Recently we commented rather critically about a guy in Pennsylvania who brought a handgun to an Easter mass, only to have the weapon discharge.
Fortunately, nobody was hurt. But even if the bullet that was fired hadn't (through sheer coincidence) missed hitting other people, we still would assert that carrying firearms -- concealed or not -- into a church would fall under the categories of ill-advised at best and highly irresponsible at worst. And that's basically what we said in our post.
Now, come to find out that firearms in church are a worship best practice, according to the world's foremost expert on God's position regarding a range of social and economic issues.
"It's seems the one place in America you'd think you be safe: A church," says Pat Robertson, eerily capturing the exact thoughts of every parishioner in that Altoona church after that gun went off during their Easter service.
Then Robertson runs a segment on something called "Sheepdog Seminars for Churches," in which security experts show congregants how to form "eyes and ears teams" and "also advocate the use of spiritual weapons like fasting and prayer."
Robertson, though, suggests adding a layer of extra, high-caliber protection to church security.
"I do believe that if people are trained with firearms and they're able to protect themselves, I don't think it will lead to more violence, it will lead to less," he says.
We're still awaiting word on the firearms training status of the guy in Altoona whose carelessness could have killed someone.
This story, "We were wrong about the guns in church thing: Pat Robertson says it's OK" was originally published by Fritterati.