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Worshippers at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary hold weapons during their service February 28, 2018 in New Foundland, Pennsylvania.
Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the "rod of iron" in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT

Gépkarabélyokat ölelgető, koronás házaspárokat áldottak meg egy pennsylvaniai istentiszteleten

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2018. 03. 01. 13:06

Több száz, fehérbe öltözött, koronát viselő, AR-15-ös gépkarabélyt ölelgető hívő vett részt szerdán egy pannsylvaniai istentiszteleten – írja helyszíni beszámolójában a CBS News.

NEWFOUNDLAND, PA - FEBRUARY 28: A woman holds an AR-15 rifle during a ceremony at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania on February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. The controversial church, which is led by the son of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, believes the AR-15 symbolizes the "rod of iron" in the biblical book of Revelation, and it has encouraged couples to bring the weapons to a "commitment ceremony" or "Perfection Stage Book of Life Registration Blessing". Officials in the rural area in the Pocono Mountains have reportedly told elementary school parents that their children will be relocated on Wednesday to accommodate the AR-15 ceremony. The semiautomatic rifles are similar to the weapons used in a Florida high school shooting two weeks earlier.   Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP
Fotó: Spencer Platt / Getty Images / AFP

Az Egyesülés Egyházának dogmája szerint, a Zsoltárok könyvében álló sor: „Vasvesszővel verheted őket, és mint a cserépedényt, összetörheted” az Egyesült Államok alkotmányának, a szabad fegyvertartás jogáról szóló, második kiegészítésére vonatkozik, a vasvessző pedig konkrétan az AR-15-ös gépkarabélyt jelöli.

Worshippers at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary hold weapons during their service February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania.
Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the "rod of iron" in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT
Fotó: Don Emmert / AFP

A kritikusai szerint, a keresztény szektaként működő egyházat jelenleg az alapító Sun Myung Moon tiszteletes fia, Sean Moon vezeti.

NEWFOUNDLAND, PA - FEBRUARY 28: Reverend Hyung Jin Moon, the church's pastor and the son of the late Sun Myung Moon, participates in a ceremony at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania on February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. The controversial church, which is led by the son of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, believes the AR-15 symbolizes the "rod of iron" in the biblical book of Revelation, and it has encouraged couples to bring the weapons to a Ňcommitment ceremonyÓ or ŇPerfection Stage Book of Life Registration BlessingÓ. Officials in the rural area in the Pocono Mountains have reportedly told elementary school parents that their children will be relocated on Wednesday to accommodate the AR-15 ceremony. The semiautomatic rifles are similar to the weapons used in a Florida high school shooting two weeks earlier.   Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP
Fotó: Spencer Platt / Getty Images / AFP

A főpap szerdán „a békerendőrség, és a békehadsereg királyságáért” imádkozott, ahol „a polgárok, élve a mindenható Isten által rájuk ruházott joggal, fegyvereket tartanak és hordanak, hogy megvédhessék magukat, egymást és az emberiség virágzását.”

A man wearing a crown of rifle shells, takes communion, as worshippers at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary attend services February 28, 2018 in New Foundland, Pennsylvania.
Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the "rod of iron" in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT
Fotó: Don Emmert / AFP

Az asszonyok fehér ruhában, a férfiak fekete öltönyben érkeztek a templomba, ahol megújították egymásnak tett hűségfogadalmukat. A lelkész a párokat, és a fegyvereiket is megáldotta.

Worshippers prepare for services at a World Peace and Unification Sanctuary service on February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania.
Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the "rod of iron" in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT
Fotó: Don Emmert / AFP

A bejáratnál minden gépkarabélyt ellenőriztek, hogy nincsenek-e töltve, majd egy műanyag gyorskötözővel biztosították, hogy ne lehessen betárazni őket.

NEWFOUNDLAND, PA - FEBRUARY 28: An AR-15 rifle is inspected before a ceremony at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania on February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. The controversial church, which is led by the son of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, believes the AR-15 symbolizes the "rod of iron" in the biblical book of Revelation, and it has encouraged couples to bring the weapons to a "commitment ceremony" or "Perfection Stage Book of Life Registration Blessing". Officials in the rural area in the Pocono Mountains have reportedly told elementary school parents that their children will be relocated on Wednesday to accommodate the AR-15 ceremony. The semiautomatic rifles are similar to the weapons used in a Florida high school shooting two weeks earlier.   Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP
Fotó: Spencer Platt / Getty Images / AFP

Tim Elder, az egyház „világmissziós vezetője” a híveknek elmondta, hogy a szertartás az emberekről, és nem élettelen tárgyakról szól, a gépkarabélyokat ugyanakkor kegytárgyaknak nevezte.

