Episcopal Churches in GA Ban Guns Following Passage of New Gun Laws

May 1 2014
by GSL Staff
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Apparently the leaders of the Episcopal don’t like the idea of their members being able to protect themselves.

Last month, a bill was signed into law in Georgia that allows churches to opt-in to allow members of their church to carry weapons. Note this is an opt-in process, so this announcement by the Episcopal Church is obviously just grandstanding.

According to a report in the AJC,

Episcopal churches in Middle and North Georgia have banned firearms from their sanctuaries following Gov. Nathan Deal’s approval of legislation that widely expands the state’s gun laws.

Bishop Robert Wright of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta issued the directive Monday, telling church leaders and parishioners that the only exception to the policy will be on-duty law enforcement officers.

“My judgment and this policy are based on the normative understanding of the teachings of Jesus as the Episcopal Church has received them,” Wright wrote in a letter about House Bill 60, which takes effect July 1. “This matter and I hope this policy afford us yet another opportunity to live the words we pray each week.”

The law that will allow churches to opt-in doesn’t even take effect until July 1st, so once again, this seems to be grandstanding.

Will this effect anyone’s choice to attend an Episcopal church in Georgia?

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