If you pay attention to the gun nuttery in America, you'll notice that a lot of folks try to find Biblical imperatives to justify their arsenals, in much the same way they use the Bible to give the Holy Okay for their homophobia and other bigoted positions. I guess this comes about because liberals frequently go to that conservative book of choice whenever they're pointing out blatant cases of hypocrisy among the fundamentalist right. It's a one-stop tome for every possible political adherent in America, the book equivalent of Walmart.
Rev. John Koletas
A pastor of an upstate New York Baptist church has determined that the best way for him to draw more folks into his flock is by doing what Jesus would most certainly want him to do: he's giving away a Smith and Wesson M&P semi-automatic version of an AR-15 to one lucky member of his congregation.
Because nothing says Peace on Earth like an assault rifle that can burp out 800 rounds a minute. Ask Adam Lanza or James Holmes.
Here's how Rev. John Koletas of Grace Baptist Church in Troy, New York explained the gun giveaway raffle:
“We’re honoring gun owners and hunters,” the Rev. John Koletas, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Troy, told the Daily News. “And we’re being a blessing and a help to people who have been attacked, viciously attacked, by socialists and anti-Christian people — the politicians and the media.”
“It may be foreign to most city dwellers. It may seem controversial to people who don’t read their Bibles,” added Koletas, seated inside his two-story Melrose home with a chicken coop out back.
I don't know much about the teachings of Jesus, and I'm certainly not a Bible scholar. But I do know that if a rightwinger wants to raise some serious cash for a political campaign, or draw a lot of folks to a church, all he has to do is offer a free weapon to those who show up. It's like a fresh pile of steaming bullshit to flies, they simply can't resist the siren call. Even a person who already owns more weapons than a National Guard armory will be tempted to sign up for one more, especially if it's free.
It's become a common theme. Wrap a flag around a Bible, put a handgun or an assault rifle on top, and call it Amurca! Then wait for the liberal firestorm to drum up all the bidness you can handle.