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Prince of PIECE or the Prince of PEACE?

Georgia’s Sweeping Gun Law Sparks Religious Backlash



Some churches are advising members not to pack heat, after passage of a bill that critics call the "guns everywhere" law.


Robert Wright, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, sent an open letter last week to the 56,000 members that make up the dozens of Episcopal churches throughout north Georgia with a simple message: Don’t bring guns into the house of God.

The week before, Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law one of the most sweeping gun bills in recent memory. The Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014, which goes into effect July 1, allows Georgia residents with concealed carry permits to bring guns into churches that give express permission, while lowering the fine for bringing a gun into a place of worship to $100. It permits guns in bars, school zones, government buildings and certain areas inside airports. It says the state no longer has to fingerprint law-abiding gun owners to renew their licenses, and that dealers won’t be required to keep sales records for state purposes (federal government record-keeping laws still apply). The NRA has called it “the most comprehensive pro-gun bill in state history.” Opponents have derided it as the “guns everywhere” bill.

But those guns won’t be everywhere. The new law has largely split the state’s Christian denominations between the Georgia Baptist Convention, which supports the bill, and Episcopal and Catholic leaders in the Atlanta area, who have strongly come out against it and expressly told their congregants to leave their guns out of the pews.

“Jesus did not preach a gospel of self-protection, a gospel of live by the sword, die by the sword,” Wright says. “Quite the opposite.”

Wright says that while he understands the need for Second Amendment protections for those wanting firearms for self-defense or for sport he sees the very idea of guns in church as blasphemous.

“Weapons in a place of sanctuary seem to me to be inconsistent with a God of love,” he says. “The prince of peace isn’t spelled P-I-E-C-E. It’s P-E-A-C-E.”

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http://news.msn.com/us/georgia%e2%80%99s-sweeping-gun-law-sparks-religious-backlash?gt1=51501

Battle of Church and State (United Church of Christ vs the State of North Carolina)

N.C. Clergy Bring Legal Challenge to Amendment One, Citing Religious Freedom

Religious Leaders Seek the Right to Wed Same-Sex Couples in their Congregations

On April 28th, a federal legal challenge to Amendment One was filed in the Western District of North Carolina on behalf of clergy from across faith traditions, same-sex couples and the United Church of Christ. The case challenges the constitutionality of marriage laws in North Carolina – including Amendment One – that ban marriage between same-sex couples and make it illegal for clergy to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples within their congregations. Clergy plaintiffs seek the religious freedom to perform these ceremonies and same-sex couples seek the freedom to marry. The plaintiffs are represented by the law firms of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen and Arnold & Porter LLP.





http://www.amendmentonechallenge.org/

Battle of Church and State (United Church of Christ vs the State of North Carolina)

N.C. Clergy Bring Legal Challenge to Amendment One, Citing Religious Freedom

Religious Leaders Seek the Right to Wed Same-Sex Couples in their Congregations

On April 28th, a federal legal challenge to Amendment One was filed in the Western District of North Carolina on behalf of clergy from across faith traditions, same-sex couples and the United Church of Christ. The case challenges the constitutionality of marriage laws in North Carolina – including Amendment One – that ban marriage between same-sex couples and make it illegal for clergy to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples within their congregations. Clergy plaintiffs seek the religious freedom to perform these ceremonies and same-sex couples seek the freedom to marry. The plaintiffs are represented by the law firms of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen and Arnold & Porter LLP.





http://www.amendmentonechallenge.org/

Reductionism


Sociologists really want to be Psychologists.

Psychologists really want to be Biologists.

Biologists really want to be Chemists.

Chemists really want to be Physicists.

Physicists really want to be God.

And God really wants to be a Mathematician.

Reductionism

Sociologists really want to be Psychologists.

Psychologists really want to be Biologists.

Biologists really want to be Chemists.

Chemists really want to be Physicists.

Physicists really want to be God.

And God really wants to be a Mathematician.

Gunstalking Children

Man with gun causes scare during children’s baseball game

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. —
Parents at a Forysth County park abruptly stopped a children's baseball game after growing suspicions of the behavior of a man carrying a gun in a waist holster Tuesday night.

"He's just walking around 'See my gun? Look, I got a gun and there's nothing you can do about it.' He knew he was frightening people. He knew exactly what he was doing," said parent Karen Rabb.

Rabb told Channel 2’s Tom Regan the parents grew so alarmed that they brought the game to a halt when the man declined a request that he leave a parking lot overlooking the baseball field.

“He scared people to the point where we stopped the game, took the kids out of the dugout and behind the dugout, and kind of hunkered down,” Rabb said.

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Rabb's 6-year-old son Ethan was playing at the time and later expressed concern to his mother.

"When I was reading my son's story last night, he turned to me and said 'Mommy, did that man want to kill me?'" said Rabb

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Video here:

http://www.wsbtv.com/videos/news/man-with-gun-causes-scare-during-childrens/vCYXxm/

Gunstalking Children

Man with gun causes scare during children’s baseball game

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. —
Parents at a Forysth County park abruptly stopped a children's baseball game after growing suspicions of the behavior of a man carrying a gun in a waist holster Tuesday night.

"He's just walking around [saying] 'See my gun? Look, I got a gun and there's nothing you can do about it.' He knew he was frightening people. He knew exactly what he was doing," said parent Karen Rabb.

Rabb told Channel 2’s Tom Regan the parents grew so alarmed that they brought the game to a halt when the man declined a request that he leave a parking lot overlooking the baseball field.

“He scared people to the point where we stopped the game, took the kids out of the dugout and behind the dugout, and kind of hunkered down,” Rabb said.

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Rabb's 6-year-old son Ethan was playing at the time and later expressed concern to his mother.

"When I was reading my son's story last night, he turned to me and said 'Mommy, did that man want to kill me?'" said Rabb

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Video here:

http://www.wsbtv.com/videos/news/man-with-gun-causes-scare-during-childrens/vCYXxm/



I support the repeal of the Second Amendment. (nt)

I support the repeal of the Second Amendment. (nt)



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