Janet M. LaRue

The battle to demonize the National Rifle Association became a religious crusade when the Rev. Jim Wallis, CEO of Sojourners and “progressive” spiritual advisor to President Obama, convened some clergy for a witch trial.

As a foreword, if you join the NRA, as about 250,000 folks have done in the past few weeks, you’ll be affirming your support for the Second Amendment, not the Nicene Creed.

Wallis rounded up a posse of fellow progressive clergy for a press conference in Washington, DC on Jan. 15. Their heresy detector spiked after Wayne LaPierre, CEO and Executive Vice President of the NRA, responded to irrational calls to ban so-called “assault weapons,” following the murderous rampage at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn. by a mentally disturbed gunman.

LaPierre called instead for armed guards in schools, saying:

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

Wallis condemned the statement, as “morally mistaken, theologically dangerous, and religiously repugnant.”

And that was after Wallis and his Sojourners pledged to a “Covenant for Civility” in 2010:

“We pledge to God and to each other that we will lead by example in a country where civil discourse seems to have broken down. We will work to model a better way in how we treat each other in our many faith communities, even across religious and political lines. We will strive to create in our congregations safe and sacred spaces for common prayer and community discussion as we come together to seek God's will for our nation and our world.”

The Rev. Jim should know there’s not a jot or a tittle in the Bible condemning the principle of LaPierrre’s statement as “morally mistaken, theologically dangerous, and religiously repugnant,” which is probably why Wallis didn’t cite Scripture. There are many passages, however, confirming its core truth?killing to protect innocent life is biblically justified. Take the Book of Esther, for example.

Janet M. LaRue

Jan LaRue is Senior Legal Analyst with the American Civil Rights Union; former Chief Counsel at Concerned for Women; Legal Studies Director at Family Research Council; and Senior Counsel for the National Law Center for Children and Families. Be the first to read Janet LaRue's column. Sign up today and receive Townhall.com delivered each morning to your inbox.