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UT – SELF-PROTECTION – The Mormon Church Just Made Parishioners A Sitting Duck For Would-Be Attackers

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints created a new policy barring parishioners from legally carrying a firearm during services. After receiving pushback, the church was forced to “clarify” their position. Instead of sticking solely with firearms, the church says no “lethal weapons” are allowed on the property. The policy comes after a new firearm law went into effect in Texas. The law makes it clear those who are concealed handgun licensees may carry a firearm in houses of worship. According to Matthew Bowman, an associate professor of history and religion and Howard W. Hunter Chair in Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University, this policy change took place for two reasons: 1) the rise of “gun violence” across America has forced the church to address the issue and 2) this is “the church’s attempt to adapt to being a more global religion, representative of cultures other than the American West that is steeped in hunting and guns.”  [full article]

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