Guns for Jesus: Churches fill their pews with weapons giveaways
What would Jesus shoot?
Some churches in Kentucky and in upstate New York are doing what it takes to get people into the pews to hear the word of God â€” and in their neck of the woods, that means giving away guns.
In Kentucky, where gun giveaways happen in some churches just about every week, a free raffle of 25 guns by Paducah's Lone Oak First Baptist Church got about 1,300 people into the church hall for a steak dinner and a pep talk by a gun fancier named Chuck McAlister whoâ€™s been hired by Kentuckyâ€™s Southern Baptists to help boost congregations by evangelizing â€” in this case, about guns and sin and Jesus.
A good number of those 1,300 may not wind up in the pews on Sunday morning; a lot of them go to other churches. And there was no Sermon on the Mount, with its remark about the blessed peacemakers, to generate big applause; it was McAlister displaying his grandfatherâ€™s gun and saying,...
Booooo. Being an American in the Bible-belt means two things by default: you're a Christian, and you have an obsession with guns. Bible-belt churches are based more on tradition and redneck values than on the Bible.