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Blessed are the armed?

Sometimes, actual news stories are so absurd that they read like brilliant inventions by the Onion. Here’s the first sentence of a story that went up on Politico a little while ago: “Louisiana GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a law allowing holders of concealed-weapons permits to carry guns into houses of worship.”

And so we can have the first reading:


They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.

- Isaiah 2:4


And the second reading:

Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.

-Matthew 5:5-9

Thus endeth the lesson.

By E.J. Dionne  | July 7, 2010; 6:00 PM ET
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Posted by: ZebZ | July 7, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

did anyone tell jindal that houses of worship are private property and thus he can't order weapons to be allowed ?
anymore that he can order you to let armed idiots into your home.

Posted by: newagent99 | July 7, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I agree this is silly, but if you really want a story that I wish was in the Onion and not real life it's Charles Lane's post about Obama's NASA in the fore front on raising the self-esteem of the Muslim world.

Posted by: bbface21 | July 7, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Luke 22:36
He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.
THUS endeth the lesson.

Posted by: astronerd1 | July 7, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

"houses of worship are private property and thus he can't order weapons to be allowed"
Is this "correct?" Sure would enjoy hearing more on this point.

Posted by: ronwelton | July 7, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

"houses of worship are private property and thus he can't order weapons to be allowed"
Is this "correct?" Sure would enjoy hearing more on this point.
................

I went and read the actual legislation..
it ALLOWS church to allow concealed weapons, it doesn't require them to.

good, I like to knw which churches are completely hypocritical without having to walk in..

Posted by: newagent99 | July 7, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Could a church require you to carry a gun to get in? Now there's an interesting court case!

Posted by: di89 | July 7, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

His state is in chaos and this is what hes working on? Just think if he got to be president. I heard Bobby isnt his real name either.

Posted by: jimbobkalina | July 7, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

I guess Bobby isn't blind. It says in the Second Amendment that one has the right to keep and bear arms. The only people worse then the libs are the conservatives on the Supreme Court. Apparently they don't like the Constitution either...you can't carry around them. I wonder who is worse, the libs or the conservatives on the court.

Posted by: RobertCurleyJacobs | July 8, 2010 4:29 AM | Report abuse

Gun-free zones very often only affect people who would aren't going to shoot anyone anyway. Those people who plan on violating other laws as well like murdering people who now have no means to defend themselves just love gun-free zones however...

Posted by: honorswar26 | July 8, 2010 5:43 AM | Report abuse

Blessed are the Republicans,
For they shall go armed to the tea party.
Blessed are the tea partiers,
For they shall orchestrate
A coup d'état the next time
They lose an election.

They heard it was okay from
A snake in a tree.
It made a rattling noise
When they stepped close.

Posted by: stephendclark | July 8, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

What! The government is going to allow private citizens to carry concealed firearms into churches! Next thing you know, they will allow armed soldiers to attend religious services in war zones!

Posted by: MikeMcLamara | July 8, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Once freedom is lost there is nothing left to lose. Why? Because if it is lost, freedom is terribly difficult to reclaim.

Posted by: 2009frank | July 8, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

It appears those pedophile priests are getting more and more aggressive. Better put chastity belts on the altar boys while you're at it, Jindal.

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | July 8, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, E.J. for pointing out the truth. The religious right has long since given up anything that resembles the teachings of Christ. When Jesus was about to be arrested, Peter wanted to fight -- in defense -- and Jesus told him to put away his sword.

The integral message of Christ was to "love your enemy". It's such a hard lesson that people haven't been able to follow it in 2,000 years, but it's still the message. The religious right (pious-sounding though they are) have caused hatred rather than love to thrive, hypocrisy rather than purity, and exclusion rather than inclusion. And now Christianity is associated more with the agenda of the far right than anything else. It's a shame.

Posted by: cturtle1 | July 8, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Boy it really must suck living in the fearfilled paranoid world of republicanism. It's a world I'll never choose to live in.

Guns in church...now I've heard everything. Absolutely pathetic.

Posted by: notfooledbydistractions1 | July 8, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Sooo ... who was behind asking Jindal to sign the bill and who asked the legislature to initiate the bill?

Jindal is becoming the Darryl Issa of governors.

Posted by: knjincvc | July 8, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Or, you could take your firearms to Starbucks, where all they worship is money.

Oh wait, that applies to churches, too.

Posted by: seattle_wa | July 8, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

IT SEEMS TO ME that many commentators here believe that carrying of defensive arms should be (and can be!) banned as a rule, with special exemptions carved out where it would be lawful.

