiana churches are now sending selected parishioners to undergo the Christian warrior training sessions. Republican state lawmaker Henry Burns, the co-sponsor of the law, envisions an army of gun-toting Christian “patriots” protecting God-fearing folk from “thieves and muggers.”
‘”Each and every one of you here are patriots because you care to provide protection to the innocent,” said state Rep. Henry Burns, the author of the legislation. He visited the class to thank them. “We should be able to worship our Lord without fear.”‘
“Burns called churches a “manageable area of concern” when it comes to gun regulation and said an increased level of violence against worshipers nationally made the new law necessary and appropriate.”
And a parishioner from Elm Grove Baptist Church reasons members of “God’s army” shouldn’t engage Satan in battle without a Smith & Wesson.
‘”Over the past several years, the violence has gotten worse and worse” said Jim Middleton, a retired member of the Elm Grove Baptist Church in south Bossier Parish. “I’d rather be proactive than working after the fact. We’re all in God’s army, and you don’t see any army going to war unarmed.”‘
“Middleton said his church has discussed security, including possibly adding a security detail to services. He said he wanted to be ready to serve in that capacity if asked.”
Guns and God. What a twisted country we live in.