WNEP DREHER TOWNSHIP — A church ceremony inviting hundreds of people to bring their high-powered rifles sparked controversy and protest Wednesday morning in part of the Poconos.The ceremony at Sanctuary Church near Newfoundland started at 10 a.m. and wrapped up shortly before noon.Followers of the offshoot from the Unification Church came with their AR-15s which they believe are the rod of iron mentioned in the bible.Reverend Sean Moon, son of the late Sun Myung Moon, led the blessing of couples inside the church. Several hundred worshippers wore crowns — some made of bullets — and held their firearms throughout the ceremony.Just within the last year, Rev. Moon incorporated the belief of the rod of iron and a human right to bear arms.There was a lot of media attention on this ceremony, mainly because of the involvement of the same weapon used in recent mass shootings across the country.Even before the blessing ceremony at Sanctuary Church started, members of the congregation and their assault-style rifles had to go through security.Unloaded and zip-tied for safety, the guns became part of the ceremony at the request of Reverend Sean Moon, son of the late Sun Myung Moon who believed he was Jesus Christ.”Jesus did return in 1920. He returned with a new name,” said Tim Elder of Sanctuary Church.The sanctuary was packed. Most were Koreans and all are firm believers that they are kings and queens wearing crowns — some made of bullets –and dozens were armed with AR-15 rifles.”We pray they would stand as kings and queens with their crown and rod of iron,” said Rev. Sean Moon.Even though Sun Myung Moon never taught the biblical “rod of iron” to be an AR-15 like his son, Franco fully supports the idea that these guns are God’s gift of self-defense.”If you don’t have a rod of iron then, unfortunately, you can come into a situation where your life can come to an end. Who else is there to blame if you yourself didn’t take the responsibility to preserve your own life? “Franco asked.
Yep. This is a real headline. This isn’t an Onion headline even though every part of your brain is telling you that it is. Near where I live near North East PA, in absolute nowhere, pretty much in the middle of the woods there is a mostly Korean based c̶u̶l̶t̶ church called the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary that in their infinite wisdom that the best course of action after the horrific school shooting that occurred two weeks ago that was carried out with the use of an AR-15, was to have the congregation bring in their AR-15s so that they could be blessed in a very typical, non-alarming ritual. That is what this c̶u̶l̶t̶ house of God decided was appropriate way to move forward. There are some absolutely, completely understandable excerpts and quotes that came from this.
Followers of the offshoot from the Unification Church came with their AR-15s which they believe are the rod of iron mentioned in the bible.
Apparently the Bible speaks of the rod of iron as some sort of instrument that a person can elect to use to destroy everything in their path. I never was taught that at CCD but I’m sure it’s meant to be taken literally so it makes perfect sense that they did this. Personally, the only rod of iron I will accept is Ivan Drago. I kind of think Sly Stallone missed a golden opportunity not naming him that. Then again, if he did it would of been confusing having his fight with the big Russian not only about the Cold War but about biblical war as well.
Unloaded and zip-tied for safety, the guns became part of the ceremony at the request of Reverend Sean Moon, son of the late Sun Myung Moon who believed he was Jesus Christ.”Jesus did return in 1920. He returned with a new name,” said Tim Elder of Sanctuary Church.
Couple of things here. First, of course the guns were unloaded and zip-tied for safety. You wouldn’t think for one second that a c̶u̶l̶t̶ church that is having a ceremony where they let the parishioners bring in their semi-automatic weapons have live ammunition in them do you? That be truly irresponsible and in poor taste. Secondly, you folks who are waiting for the rapture have been way off for nearly a century. Jesus came back in 1920 and changed his name to Myung Moon. He just came back, blended in with the people and started a c̶u̶l̶t̶ church called World Peace and Unification Sanctuary. You know, a regular sounding bible style name.
Jonathan Franco of Tannersville was born into the Unification Church and now follows the offshoot Sanctuary Church.
Even though Sun Myung Moon never taught the biblical “rod of iron” to be an AR-15 like his son, Franco fully supports the idea that these guns are God’s gift of self-defense.
“If you don’t have a rod of iron then, unfortunately, you can come into a situation where your life can come to an end. Who else is there to blame if you yourself didn’t take the responsibility to preserve your own life? “Franco asked.
Maybe in the future, it will be a requirement that everyone has a rod of iron handy. Like one of those situations where you have a glass box that says “break in case of an emergency” but above it you have Rod Of Iron. I would hope that everybody’s Rod Of Iron could be their choice and not all have to be AR-15s. Whatever you see fit. If you think your Rod Of Iron should be any of the weapons from Teenage Mutant Turtles, go for it.
And easily the most measured occurrence at the ceremony was the wearing of crowns made of bullets. Just like they wore in the Bible
Nothing says tolerance and turn the other cheek, a few things I did learn in CCD, quite going to a c̶u̶l̶t̶ church wearing a crown made of objects whose main purpose is to end life.
Needless to say, business is picking up at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary. I imagine that in the Summer time, at their c̶u̶l̶t̶ 4th of July church BBQ there will be a blessing of grenades, rocket launchers and all forms of explosion type weapons. Pretty easy call.