The rosary is a collection of beads that faithful Roman Catholics have used for centuries to assist them in their prayers.
Yet, according to a controversial new article published on Sunday by The Atlantic, it has since become a symbol of “extremist gun culture.”
Rosary beads, AR-15s
Author Daniel Panneton argued that the rosary “has acquired a militaristic meaning for radical-traditional (or ‘rad trad’) Catholics.
Panneton went on to compare the rosary’s significance to that of the AR-15 rifle, saying both have become “a sacred object for Christian nationalists.” He insisted, “On this extremist fringe, rosary beads have been woven into a conspiratorial politics and absolutist gun culture.”
“These armed radical traditionalists have taken up a spiritual notion that the rosary can be a weapon in the fight against evil and turned it into something dangerously literal.”
Panneton claims received significant pushback from conservatives, with former Trump administration speech writer Billy Gribbin complaining that The Atlantic has resorted to “platforming straight up anti-Christian bigotry now.”
Catholics weren’t the only ones bothered by the article, with a Jewish Twitter user characterizing it as being “gross.”
Would we find it acceptable if the Atlantic wrote an op-ed claiming the yarmulke was ‘an extremist symbol’? The left is so anti Christian and catholic, it’s gross. https://t.co/HMNq7k7PmY
— Republican Jew – Lumber King (@EzraDrissman) August 15, 2022
Conservative journalist Jack Posobiec is referenced in the piece, and he noted in a tweet how the outlet has repeatedly changed its title and the image accompanying it.
The Atlantic is having convulsions over here with how fast they keep changing the headline of their bigoted Rosary attack article. The latest edition also dropped the disgraceful ‘bullethole rosary’ graphic pic.twitter.com/rpCFFAUFmF
— Rosary Extremist Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 15, 2022
Posobiec used a series of screenshots to show that the article was originally titled, “How the Rosary Became an Extremist Symbol” and featured a rosary pockmarked with bullet holes.
The title was next changed to “Gun Culture Co-Opted the Rosary” before finally reading, “How Extremist Gun Culture Is Trying to Co-Opt the Rosary.”