A Christian church in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania is standing up for gun rights in an interesting way.
The World Peace and Unification Sanctuary Church, led by Sean Moon, planned an event where church members who brought in an AR-15 would receive a special blessing.
Early media reports claimed that the rifles would receive the blessing, but this is untrue. It’s the gun owners who bring their rifles in who will receive the blessing.
The World Peace and Unification Sanctuary Church has taken to calling their guns “rods of iron” in reference to The Book of Revelations.
Their reason for calling their guns “rods of iron” is because in Revelations, it talks about Christ returning and ruling with an “iron rod”.
“This rod of iron is the AR-15, in today’s terms”, said Sean Moon.
It’s an interesting interpretation, and I have to admit I like it. Apparently, other people liked the interpretation as well, since approximately 600 members were expected to participate by bringing their rods of iron.
According to church leader Sean Moon, guns show “both the intent and the ability” to defend one’s family.
In order to receive the blessing, members are required to bring in an AR-15 or similar type of gun. They’re also allowed to bring in a gift certificate from a gun store which would demonstrate their intent to buy a gun.
It’s an interesting story, and could encourage more people to exercise their right to bear arms. However, not everyone was happy with this event.
Some parents from the local community were concerned over the safety of their children following the event’s announcement because The World Peace and Unification Sanctuary Church is located close to an elementary school.
Church leaders reported that they were questioned by State police who wanted to know the details on the ceremony they were planning to hold.
To help lessen the fears of concerned parents in the area, church leaders have said that the AR-15s won’t be loaded and will even use safety zip ties as an extra security measure.
However, even this isn’t enough to satisfy some outraged parents. They planned to hold a protest during their ceremony, with plans to hold a vigil with candles and signs depicting the names of shooting victims.
It’s interesting to note that the church had been planning on holding this ceremony since before the recent school shootings, so they aren’t connected in any way…but that doesn’t stop some people from protesting and behaving irrationally anyway.