Northeast Pennsylvania church to bless couples toting AR-15 rifles

Written by Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press | Feb 20, 2018 6:01 PM

(Undated) -- A Pennsylvania-based offshoot of the Unification Church is encouraging couples to bring their AR-15 rifles with them to a commitment ceremony in the Pocono Mountains, a half-mile from an elementary school.

World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Wayne County, says it planned the Feb. 28 ceremony long before last week's massacre at a Florida high school. Authorities say the alleged shooter used an AR-15.

Tim Elder of the Unification Sanctuary said Tuesday that the church believes the AR-15 symbolizes the "rod of iron" mentioned in the Bible's apocalyptic book of Revelation.

Some parents are expressing alarm, but Elder says the weapons will be unloaded and secured.

The church leader's father is the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church, which often is described as a cult.

Tagged under , , , ,

back to top

Give Now

Estate Planning

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »

Smart Talk

National Edward R. Murrow Awards

DuPont Columbia Awards

Support Local Journalism

Latest News from NPR

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »