(right-wing) terrorist attacks (left-wing) church

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As children were staging a performance of Annie for the congregation Sunday morning at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church (Knoxville, TN), terrorist Jim Adkisson burst into the sanctuary and began shooting. Like other like-minded terrorists (Timothy McVeigh, the Unabomber, Eric Rudolph) Atkisson was consumed with hatred for "the liberal movement" (according to the as-yet-unreleased note found in his vehicle) and decided to take manly and decisive action against the liberal UU congregation, killing two people and injuring seven others.

The Knoxville News Sentinel suggests that Adkisson's perception of reality was skewed rightward by the wingnut books (Michael Savage, Sean Hannity, and Bill O'Reilly) that were found in his apartment:

Adkisson targeted the church, [Knoxville Police Department Officer Steve] Still wrote in the document obtained by WBIR-TV, Channel 10, "because of its liberal teachings and his belief that all liberals should be killed because they were ruining the country, and that he felt that the Democrats had tied his country's hands in the war on terror and they had ruined every institution in America with the aid of media outlets."

Adkisson told Still that "he could not get to the leaders of the liberal movement that he would then target those that had voted them in to office."

My condolences go out to the Knoxville congregation, their extended families, and their liberal allies in Tennessee.

links:
Tennessee's GLBT newspaper Out & About has more information
so does RawStory

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