4 March, 20:04

Kentucky Churches Raffling Guns to Promote Membership

by Lauren Murphy

WASHINGTON (VR) – A Baptist church in Kentucky is holding an event March 6 that includes a gun give away aimed at recruiting new members. The Lone Oak Baptist Church in Paducah is expecting a crowd of up to 1,000 at a “faith and firearms” event, dubbed “Second Amendment Celebration,” where along with a free steak dinner; enthusiasts will have the chance to enter a raffle to win one of 25 guns.

A call to the Lone Oak Baptist Church searching for comment was not returned.

Events like this aren’t new to Kentucky Baptist churches, but they used to be used more as a celebration than a political statement. Robert Parham, Executive Director of the Baptist Center for Ethics in Nashville, Tenn. and the Executive Editor of news website Ethics Daily said the new twist on these events “runs the risk of being politicized, pitting gun control advocates of faith, against anti-gun control advocates of faith.” Parham calls it “divisive and counterproductive.”

The event is being sponsored by the Kentucky Baptist Convention, an organization that has also supported other events like the one at Lone Oak.

In states such as Alabama, Texas and others with large rural populations, guns and church are considered by some to be a long standing cultural tradition, Parham added.

It is hard to separate God from politics completely, he said, but “God transcends all political parties.”

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