Pastor encourages guns in church

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A Louisville church is inviting gun
owners to bring their pistols to the church to celebrate the Fourth
of July and the Second Amendment.

New Bethel Church is welcoming “responsible handgun owners” to
wear their firearms Saturday, June 27 at the church. An Internet ad
for the event says there will be a handgun raffle, patriotic music
and information on gun safety.

Church pastor Ken Pagano says guns must be unloaded at the event and private security will check visitors at the door.

Marian McClure Taylor, executive director of the Kentucky
Council of Churches, says Christian churches work to prevent
violent harm and promote peace, but most “allow for arms to be
taken up under certain conditions.”

Alone in St. Anne Church, Detroit, MI.

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Here’s the interior of St. Anne’s Church, Detroit, MI.

2 Alarm Fire in a Vacant Church, Woodward Avenue Detroit – 5/11/14

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At approximately 6:30AM Engine 1 had just extinguished an automobile fire and was returning to quarters when they reported smoke and a possible fire several blocks away. On investigation they found a fire in a vacant church on Woodward Avenue and Edmund Place and requested the box. When Chief 1 arrived on the scene he called for a second alarm, as well as two additional engine companies. Senior Chief reported that units would be taking a defensive posture, as the church by this point was fully involved. Three ladder trucks and supporting engines brought the fire under control within an hour. Crews were hampered by low water pressure and equipment problems, with Ladder 7 overheating and having to go to the repair shop. Engine 9 overheated and caught fire, requiring an additional engine to extinguish.

The 125-year-old church was a total loss. Arson is suspected, as the owner had sought to demolish the church, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The location had been placed on a list of potential owner arson targets by the Department of Justice, who got in touch with arson investigators. Due to the condition of the building and the facade facing out over a busy street, it was partly demolished later in the day.