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Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition

How do you get kids to come to your church event? You offer them a real semiautomatic assault rifle, that's how.

Well, that would have happened at an Oklahoma City church, but it has now called off plans to give away a rifle at its weekend gathering of teenagers, the church's pastor has said.

The KFI AM 640 radio station's website tells us, "Plans called for Windsor Hills Baptist to give away the weapon as a way of encouraging attendance at the gathering but plans changed when one the event's organizers was unable to attend, KOCO 5, Oklahoma City, reported Sunday."

When an event organiser was unable to attend, note, not that these are lethal weapons (go and shoot up a celebration of Holy Communion and you could call them weapons of Mass destruction – maybe not!).

The story goes on:

The church's pastor, Bob Ross, said officials anticipated hundreds of teenagers from as far away as Canada would attend.

"We have 21 hours of preaching and teaching throughout the week," Ross told KOCO 5.

The church Web site featured a video showing the shooting competition from last year's conference. A gun was given away last year, but this year organizers decided to highlight the giveaway in promotions for the conference.

Ross told the TV station the church was not "putting a weapon in the hand of somebody that doesn't respect it who are then going to go out and kill."

The gun giveaway has been taken down from the Web site, but Ross said the church will give the gun away next year.

Oh, goody! They'll get their guns after all.

Perhaps the Church Lads' Brigade can order a ton of semtex while you're at it. And how about some 44mm ground-to-air missiles for the church bazaar? Popping those helium-filled balloons is a hoot! And if you don't want yours you can always take it to the bring-and-buy sale and come away with an AK-47 Kalashnikov instead.

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