First up from the God Machine this week is one of those rare stories that involves churches, politicians, and loaded firearms. The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, reported this week:
The [state] Senate on Tuesday passed the “Mississippi Church Protection Act” to allow armed security in churches, concealed carry without a permit and to provide for attempts to nullify federal regulations and executive orders that would limit gun rights.There was much debate. Sen. Hillman Frazier, D-Jackson, waved a sheathed sword and quoted Bible Scripture as he argued against passage of the bill. Proponents also quoted Scripture, and even the Five Man Electrical Band – “signs, signs, everywhere signs” – as they fended off an amendment to require churches with armed security to post signs.