Religious group known for AR-15 ceremony buys property in Tennessee for ‘training center’

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The wand of iron ministries, a firearm-obsessed religious group, would now have bought a property at Tennessee which will be transformed into a so-called “training center” for its members.

The Pennsylvania-based church has appeared in the headlines sporadically in recent years, including in a 2018 NPR room highlighting an “armed ceremony” that included everything from crowns adorned with bullets to the AR-15 style rifles used as interpretations of the “iron rod” of the Holy Bible mention.

A new report from Vice News, released Tuesday, says the newly acquired 130-acre property in Tennessee marks the latest sign the group is pushing for expansion. Pastor Hyung Jin Sean Moon, the son of the late Reverend Sun Myung Moon, is known to have started an offshoot of the Unification Church after his father’s death. Founded by his father, the Unification Church was known for its implementation of mass marriage ceremonies, a trait that also appears in the Rod of Iron Ministries world, albeit with guns.

The original congregation suffered years of abuse allegations, many of which centered on the original “spiritual retreat” that may soon be emulated in Tennessee. In a recent sermon by Moon, plans for the Tennessee site were mentioned, which Vice News reported. was sold for $ 460,000—To include schools and training centers, as well as separate living rooms for men and women.

The “core values” cited by the Rod of Iron Ministries group on an official website include, among others, “defend our family, neighbor and the Kingdom of God through the biblical word of God and the culture of self-defense” and “The spirit-body unity through training in self-defense.”

A spokesperson for the main Unification Church congregation is quoted in Tess Owen’s report on Tuesday as saying that the Rod of Iron sect “does not represent the legacy of the late Reverend Sun Myung Moon.” For more, including information on the Rod Group riot on Capitol Hill and MAGA connections, head here.

Also worth a deep dive is this coin from 2018 from the Southern Poverty Law Center detailing the followers invited “by the king” to participate in a ceremony in which attending with an AR-15 would be considered “a substantial blessing” of perfection stage “. This a more recent outage, again from the SPLC team, is also essential reading.

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