Today’s WTF moment comes courtesy of the Mormon Church, which apparently owns a for-profit, unregulated online gun dealership:
KSL.com was criticised by the Mayor’s office for running classified adverts which allow individuals to buy and sell handguns and other firearms without proper background checks and no questions asked.
The site is owned by Deseret Media, the for-profit arm of the Church of the Latter Day Saints – also known as the Mormons – which has come to prominence recently as a result of the presidential run of member Mitt Romney.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a lead campaigner for the regulation of firearms which cause carnage on the streets of New York and across the country, recording an advert aired during Sunday’s Super Bowl calling for greater gun control.
A source who worked on his investigation into online gun sales said: “One would think that a church would feel a special obligation to make sure that they weren’t fuelling a black market for a particularly deadly form of commerce.”
Yes. One would think. But then, one would be wrong. Obligation, shmobligation. Profits are what matters! And if the church profits from death, violence and mayhem? What does the Bible have to say about that?
At a time when Protestant denominations like the Presbyterian Church-USA wrestle with divesting themselves of investments in companies profiting from Israel’s occupation of Palestine, I am absolutely stunned that a major denomination actually profits from unregulated gun sales. This is astonishing.
Reminds me of a scene from that awesome 1981 indie movie, “Ticket To Heaven,” based on the Moonies, when a cult depgrogrammer asks the main character, “Why does Heavenly Father need a munitions factory?”
Why indeed. Next time one of those Mormon mishie kids comes knocking on my door I think I’ll ask them. By the way, if you haven’t seen “Ticket To Heaven,” it’s a great film. Here’s a clip: