A church in rural Pennsylvania held a special ceremony to bless members and their AR-15s, leading a nearby school to cancel class for the day.
Pennsylvania church holds a ceremony blessing couples holding AR-15 rifles, encouraging parishioners to bring their assault rifles with them. The event led a nearby school to cancel classes. https://t.co/3zvLbuL0hn pic.twitter.com/LgDxAEfQyz— ABC News (@ABC) February 28, 2018
World Peace & Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania reportedly believes that the AR-15 symbolizes the "rod of iron" in the book of Revelations, and that they are meant to "protect God's children."
Worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles and some wearing bullet crowns, participated in a commitment ceremony today at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, in Newfoundland, Pa. The event led a nearby school to cancel classes for the day. Photos @jacquelinelarma pic.twitter.com/GXzrZeK41z— AP Images (@AP_Images) February 28, 2018
At the ceremony, Rev. Sean Moon prayed for "a kingdom of peace police and peace militia where the citizens, through the right given to them by almighty God to keep and bear arms, will be able to protect one another and protect human flourishing."
Moon's brother, Justin, serves as CEO of weapons manufacturer Kahr Arms.
Couples gathered in a rural church in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains today (some wearing bullet crowns) to bless their marriages and their AR-15s, which they called "rods of iron" meant to "protect God’s children."— AJ+ (@ajplus) February 28, 2018
17 were killed with an AR-15 at a school shooting 2 weeks ago. pic.twitter.com/MDtarjaj8P
I thought reading an article about it would clarify things but it only raised a thousand more questions:— (((Jonathan🌹Mann))) (@songadaymann) February 28, 2018
"The church,believes the AR-15 symbolizes the "rod of iron" in the book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons."https://t.co/gjAkXTmdJo https://t.co/SN51mNyprD
The controversial ceremony comes just two weeks after 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The gunman used an AR-15 in his attack.
"An attendant checked each weapon at the door to make sure it was unloaded and secured with a zip tie."— Kayla Miller (@kayla_miller_KZ) February 28, 2018
That's an important note to include.
Couples clutching AR-15 rifles hold commitment ceremony at Pennsylvania church https://t.co/zKqL186U1X
When Jesus said "love thy neighbor" he really meant wear a crown of bullets and brandish an AR-15 while worshipping him https://t.co/DWNRyLbjBF— Danny Rivero (@TooMuchMe) February 28, 2018
Worth noting that this is not a mainstream Christian Church. Google Sun Myung Moon and Family Federation for World Peace and Unification. https://t.co/uw0xUWr9kc— Kurt Loder (@kurt_loder) February 28, 2018
You know your country is fucked when people are literally wearing "bullet crowns" and hugging guns. https://t.co/5OcH3alglh— Jack Mull (@J4CKMULL) February 28, 2018
If you think these pictures are scary, here's a link the Unification Sanctuary's Peace Police Peace Militia video, training children to attack people with guns and knives:https://t.co/9pko03CMwA https://t.co/ATZdUOPCgW— Mariah Blake (@MariahCBlake) February 28, 2018
Protesters outside pic.twitter.com/0O5d62YqIF— Jim Lockwood (@jlockwoodTT) February 28, 2018
This congregation is an offshoot of Rev. Moon's Unification Church, headed by Moon's son, Justin, who also serves as CEO of the weapons manufacturer Kahr Arms. Its emergence is the next stage in the succession struggle I wrote about for @TNR in 2013: https://t.co/qnXDkVzOXx https://t.co/ATZdUOPCgW— Mariah Blake (@MariahCBlake) February 28, 2018