School to close for the church ceremony with AR-15-rifles

NEWFOUNDLAND, Pa. – A Pennsylvania school district says that the cancellation of classes at an elementary school, as a church in the street is hosting a ceremony with AR-15 rifles.

World peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland is encouraging couples to their AR-15 rifles at a commitment ceremony. The church is of the opinion that the AR-15 symbolizes the “iron rod” in the biblical book of Revelation.

The superintendent of the Wallenpaupack Area School District says: “there is no direct threat.” But he wrote in a letter to the parents that, given the concerns about parking, traffic, and the “nature of the event,” the students bused to schools about 15 miles (24 km) away.

The church is a separated part of the unification church, which has distanced itself from the event and explains the rites and theology do not involve weapons.

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