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AR-15s Are Biblical 'Rod Of Iron' At Pennsylvania Church

The church in Newfoundland, Pa., was founded by the son of the late Korean Rev. Sun Myung Moon, but is an offshoot of the worldwide Unification movement.
A sign directs people with guns during the ceremony, which reportedly attracted followers from as far away as Japan, South Korea and Europe. Source: Spencer Platt

Hundreds of faithful at a Pennsylvania church on Wednesday carried AR-15-style rifles in adherence to their belief that a "rod of iron" mentioned in the Bible refers to the type of weapon that was used in last month's mass shooting in Parkland, Fla.

The armed ceremony at in Newfoundland, about 20 miles southeast of Scranton, featured gun-toting

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