Ken Pagano, who drew world attention to his small Valley Station church by hosting a rally celebrating God and guns in June, has resigned from his ministry to promote gun rights and church security.
He’s working part-time at a local gun range and has helped form a group called the International Security Coalition of Clergy, along with a New York rabbi and others who are promoting the use of armed and trained security at houses of worship.
Pagano said that although New Bethel Church in Valley Station supported his organizing of the “Open Carry Celebration,” he felt he had become “maybe a little too much of a liability” and brought notoriety to the small congregation.
The Courier-Journal story contains the video we saw earlier this year with that incredible interview he gave. This is the one in which he said such amazing things as the gun carriers are mainly "shooters," it's not about self-defense. He said, "without a deep-seated belief in God and firearms, this country would not be here." He said, "a belief in the 2nd Amendment gives people the right to the 1st Amendment." And finally, the thing that even pro-gun folks questioned, he provided security personnel at the door of the church to "inspect the firearms" to make sure they were unloaded.
The video was a barrel of laughs, but for something really funny, you have to see that picture of Pagano with Rabbi Gary Moscowitz and the martial arts trainer David Goldenberg. Could those guys have looked any more ridiculous posing like that?
What's your opinion? Is Rev. Ken Pagano one of those pro-gun guys who may not be all that helpful to the cause? Or, do you find his contribution valuable. Please tell us about it.
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