The pastor of a Lansingburgh Baptist church plans to give away an AR-15 assault rifle to the winner of a free raffle at an upcoming Sunday service.
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A provocative flier he distributed rallied supporters of gun rights and stirred controversy among anti-gun advocates and some who considered it un-Christian.
The Rev. John Koletas, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, said the service and gun raffle are aimed at “honoring hunters and gun owners who have been so viciously attacked by the antichristian socialist media and antichristian socialist politicians the last few years,” according to a letter he posted on the church website.
Reverend Koletas is free to preach as he sees fit, and part of his community outreach is to give away a New York-complaint AR-15 modern sporting rifle after a March church service. There are no strings attached to the gun give-away, but attendance is required and a background check is required of the winner before he can pick up the rifle.