Stop a mass gunman by throwing your Bible at him?
Yes, an expert quoted by The Associated Press actually recommended that. More details in a moment.
But first, I'll share my overall impression of this year-end AP rundown of security measures taking place at houses of worship nationwide.
My reaction is this: There is such a thing as trying to do too much. The amount of information the wire service packs into this all-encompassing lede seems to be a case in point:
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — In Alabama, a Presbyterian church wanted to be able to hire its own police for protection. Mosque leaders around the country are meeting with law enforcement officials as an anti-Muslim furor fuels arson attacks and vandalism. And the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been holding specialized training for congregations for "all hazards, including active shooter incidents."
Religious congregations across the United States are concentrating on safety like never before following a season of violence, from the slaughter unleashed in June by a white shooter at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, to the killings this month in San Bernardino, California.
Concentrating on safety like never before. A verifiable fact? Or journalistic hyperbole?