Take Down the 30.06 signs in the Diocese of Dallas & Fort Worth Bishops Farrell and Olson
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This past Sunday I was faced with a major decision upon entering a Church. I had to choose between my First Amendment right and my Second Amendment right. For the first time in 20 years in the State of Texas, these two issues are at an impasse. I had to choose between practicing my religion and protecting my family. The choice was either commit a Class A misdemeanor or, in my religion, a mortal sin. Why after 20 years am I (and many others) placed in this conundrum?
The answer is Bishop Farrell made the decision to "keep me safe" by mandating across the board in the Diocese that Texas Penal Code 30.06 signs be posted on all Diocesan properties. The Bishop will say it is the law. On the contrary, the Bishop has the legal option to give effective consent for concealed carry by not posting 30.06 signs. He may also choose to only post 30.07 signs (or none at all). Yet, he chose to have both 30.06 and 30.07 signs posted at all Diocesan locations.
Most people would compromise and accept the restrictions (30.07) on open carry in a place of worship while retaining the right to conceal carry as has been the case for 20 years (No posted 30.06).
This dilemma only occurs at my place of worship. When presented with 30.06 in other locations I have the option to take my business elsewhere. Alternative options exist for movie theaters, shopping malls, restaurants, and so on. I doubt the Bishop would recommend I attend the First Baptist Church of Dallas (where no 30.06 signs exist). I am a Catholic; I am a Texan. I should not be forced to choose between the two.
I am asking for my previous freedom to protect my family in the event of eminent danger to be restored by removing all Texas Penal Code 30.06 signs from all Diocesan churches. Let us remain a Universal Church. Otherwise, my only recourse is to drive to Tyler to fulfill my Sunday obligation. I neither want to commit a Class A Misdemeanor nor a mortal sin. Something must change.
For those who say they will conceal carry regardless of the posted sign, I ask, what will you do when metal detectors are installed as in schools, airports, and the like? Will you join me then or will it be too late? Stand up now, while you still have a voice.
If you would like to know more about the Bishop of Dallas' stance on guns please visit his blog - http://bishopkevinfarrell.org/?s=guns
If you would like to know more about the Bishop of Tyler's response to the new gun laws please visit - https://www.dioceseoftyler.org/news/2015/12/bishop-stricklands-statement-on-texas-open-carry-law/
Church law does not require the posting of Texas Penal Code 30.06
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