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Jackson, D-Thomasville, has filed a bill for the current legislative session that would make doing so illegal. He’s not sure it’ll become law — Democrats are outnumbered in Montgomery — but he hopes the bill will get people talking.
“If we as Christians put more faith in Smith & Wesson than we do in God, then we’ve got a problem,” Jackson said, speaking by phone Thursday.
Jackson, an associate pastor at New Hope Baptist Church in Thomasville, said he was shocked to learn how many people carry guns into church.
That sentiment is echoed by the Rev. Lee Shafer at Grace Episcopal Church in Anniston.
People carry them in their purses, Shafer said.
The matter went largely unknown to Shafer until a church-related meeting not long ago, when the topic came up and folks started talking.
“The saddest thing is that there’s a need for guns anywhere,” Shafer said. “Wouldn’t it be horrible if a child got hold of a gun in church?”
Churches, like private business, can ban guns from their buildings, but Shafer said there is no such ban at her church.
While the idea of having a congregation packing pistols along with their Bibles doesn’t sit well with her, Shafer said, “There’s just too many other things for people to get upset about” for this topic to concern her greatly.
Shafer was hesitant to try to decipher the Bible’s message on carrying weapons into church.
Call any 10 pastors and you’ll get 10 different biblical interpretations, Shafer explained, but she quoted the biblical commandment to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
“Does this contradict that? Not necessarily, but at the same time Jesus was such a nonviolent presence,” Shafer said.