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Stolen Brooklyn pastor wants priests to have gun licenses

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Bishop Lamor Miller Whitehead, the flashy pastor who had $1 million worth of jewelry stolen during a recent sermon, has asked clergy for special clearance to bear arms. “The devil didn’t want me back in this pulpit,” he said this week. “God said, ‘You can’t take his life. You can touch his material things. But you can’t touch his soul.'” He added, “I’m a miracle — I’m not supposed to be here today. Everybody wants to talk about what the tabloids are talking about and forget about the miracle.” Read on to find out more about the Rolls Royce-driving pastor and why he wants to pass a new gun law.

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On Friday, Miller Whitehead, who served time in state prison for identity theft and robbery, argued for the special dispensation. “They need to quickly pass a law that pastors in places of worship — any church personnel — should be able to get firearms permits,” he said. “If teachers can have it, we should be able to have it.”

“It doesn’t matter if we have a record, it should be exempt,” he said. “So we should be able to bear arms as the Constitution says.”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul
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At the press conference, Miller Whitehead asked President Biden and New York Governor Kathy Hochul to approve his request. “I call on all elected officials who have the power to protect places of worship,” he said. “We need protection. We need you to sympathize with us. We don’t have the luxury of guns. All we ask is to help protect us. Pass a law allowing us to carry our guns, because this gun violence has reached a new level.”

Hochul recently tightened gun restrictions in New York City, in response to recent nationwide mass shootings and a rise in local crime.

New York Mayor Eric Adams speaks during a maternal health news conference outside Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn on January 16, 2022 in New York City.
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During a recent press conference, New York Mayor Eric Adams was asked about Bishop Lamor Miller Whitehead’s call for clergy to be armed in New York. “Do you think it’s a good idea for clergy to have a special dispensation when it comes to gun licenses?” asked a reporter.

“No,” Adams said.

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Lamor Miller Whitehead is the Bishop of Leaders of Tomorrow International Churches in Canarsie, Brooklyn. The former Brooklyn borough presidential candidate in 2020 was described as “flashy”, driving a Rolls-Royce and wearing flashy jewelry. He made headlines last week when gunmen robbed him of jewelry worth $1million during a live-streamed church service.

Whitehead was charged with stealing $90,000 in life savings from one of his parishioners, and a New Jersey state court entered a $335,000 judgment against him for failing to paid the developers for his $1.6 million home. Whitehead also owes Manhattan Supreme Court more than $260,000 in 2009. judgement on an unpaid personal loan for the purchase of a house.

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Whitehead has ties to Adams and has attended several public events with him. “No one in this city should be the victim of armed robbery, let alone our religious leaders and congregants who worship in a house of God,” Adams said. Told the New York Daily New Monday about Whitehead’s theft during church services. “The NYPD is investigating this crime and will work tirelessly to bring the criminals involved to justice.”