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Priest Encourages Parishioners to Pack Heat, Badly Mixes Metaphor

"We're not in Mayberry Anymore, Toto." A priest in Ann Arbor Michigan handed out a pro-gun ownership letter to parishioners entitled, "We're Not in Mayberry Anymore, Toto" which reportedly encouraged Catholics to own a gun for protection.

I'm not sure this is the place for that kind of thing. But even more importantly, holy mixed metaphor! Mayberry and Toto? C'mon. What are you teaching the children?


An Ann Arbor Catholic priest has urged his parishioners to arm themselves and attend classes at Christ the King parish to earn a concealed pistol license (CPL).

In a letter sent to Christ the King parishioners recently, the Rev. Edward Fride explained why he believed it was necessary to get concealed pistol licenses because of recent crime in the area. During a Palm Sunday mass last month, Fride announced that the parish would be holding the CPL class.

When some parishioners questioned the decision, Fride sent out a pro-gun letter titled "We're not in Mayberry Anymore, Toto" – a reference to the 1960s-era Andy Griffith Show and its portrayal of a fictional North Carolina town, as well as Dorothy's dog from the Wizard of Oz.

"It is very common for Christians to simply assume that they live in Mayberry, trusting that because they know the Lord Jesus, everything will always be fine and nothing bad can happen to them and their families," Fride wrote.

"How to balance faith, reality, prudence, and trust is one of those critical questions that we struggle with all our lives. Pretending we are in Mayberry, while we are clearly not, can have very negative consequences for ourselves and those we love, especially those we have a responsibility to protect. If we are not in Mayberry, is there a real threat?"

Fride told parishioners in the letter that Catholic teachings do not preclude carrying a gun for self-defense and to defend others. Fride then asserted that crime is up and that because of budget cuts, "there has been a significant reduction in the availability of an armed police response."
Like I said, the priest may very well right in what he's saying but even this important message pales in comparison to the message of Jesus Christ.


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