Hundreds Gather at Church Hosting Blessing Ceremony Featuring AR-15s
NEWFOUNDLAND, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds of worshippers are gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles.
World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the "rod of iron" in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony Wednesday morning. The AR-15 is the gun used in the Florida high school massacre.
About 50 weapons, secured by orange zip-ties, have been checked in so far by the crown-wearing worshippers.
A church leader is telling those gathered that the ceremony is a blessing of couples, "not a blessing of inanimate objects." He called the AR-15s and crowns "religious accoutrements."
Outside the church are two sign-waving protesters. One sign says "shame" and the other calls the group an "armed cult."
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