Anti-Gun Churches and Synagogues
If you attend churches or synagogues affiliated with any these organizations, be aware that even though your local congregation may be solidly Pro-Second Amendment, the national organization is not and a part of your offerings are used to support anti-gun organizations. I left the Methodist Church in part because it’s national office has become far too liberal for my liking, embracing leftist causes like gun control, alternative lifestyles, social justice, and global warming.
Know that if you put money in the offering plate and your church or synagogue is associated with any of these national organizations, you’re funding the war against the Constitution and your gun rights.
WHEREAS the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association passed, in 1972, a resolution advocating mandatory licensing for the purchase and possession of all usable guns and, in 1976, a resolution urging the passage of legislation restricting the ownership or possession of handguns;”
we believe that in the long run and with few exceptions — i.e. police officers, military use — handguns should be eliminated from our society.”
United Methodist Church
The UMC was the principal founder of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence back in the 1970s.
we call upon The United Methodist Church to…support federal legislation to regulate the importation, manufacturing, sale, and possession of guns and ammunition by the general public. Such legislation should include provisions for the registration and licensing of gun purchasers and owners…call upon all governments of the world in which there is a United Methodist presence to establish national bans on ownership by the general public of handguns…”
United Church of Christ
Their policy on Gun Control is hard to find online, though I found a reference to a Synodical resolution just not the text of the resolution itself. They do have opinion pages on their website that do not appear official, but there is not a good solid statement of the church’s position. I did find a page advocating passage of an idiotic bill by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy to limit the sale of high capacity magazines following the Gabby Giffords shooting. I also found a 1995 resolution which calls on the church to
pursue legislation in the United States Congress, State Legislatures, and the United Nations that will…restrict the availability of instruments of violence”
Not sure if that includes brass knuckles, knives, baseball bats, etc., but it seems to cover anything that can be used as an “instrument of violence”. Cars and football helmets might also be covered. Not sure.
To communicate to Congress and the President…our support for the Brady Bill and other controls over the manufacture, sale, and private ownership of handguns and military assault weapons…To call upon all of our congregations, synods, and appropriate agencies to work for the passage and strict enforcement of local, state, and national legislation as appropriate, that rigidly controls the manufacture, importation, exportation, sale, purchase, transfer, receipt, possession or transportation of handguns, assault weapons, and assault-like weapons and their parts, excluding rifles and shotguns used for hunting and sporting purposes, for use other than law enforcement and military purposes;”
Church of the Brethren
See National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (below)
Union for Reform Judaism
(fmrly known as Union of American Hebrew Congregations)
Having trouble finding official policy statements directly attributed to the group, but it does say something that Sarah Brady (of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence) was awarded the Union of American Hebrew Congregations’ “Maurice N. Eisendrath Bearer of Light Award” in 1991. Their Legislative Director interned at the Violence Policy Center where she was tasked with compiling a list of those killed by concealed carry permit holders. The President of the group, Rabbi Eric Yaffie spoke at the Million Mom March and has repeatedly advocated for national gun control.
We also need to involve ourselves in anti-violence coalitions in our local communities. Such coalitions press for local gun control laws and help make our communities whole. Still, we know that without federal legislation, guns will simply be acquired in the states of least resistance. The only way to stop the boomerang of bullets that is killing our children is with national gun control.”
Call on Church members to work for removal of handguns and assault weapons from homes, residential communities and vehicles…Urge the U.S. government to prohibit the export of handguns…Urge Congress to increase restrictions on the sale, ownership, and use of firearms…Encourage legislation to ban carrying concealed firearms…Support the federal ban on assault weapons.”
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA
Policy document on gun violence repeatedly quotes statistics from the Brady Center, makes the fallacious claim that “it must be stressed that there are relatively few shootings by average citizens defending themselves.”
Therefore, together, the member communions of National Council of Churches U.S.A. RESOLVE to call upon our local, state, and federal legislators to enact reforms that limit access to assault weapons and handguns, including closing the so-called federal “gun show loophole”…
Mennonite Central Committee
The Mennonite policy document is less ideological and focuses on two main policy proposals: one gun per month and laws requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen guns. They make an effort to avoid the words “gun control” and claim to offer a policy that protects the rights of hunters and sportsmen. They never advocate outright bans, registration, or licensing, like the more extreme examples above. They do provide a somewhat positive overviews of other proposals (like the assault weapons ban, local handgun bans, and closing the so-called “gun-show loophole”) while not giving them outright support.