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A pastor in Birmingham, Alabama regularly carries a .45 pistol around with him as is his right under the law. Some trustees and deacons of the Friendly Baptist Church were so upset with his decision to carry the gun that they fired him.
However, the pastor, Cedric Stringer, responded that “nobody can fire him but God” and fired the trustees and deacons who opposed him and replaced them with ones who were willing to support the pistol carrying pastor.
Birmingham, where the church is located, is one of Alabama’s largest cities, not exactly in the middle of nowhere.
Now the opposing parties have both involved lawyers, and there is a court battle that looms ahead. The Friendly Baptist Church has actually suspended services until the legal dispute is resolved.
Police have been called to the church four times over the disagreement. The pastor was arrested, and they found a .45 pistol on him–for which the pastor carries a permit.