I don’t believe the Catholic Rosary and praying to Mary and the saints are Biblical. But setting theology aside for a moment, I was still shocked when a writer for The Atlantic allegedly compared Rosary Beads to an assault weapon.
It seems the writer was particularly concerned about the sale of replica rosary beads that were handed out to Catholic soldiers during World War I.
Breitbart provides more details:
“Just as the AR-15 rifle has become a sacred object for Christian nationalists in general, the rosary has acquired a militaristic meaning for radical-traditional (or ‘rad trad’) Catholics,” writes Toronto-based Daniel Panneton in an Atlantic article released the day before the Catholic feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (August 15). […]
One Catholic online store goes so far as to sell “replicas of the rosaries issued to American soldiers during the First World War as ‘combat rosaries,’” he warns, to which can be added a “concealed carry” permit a storage box “resembling an ammunition can.”
This dangerous alliance between prayer and warfare seems to have penetrated the highest levels of the Church and Panneton writes that in 2016, “the pontifical Swiss Guard accepted a donation of combat rosaries” and during a ceremony at the Vatican, their commander described the gift as “the most powerful weapon that exists on the market.”