Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tea Party Conservative Evangelical Changes His Mind on Guns

Rev. Rob Schenk is a pro-life, evangelical, Tea Party activist who is fighting for life in a way not usually associated with the people who make up his church constituency.  Here is a taste of Sarah Pulliam Bailey's The Washington Post article on Schenk. 

 Following the excerpt is a trailer for "The Armor of Light," a documentary about his quest to stop gun violence in America.

Schenck, who believes that most Christians should not own a firearm for defense purposes, is trying to encourage Christians towards becoming more visible in the gun use debate.
“Pastors and the church as a whole should be speaking very loudly into legislation on guns, especially on the state level,” he said. “Our voices are conspicuously absent from the discussion and the debate.”
Directed by Abigail Disney (the grandniece of Walt Disney), the “Armor of Light” film opens showing Schenck, a longtime antiabortion activist, carrying a dead fetus during protests in 1992.
“In my community we talk about the value of every human life. Usually that’s in the context of abortion,” he says in the film. “And if we believe life begins at conception there’s a whole lot of life beyond conception until natural death.”
Schenck was the original founder of D.C.’s multi-site National Community Church in 1994, but now he spends most of his time on Capitol Hill or in churches around the country. He leads a group called Faith and Action, saying that his natural constituency would be conservative, those who have Republican or Tea Party affinities.
Since the film’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, Schenck has been preaching at churches across the country about gun violence.
Schenck said that his organization has lost significant financial support over his activism. According to Faith and Action’s most recent financial statements from 2013, the organization receives about $1.9 million in contributions and grants, and Schenck’s salary that year was $168,333.
“There are some things worth the cost, so I’ve come to the conclusion that this is one,” he told an audience at the AFI DOCS film festival in Washington in June