Freedom of religion and the right to bear arms -- two great tastes that taste great together:
A pastor in Kentucky is redefining the tradition of wearing your Sunday best to services by encouraging his congregation to strap on holsters and bring their weapons to church.
Pastor Ken Pagano of New Bethel Church in Louisville, Ky., says that he organized an "Open Carry Celebration" to promote responsible gun ownership....
The celebration scheduled for Sunday, June 27, will feature YouTube videos promoting gun safety and will ask congregants to join in singing patriotic songs, according to Pagano.
A $1 raffle to win a free handgun will also be part of the festivities.
The article quickly devolves into a bunch of critical quotes from a Brady Campaign leader, a Million Mom March organizer, and a rival reverend. (Presumably they disapprove of the gun safety videos.) I can't help suspecting the main reason ABC News did the piece was to allow unsympathetic readers to gape at Pagano's plans. Whereas the main reason I'm covering it is for an excuse to embed this classic from the Beat Farmers:
If you live in Louisville and want to attend the event, the details are here. "All that is asked," the church's website notes, "is that you bring a sidearm, a friend who has a sidearm and a canned good for local food bank."