Ky. Church: Praise the Lord, Pack Your Heat
By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2009 7:09 AM CDT
Pastor Ken Pagano talks to those gathered at a service at the New Bethel Church where people were invited to bring their own firearms to the sanctuary in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, June 27, 2009.   (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, Pool)
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(Newser) – Some 200 pistol-packing parishioners filled a church in Louisville, Ky., yesterday to celebrate the somewhat unlikely combination of freedom of religion and the right to bear arms, reports the Courier-Journal. Church members checked to ensure the weapons were unloaded and holstered before pastor Ken Pagano led the congregation in patriotic songs and prayers.

"We love God, we love our country," said Pagano. "Without a belief in God, without a belief even in firearms, I don't believe this country would be here the way it is today. There's nothing to be ashamed of." An insurance provider dropped coverage of the New Bethel Church just days before the event.