NEWFOUNDLAND, PA - FEBRUARY 28: A woman prays while holding an AR-15 rifle during a ceremony at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania on February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. The controversial church, which is led by the son of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, believes the AR-15 symbolizes the "rod of iron" in the biblical book of Revelation, and it has encouraged couples to bring the weapons to a "commitment ceremony" or "Perfection Stage Book of Life Registration Blessing". Officials in the rural area in the Pocono Mountains have reportedly told elementary school parents that their children will be relocated on Wednesday to accommodate the AR-15 ceremony. The semiautomatic rifles are similar to the weapons used in a Florida high school shooting two weeks earlier.   Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP
Fotó: Spencer Platt / Getty Images / AFP

Az istentisztelet alig két héttel az után tartották, hogy a 19 éves Nicolas Cruz 17 embert mészárolt le egy floridai középiskolában, egy AR-15-ös gépkarabéllyal.

NEWFOUNDLAND, PA - FEBRUARY 28: A church offical throws water during a ceremony at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania on February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. The controversial church, which is led by the son of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, believes the AR-15 symbolizes the "rod of iron" in the biblical book of Revelation, and it has encouraged couples to bring the weapons to a Ňcommitment ceremonyÓ or ŇPerfection Stage Book of Life Registration BlessingÓ. Officials in the rural area in the Pocono Mountains have reportedly told elementary school parents that their children will be relocated on Wednesday to accommodate the AR-15 ceremony. The semiautomatic rifles are similar to the weapons used in a Florida high school shooting two weeks earlier.   Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP
Fotó: Spencer Platt / Getty Images / AFP

A templom előtt a fegyvertartás szigorítását követelő tüntetők, és rendőrök gyülekeztek.

„Nem kell ahhoz egy rohadt gépfegyver, hogy meg tudjam védeni magam. Ezek csak gyilkolásra valók. Ezek a fegyverek arra jók, hogy tömegeket mészároljanak le velük. És ők meg akarják áldani ezeket. Szégyen rájuk” – mondta Lisa Desiena, az egyik demostráló.

NEWFOUNDLAND, PA - FEBRUARY 28: Anti-gun protesters demonstrate outside as couples with AR-15 rifles and other guns attend a ceremony at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary on February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. The controversial church, which is led by the son of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, believes the AR-15 symbolizes the "rod of iron" in the biblical book of Revelation, and it has encouraged couples to bring the weapons to a "commitment ceremony" or "Perfection Stage Book of Life Registration Blessing". Officials in the rural area in the Pocono Mountains have reportedly told elementary school parents that their children will be relocated on Wednesday to accommodate the AR-15 ceremony. The semiautomatic rifles are similar to the weapon used in a Florida high school shooting on February 14.   Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP
Fotó: Spencer Platt / Getty Images / AFP

A ceremóniát egy iskola közelében tartották. Az intézmény vezetése felfüggesztette délutánra a tanítást, és egy távolabbi iskolaépületbe vezényelték az összes diákot.

NEWFOUNDLAND, PA - FEBRUARY 28: A man holds a pistol during a ceremony at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania on February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. The controversial church, which is led by the son of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, believes the AR-15 symbolizes the "rod of iron" in the biblical book of Revelation, and it has encouraged couples to bring the weapons to a "commitment ceremony" or "Perfection Stage Book of Life Registration Blessing". Officials in the rural area in the Pocono Mountains have reportedly told elementary school parents that their children will be relocated on Wednesday to accommodate the AR-15 ceremony. The semiautomatic rifles are similar to the weapons used in a Florida high school shooting two weeks earlier.   Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP
Fotó: Spencer Platt / Getty Images / AFP

„Az embereknek joguk van hozzá, hogy fegyvert tartsanak, és Isten királyságában meg kell tudnunk védeni magunkat. Meg kell védenünk magunkat a gonosztól” – nyilatkozta a 41 éves  Sreymom Ouk, aki a férjével Sort Oukkal, és az AR-15-ösével vett részt a szertartáson.

Kiemelt kép: Don Emmert / AFP

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