A Florida church that posted a controversial warning that its pastors are “heavily armed” and ready to use “deadly force” continues stirring debate online two weeks after the mass slaughter at a church in Texas. Senior Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne of the River at Tampa Bay Church posted on Instagram following the Texas shooting the sign on his church doors, where the pastors warn: “We are heavily armed — any attempt will be dealt with deadly force — yes we are a church and we will protect our people.”

Associate Pastor Allen Hawes told the Tampa Bay Times last week that the physical sign has been in place for over a year. “It is a deterrent,” Hawes explained. “Look at what is going on. In the past two months, look at what happened in Texas. Look at what happened in Las Vegas. READ MORE