Friday, February 13, 2009

Putting Your Faith in God...

...or failing that, Smith and Wesson.

Via The Religion News Service, I see that the Arkansas State House has passed a bill specifically allowing for guns to be carried in churches:

'...The state House on Wednesday narrowly passed a bill to allow concealed weapons permit holders to bring their guns to church. Its fate will now rest with the Senate...

...House Bill 1237, the church-guns bill, won approval on a 57-42 vote.

The bill by Rep. Beverly Pyle, R-Cedarville, would amend state law to remove churches and other places of worship from the list of places where people with permits are not allowed to carry guns.

“Due to many shootings that have happened in our churches across our nation, it is time we changed our concealed handgun law to allow law-abiding citizens of the state of Arkansas the right to defend themselves and others should a situation happen in one of our churches,” Pyle told House members...'

This really doesn't speak well of the faith the Arkansas State Government has in Arkansas religious institutions to be a force for peace in this world. If the State House feels that churches offering messages of peace are ineffective without some serious packed heat to back up the message, then what are they doing funneling money to 'Faith Based Initiatives?'