Thursday, March 12, 2009
Shooting up a Unitarian church in the name of demented Christian fundamentalism?
An unemployed truck driver seething over liberalism told police he opened fire in a church last year because it harbored gays and multiracial families and he hoped others would follow his example.
Prosecutors opened their case file Thursday on Jim David Adkisson, 58, who pleaded guilty a month ago to killing two people and wounding six others at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville. The file includes interviews with investigators and a suicide note Adkisson left in his car.
“They just glory (in) these weirdos and sickos and homos,” he said in an interview recorded by investigators.
He also railed against the Unitarian Church: “That ain’t a church, that’s a damned cult,” Adkisson said.
The Knoxville church said in a statement Thursday that the congregation was still healing and that many hoped Adkisson would also “be healed of whatever motivated his actions.”
Adkisson walked into the church, pulled a sawed-off shotgun from a guitar case and fired into a congregation of about 230 people watching a children’s musical performance.
I suppose that’s Godly behavior if you’re an adherent of the Fred Phelps Church of the Inbred, Homophobic, Asshole, but for the rest of us it more resembles the real face of evil in the world.
Phelps, his followers, and bastards like Adkisson are going to have a lot to answer if God really does exist.