Our Turn: Liz Lerner Maclay et al.: A religious movement against guns – The Providence Journal

By Liz Lerner Maclay et al.

The day before the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, a broad, interfaith group of Rhode Island clergy met to plan worship services and action for responsible gun safety legislation throughout Rhode Island. Events the next day in Florida only strengthened our motivation and our congregations.

Together, we are united in our faith and commitment to seeing this done, now, to safeguard our children, our various houses of worship, and all of the citizens of our state. We call for the passage of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018, the Safe Schools Act of 2018, and the High Capacity Magazine Ban, in this legislative session.

 For us, these laws are real-world applications of an age-old Biblical precept found in Isaiah 2:4: “And God shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people, and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

This comes from a time when military weaponry was only available for war, not for individuals and private citizens to employ upon each other. Firearms used for war and violence — not shotguns and rifles intended for hunting and sport — need to be banned.

 On Mother’s Day weekend, from next Friday to Sunday, across our various faiths, and in the spirit of Isaiah’s command, we will turn our swords into plowshares. In these worship services, a number of us will re-dedicate disabled firearms for a new purpose, then donate them to artists, who will, in turn, transform them into art and gardening tools. After the services, our congregants will write letters and postcards to our legislators in support of gun safety legislation. Together, on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 15, we will deliver

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