November 15, 2018

Positivity: There’s scripture backing up Trump’s idea to arm houses of worship

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Mississippi and other parts of the U.S., in an article which somehow got published at CNN.com:

Updated 6:30 PM ET, Mon October 29, 2018

When Rabbi Hillel Norry walks though the valley of the shadow of death, he carries something more than a rod and a staff to comfort him.

He tucks a large-caliber handgun in his waistband and keeps a watchful eye on his synagogue.

A black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Norry says he armed himself years ago after a man who had left anti-Semitic messages on his phone appeared at a synagogue he once led and threatened to harm him.

A lanky man with a salt-and-pepper beard, Norry says he is a man of peace — he’s a vegetarian who believes in “ethical eating.” But he also says it’s ethical for clergy and parishioners to be armed. He cites the Bible’s description of religious leaders as “shepherds” as proof.

“If we’re the shepherds, the first job of the shepherd is to protect the flock from the wolf,” says Norry, a visiting rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in Gulfport, Mississippi. “Why does a shepherd carry a stick? So he can whack the wolf.”

… (The Rev. Brady) Boyd cites a saying from Jesus in Matthew 10:16 to justify why he now has armed security at his church: Jesus said his followers should be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”

… As opposition to him mounted, Jesus told his disciples in Luke: 22:36-38, “If you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” …

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