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School to close due to nearby church’s AR-15 rifle event

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The church will host a rite that includes AR-15 rifles

A Pennsylvania college has mentioned it’ll close for an afternoon whilst a nearby pro-gun church hosts an event inviting visitors to carry their unloaded AR-15 rifles.

School officers mentioned there is not any direct danger, however scholars would spend the day on a unique college campus.

The World Peace and Unification Sanctuary mentioned it deliberate the rite earlier than a college taking pictures left 17 other folks useless in Florida on 14 February.

Authorities say the alleged gunman used a identical rifle within the assault.

The Wallenpaupack Area School District Superintendent Michael Silsby told parents in a letter “there is no direct threat to our school or community”.

However, given the “nature of the event” and visitors considerations, scholars at Wallenpaupack South Elementary School can be re-located to a campus about 15 miles (24km) away, in accordance to the letter.

Mr Silsby added there can be larger safety in class all week and oldsters can be allowed to stay their kids house.

The church, an offshoot of the Unification Church, mentioned it deliberate the event months earlier than a taking pictures in Parkland, Florida, the place police say an AR-15 rifle used to be used to gun down 17 other folks.

The event, described as a “mass wedding”, will host masses of wishing to renew their vows the use of symbolic pieces like crowns and AR-15 rifles, in accordance to church officers.

Spokesman Tim Elder told the AP news agency the church believes the AR-15 rifle symbolises the “rod of iron” within the Bible’s e-book of Revelation.

The guns can be unloaded, zip-tied and checked on the door, he mentioned.

The head of the Unification Sanctuary, Hyung Jin Moon, is the son of the past due self-styled messiah Sun Myung Moon, whose Unification Church changed into well-known for marrying 1000’s of other folks in one rite,

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Moon, who died in September 2013, arrange the Unification Church within the 1950s within the South Korean capital, Seoul.

The church, whose contributors are frequently referred to as Moonies, has been accused of brainwashing its fans, a declare it denies.

The Unification Church brushed aside the event and mentioned its faith does now not entail guns.

“It saddens us that Reverend Moon’s son has chosen to separate himself and walk in opposition to his parent’s legacy building world peace,” the Rev Richard Buessing, president of Family Federation, sometimes called the Unification Church, mentioned in a remark to the AP.

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Members of the Newfoundland Sanctuary Church with guns

The Southern Law Poverty Center, a US civil rights staff, has described as an “anti-LGBT cult leader”.

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