Take Your Handgun to Church Day: Pastor Asks Flock to Pack Heat to Celebrate 4th of July

June 8, 2009

(ChattahBox)—What would Jesus do? Would He promote carrying a deadly handgun to a place of worship? The gun-toting Pastor at New Bethel Church in Louisville, Kentucky thinks so. Pastor Ken Pagano is asking his parishioners to proudly bring their handguns to church for an “Open Carry Celebration,” in honor of the Fourth of July and Second Amendment rights.

Conservatives are known for their “three Gs” hot button social issues, Guns, God and Gays and in a bizarre merging of the first two, Pastor Ken Pagano has planned a gun-toting event to celebrate the birth of our nation. Because there is no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than to show up at church openly carrying your handgun, right?

The Church’s handgun carrying shindig is scheduled on Saturday, June 27, sandwiched in between the usual sort of church events, such as women’s prayer meetings, home bible studies and Sunday School.

Pastor Pagano believes America would not have been created without Guns and God. Assemblies of God Parishes evolved from the early twentieth century Pentecostal revival tent meetings. The Protestant denomination believes in the concept of “speaking tongues” and faith healing.

The Pastor noted many church members of his Assemblies of God parish expressed fears that President Obama would take away their guns, so they supported his “Open Carry Celebration” as a way to express their Second Amndment rights.

The “taking away our guns” rhetoric has been hyped to a fever pitch by the likes of Fox News, the NRA and other conservative groups without any basis in fact. Recently, President Obama signed a new credit card reform bill into law with a gun amendment added to the bill intact, allowing people to bring loaded guns into national parks.

Nevertheless, conservatives like to persist in their fantasy that President Obama is coming after their guns.

As part of the gun loving and God fearing, Pastor Pagano’s handgun Bible service, there will also be patriotic music and a potluck picnic, so all of the handgun wearing church members can strut around church grounds showing off their pieces and holsters.

One lucky attendee even has a chance to win a brand new handgun in a $1.00 raffle.

Church members are being asked to bring along a gun-toting buddy, as well as a canned good for charity. The handguns must be unloaded for insurance and safety reasons and they will be examined at the door for bullets.

Local firearms dealers are invited to show off their wares and services and provide demonstrations on gun safety and responsible gun ownership.

Kentucky gun laws allow residents to openly carry their guns, under certain conditions. Concealed weapons are allowed with valid permits, with some restrictions.

Pastor Pagano’s wrong-headed blending of gun ownership with a belief in God is abhorrent on so many levels, especially with the recent shooting death of Dr. Tiller inside his Wichita church by Scott Roeder, a mentally ill, unemployed and violent anti-abortion zealot from Kansas City, Mo.

A place of worship is no place to promote and carry handguns that are responsible for thousands of violent deaths in this country. Consider what exactly Pastor Pagano is promoting.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, firearms were the second leading cause of injury death for children 10-14 and 15-19 years old in 2005. The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence estimates that more than 80 Americans die from gun violence in this country every day.

What say you, Pastor Pagano?



7 Responses to “Take Your Handgun to Church Day: Pastor Asks Flock to Pack Heat to Celebrate 4th of July”

  1. Coonsey’s World on June 8th, 2009 9:35 pm

    […] carrying a deadly handgun to a place of worship? The gun-toting Pastor at New Bethel Church in Louisville, Kentucky thinks so. Pastor Ken Pagano is asking his parishioners to proudly bring their handguns […]

  2. G. H. Gathercole on June 8th, 2009 10:55 pm

    This from Statistics Canada:

    “Firearm homicide rates in the United States are strikingly
    higher than in Canada. In 2000, the rate of homicide involving
    a gun was 3.8 per 100,000 population in the United States,
    nearly eight times as high as Canada’s rate of 0.5. In Canada,
    homicides accounted for 18% of deaths involving firearms in
    2000, compared with 38% in the United States.”

    It is well known that most illegal firearms in Canada originate
    from the U.S. where sadly, they are legal.

    Guns kill people! That’s what they’re made to do.

  3. David on June 9th, 2009 2:06 pm

    How many stabbings in Canada vs. the United States? Take away the guns and people will find other ways to commit crimes. Britain is a great example: the guns have been outlawed for years and now you can’t carry a knife either because assaults with knives skyrocketed. It’s time that governments realize the criminals will find a way and regulations really don’t apply or help.

  4. Guns in church « Around Teh Table on June 9th, 2009 9:27 pm

    […] here.  When people look at this, and go, “That’s terrible, guns kill so many people, mya mya mya mya, what would Jesus think?”  I just don’t know what to do with those people.  Yeah, […]

  5. Ken Pagano on June 29th, 2009 9:38 am

    All I can say is to whoever wrote this blog article, Sue I believe, is that if I had been as careless and sloppy with my citations when writing my doctoral dissertation as this writer was in the accuracy of their reporting, I would have NOT been granted my doctorate.

    Stick to internet blogs and not seriously trying to report on news events….for all of our sakes.

    Ken Pagano
    “Pistol-Packing Preacher”

  6. olivia on June 29th, 2009 11:56 am

    Ken Pegano – If that is honestly you (which you have offered no proof as to being the case), why not set the record straight? What is it that is inaccurate, and what evidence can you offer that you are really the pastor in the story?

    If you refuse to elaborate it makes your accusation worthless, wouldn’t you say?

  7. Todd on July 19th, 2009 12:32 am

    I think american christianity is a perversian. I think born-again evqngelicals are mentally ill. You all say God is on our side George Bush had a mandate from God to transform the middle east. You brain dead turds really believed that. Well I guess it is not true, because if it were, the US would have won both wars in nothing flat.

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