THE OPPOSITE IS IN FACT TRUE. Defensive carry is lawful as a general rule, with special exemptions for places where it may be banned (such as the "sensitive places" mentioned by the Supreme Court). Those sensitive places are generally areas that have controlled access points and metal detectors ... like airplanes and federal courthouses ... not places like churches or college campuses.

I mean ... we are now talking about a FUNDAMENTAL right to carry guns for defense ... fundamental as the right to free speech.

Posted by: ambiguae | July 8, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

The Catholic Church is not pacific. I guess the Vatican believes that Jesus was not pacific, probably because of verses such as the one quoted by a commenter above: "[Jesus] said to them, 'But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.'" Luke 22:36

Unfortunately, we live in a world where people need to protect themselves even in churches. For proof, recall the church bombings back in the 60s.

Posted by: TylerHealey | July 8, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Guns in church? Oh well, just another reason not to go to church. I wouldn't care about this except that the NRA and it's army of yahoo supporters won't be satisfied with this. They got guns allowed in national parks...they got guns allowed in churches in LA....next, they'll want guns allowed in schools and universities...then they'll want guns allowed in bars. It'll never end. The last thing Louisiana needs is more morons running around with guns just because they can!

Posted by: LouisianaDoug | July 8, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

The choir should be afraid. Very afraid.

Posted by: Gelfling63 | July 8, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

And the purpose of that law would be? Defend oursleves in church? I know of exactly one instance of someone being shot in a church and that was a right wing loony who killed an abortion Dr. What is the point of such a law?

Posted by: kchses1 | July 8, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

"Those who beat their arms into plows will plow for those who do not."

Thomas. Jefferson

Posted by: Pilot1 | July 8, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

In 1940's Poland Gov. Jindal's law would have been useful to the meek Jews herded into Catholic Churches before being gassed as in Chelmno.

Posted by: johnson0572 | July 8, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

And the purpose of that law would be? Defend oursleves in church? I know of exactly one instance of someone being shot in a church and that was a right wing loony who killed an abortion Dr. What is the point of such a law?

Posted by: kchses1 | July 8, 2010 12:52 PM *******************************************

Maybe you should read the constitution. Who had the most confirmed kills the loony or the Dr?

Posted by: Canopus | July 8, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Guns in church? Oh well, just another reason not to go to church. I wouldn't care about this except that the NRA and it's army of yahoo supporters won't be satisfied with this. They got guns allowed in national parks...they got guns allowed in churches in LA....next, they'll want guns allowed in schools and universities...then they'll want guns allowed in bars. It'll never end. The last thing Louisiana needs is more morons running around with guns just because they can!

Posted by: LouisianaDoug | July 8, 2010 11:04 AM
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Yeah we saw how Louisiana handles a crisis back during Katrina. Take up guns so your property could be looted. Now Obama has picked two judges for the SCOTUS that believe only the government should be armed. Isn't the constitution to protect us from the government? No, governments are our friends. They only killed over 200 million people in the 20th century(more than all wars).

Posted by: Canopus | July 8, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Boy it really must suck living in the fearfilled paranoid world of republicanism. It's a world I'll never choose to live in.

Guns in church...now I've heard everything. Absolutely pathetic.

Posted by: notfooledbydistractions1 | July 8, 2010 9:39 AM
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Only a coward refuses to protect himself and his family from imminent danger as our constution was intended. Fooled by marxism.

Posted by: Canopus | July 8, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

What's with the media blackout for Black Panther Case?

Posted by: Canopus | July 8, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how we have gotten along this long without guns in churches. Is there a problem here that I don't get? Yes, there have been some shootings in churches, just as there have been some in Malls, schools, military bases, day care centers, Post Offices and law offices, etc. The problem with the have guns everywhere carried by everyone is that the element of surprise is the most consistent thing about these shootings. To think you would grab your gun in a situation like this to save the day is ludicrous. Even Police Officers miss their targets. Emotions, the desire to get yourself and your children or loved ones out of harm's way, adrenaline-- all figure into the formula of making it very difficult to save the day against a surprise shooter who appears out of nowhere. Churches are the last place that guns are needed. Can't we go anywhere without guns around? Can't we have a "day of rest"? What is the matter with the gun nuts? That is the only word I can think of to describe the people who want this. Nuts. What kind of world do we want? And armed society is not a polite society. That phrase is absolute nonsense. And what is the matter with Gov. Jindahl? He should know better. He caved to the extreme gun lobby. As Wayne LaPierre once famously said: " The guys with the guns make the rules."

Posted by: aggie2 | July 9, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

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