"Jesus is not a member of the NRA."
Of all the words said by all the experts who spoke on all the panels at the information-packed Religion Newswriters Association annual meeting this weekend in the Atlanta area, those may be the most memorable.
Journalists, after all, know a good soundbite when they hear one.
That explains why both religion writers for The New York Times and many of their colleagues tweeted the NRA quote, which came during a session on "God and Guns" at
Given the number of firearm deaths in America, all five panelists seemed confident that Jesus wouldn't be out advocating for his right to own a gun.
What did the other side — people of faith who oppose gun control efforts — have to say? That was the awkward part. That side was not represented on the panel.