Sturbuck Community Church. Address: 113 Front St. Starbuck, Washington 99359. Taken by Steven Pavlov.

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.