Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Big Bang Theology God, Guns Mingle in Posey County Church Event [Corrected 05/17/12]

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Big Bang Theology God, Guns Mingle in Posey County Church Event [Corrected 05/17/12]

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One Posey County pastor has decided to mix guns, home security and religion with a weapons safety program and target practice. Old Union Christian Church will have training in the use of handguns, shotguns and assault rifles May 19. The event will feature firing ranges and mock-ups of home invasions.

The Rev. Baret Fawbush, in his second year as pastor of Old Union Christian Church in rural Posey County, says he is expecting 150 to 200 "shooters" at the church, 10017 S. State Road Ind. 165 in Poseyville, Ind.

"We are going to use paper zombies as targets so as not to have human forms being shot," he said. "Zombie culture is really popular these days so it was a natural fit." (Zombies are fictional beings, usually humans who have returned from the dead and walk the Earth.)

Fawbush says he saw a need for teaching people to be more comfortable with firearms in their homes after a series of robberies and home invasions in Posey County recently.

Fawbush, who says he and his wife are both "regular shooters," said that at the event educational sessions will be offered hourly on gun safety and handling. Retired policeman Guy Minnis will offer instruction on "when homeowners can use deadly force" in Indiana, Fawbush said.

"The event has taken on a life of its own, we are expecting shooters from St. Louis, Chicago, Cincinnati, and Nashville, Tenn. It's a regional event now."

As for the message of peace and pacifism that many Christian ministries promote, Fawbush sees no conflict with the event featuring a full day of weapon fire.

"I am ministering to the physical needs of people, not just their spiritual needs. With the home invasions especially of elderly residents, the need for making people comfortable with guns in the home is important.

"And we have more of a gun culture in Posey County," Fawbush said. …

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