Now filed under TEC’s Stupid Things Done Under The Influence of Fundamentalist Religion, get this:
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (WHTM) -A 14-year old Dauphin County girl said she thought she was going to die Wednesday night when two men with apparent guns raided a church meeting. She later found out that it was a learning exercise carried out by the church youth group.
The mother of the young girl did not want to reveal their names. The teenager does not belong to the Glad Tidings Assembly of God church in Lower Swatara Township, but she decided to go to a youth meeting Wednesday night with a friend who told her the meetings were fun.
Since church “youth groups” very often use “fun” to turn kids into religious zealots, I advise everyone to politely decline any such invitation on behalf of your children.
Here was the “purpose” of this exercise in dim-wittedness:
Church officials said it was intended to teach students about some of the things people of faith go through in other countries on a daily basis and that it was meant to have shock value.
“There are people in other countries that live under this environment on a regular daily basis,” Pastor John Lanza said. “They’re not warned that their persecutors are coming in.”
I smell a lawsuit, if not prison time for the perpetrators.