Take Your Guns to Church: The Second Amendment and Church Autonomy
Liberty University Law Review, Volume 8, Number 3 (Summer 2014)
62 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2014
Date Written: July 5, 2014
In my article, Don’t Take Your Guns to Church: The Second Amendment and the Sanctuary, I contend that the State lacks the jurisdictional authority to regulate weapons in the Church, the “mansion house of the omnipotent God.” I argue that the Church must reassert its jurisdiction over its own sanctuaries, and reject the State’s usurpations in the area of church security. The Church must guard the sanctuary, serve as a check upon the State’s oppressive laws, and confront criminals who would destroy God’s people. As a solution to the State’s regulation of weapons in the Church, I propose that the Church and individual Christians challenge such weapon laws through the Church’s autonomous jurisdiction and also through the First and Second Amendments.
Keywords: Church Security, Church and State, Weapons in Church, Church Autonomy, Separation of Church and State, Jurisdiction, Church, State, Second Amendment, Sanctuary, Sanctuary Law
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