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The World Peace and Unification Sanctuary - Guns

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 11:16am -- Edwin Lopez
The World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, also known as the Sanctuary Church and a breakaway from the Unification Church, believes guns are a symbol of the "rod of iron" referenced in the Book of Revelations. EFE
The controversial church in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, held a blessing ceremony on Wednesday for hundreds of couples wearing crowns made of bullets and carrying AR-15-style assault rifles. EFE
Parishioners with the Sanctuary Church hold onto their AR-15s, which churchgoers were encouraged to bring to a blessing ceremony to rededicate their marriages at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, USA, Feb. 28, 2018. EPA-EFE/Jim Lo Scalzo
A parishioner with the Sanctuary Church holds onto her AR-15, which churchgoers were encouraged to bring to a blessing ceremony to rededicate their marriages at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, USA, Feb. 28, 2018. EPA-EFE/Jim Lo Scalzo
The World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, also known as the Sanctuary Church and a breakaway from the Unification Church, believes guns are a symbol of the "rod of iron" referenced in the Book of Revelations. EPA-EFE/Jim Lo Scalzo
The World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, also known as the Sanctuary Church and a breakaway from the Unification Church, believes guns are a symbol of the "rod of iron" referenced in the Book of Revelations. EPA-EFE/Jim Lo Scalzo
The World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, also known as the Sanctuary Church and a breakaway from the Unification Church, believes guns are a symbol of the "rod of iron" referenced in the Book of Revelations. EPA-EFE/Jim Lo Scalzo
A parishioner with the Sanctuary Church holds onto his gun, which churchgoers were encouraged to bring to a blessing ceremony to rededicate their marriages at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, USA, Feb. 28, 2018. EPA-EFE/Jim Lo Scalzo
The World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, also known as the Sanctuary Church and a breakaway from the Unification Church, believes guns are a symbol of the "rod of iron" referenced in the Book of Revelations. EPA-EFE/Jim Lo Scalzo
The World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, also known as the Sanctuary Church and a breakaway from the Unification Church, believes guns are a symbol of the "rod of iron" referenced in the Book of Revelations. EPA-EFE/Jim Lo Scalzo
A parishioner with the Sanctuary Church wears a crown of bullets during a blessing ceremony to rededicate marriages at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, USA, Feb. 28, 2018. EPA-EFE/Jim Lo Scalzo
The church defines a "rod of iron" as "an AR15 semiautomatic rifle or equivalents such as an AK semiautomatic rifle." EPA-EFE/Jim Lo Scalzo
The church defines a "rod of iron" as "an AR15 semiautomatic rifle or equivalents such as an AK semiautomatic rifle." EPA-EFE/Jim Lo Scalzo
Hyung Jin Moon (R) of the Sanctuary Church takes a gold AR-15 from his wife, Rev. Yeon Ah Lee Moon (L), during a ceremony to rededicate marriages at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, USA, 28 February 2018. EPA-EFE/Jim Lo Scalzo
Rev. Hyung Jin Moon (L), and his wife Rev. Yeon Ah Lee Moon (R) of the Sanctuary Church participate in a ceremony to rededicate marriages at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, USA, 28 February 2018. EPA-EFE/Jim Lo Scalzo