Monday, July 28, 2008

The Shotgun Speaks

Suppose you're angry at the liberals and the gays over the course your life has taken. What do you do? Seek counseling? Re-think your starting postulates? Tune in to Rush Limbaugh and lip-synch the current set of seething talking points? Forward lying e-mails about Barack Obama? Maybe, but those don't quite grab headlines like spraying shotgun fire on a peaceful assembly of Unitarians:

"It appears that what brought him to this horrible event was his lack of being able to obtain a job, his frustration over that, and his stated hatred of the liberal movement," Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen told reporters of Sunday's incident at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.

Suspect Jim Adkisson, 58, who was being held on $1 million bond, had previously worked as a mechanical engineer in several states. He described his violent plans in a four-page letter found at his home, which also explained that his age and "liberals and gays" taking jobs had worked against him.
It's telling that this loser chose to target a Unitarian Universalist assembly, exactly the nexus of gay rights and god belief, rather than, say, a local gay night club, Democratic party headquarters, or ACLU gathering (these things do exist in Knoxville). Our hero felt keenly threatened by the idea that god would be understood to accept gay people, and that people would spread a religious form of gay acceptance.

Politics are all fun and games until someone takes out a loaded shotgun.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

True. This sad sack of crap is the unfortunate end result of years spent listening to Limbaugh, Hannity and Savage. Jim Adkisson is the spawn of talk radio. It's all the gays and liberals fault. There's a right way to live in this world and a wrong way. Behold the latter and all he stands for.