Tag: Church Security

Bill allowing guns in church is approved by House

| May 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

Guns should be allowed in houses of worship as a way to protect congregants from attacks, if the pastor or head of the religious body approves, lawmakers said Wednesday. The House voted 74-18 for House Bill 68 by Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, sending it to the Senate for debate. The bill was heard last week […]

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Amid heightened awareness about child safety, local parishes have changed

| May 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

VERONA — On the rare occasion when the Rev. William Vernon hugs a child at St. Andrew Catholic Church, almost everything about the interaction has been carefully considered. Since 2001, when a flurry of high-profile lawsuits against the Catholic Church reignited a child abuse scandal, Vernon has made it his personal policy not to initiate […]

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Church school theft prompts safety review

| May 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

MONROE — An apparent break-in at a parochial school here has raised a red flag regarding security procedures for religious and private schools. On April 30, a man was caught rifling through the pocketbook of a first-grade teacher at St. Mary School while she was on lunch break, Monroe police said. When another teacher confronted […]

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Priests and Parishes Threatened by Drug Cartels

| April 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

The Mexican bishops’ conference acknowledged in a statement on April 14 that Mexican priests have suffered numerous threats of violence, kidnapping and extortion from the nation’s narcotics-trafficking cartels. The conference also confirmed that a growing number of priests—mostly serving in remote and mountainous areas rife with illegal drug trade activities—have been transferred to other parishes, […]

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Egypt tightens church security ahead of Easter

| April 2, 2010 | 1 Comment

Cairo: Egyptian authorities have tightened security outside churches, especially in Upper Egypt, ahead of the Coptic Easter celebrations on Sunday. The measure comes almost two months after an attack by three suspected Muslims against church-goers in the southern Egyptian town of Nagaa Hamadi, left six Coptic Christians and one Muslim guard dead. The suspects are […]

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Richardson Police and CSI Teach Churches To Protect Flocks

| March 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

The Richardson Police Department is holding a free Faith Based Crime Prevention Conference from 8 a.m. to noon on March 27 at the First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park in Richardson. Churches, synagogues and mosques are supposed to be sanctuaries from violence. But far too often, these holy places become settings for tragedy. One of […]

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God’s houses under attack

| March 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Almost three-quarters of churches in Lancashire are shut because of fears over vandalism and attacks, according to a leading expert. Nick Tolson, a former Government adviser on personal safety for clergy, said that 70% of churches in the county were closed due to "knee-jerk" safety fears. He was in the county last week to provide […]

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St. Augustine Church hires security and locks its doors

| February 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

A Waikiki church has hired off-duty police officers to provide security during Sunday services after three incidents of disruptive behavior by different people. The doors are now locked except during services at St. Augustine Church at 130 Ohua Ave., breaking a long-standing open-door tradition. "People need to feel safe in church," said the Rev. Lane […]

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LifeWay says 1 in 8 background checks finds criminal record

| August 9, 2009 | 1 Comment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (ABP) — One in eight background checks conducted on volunteers or prospective employees through LifeWay Christian Resources found a criminal history that might have kept an individual from working or volunteering at a church, the Southern Baptist Convention publishing house reported Aug. 4. Last year LifeWay negotiated an affinity-group discount for screening services […]

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