A man who killed two people and injured seven in a shooting at a
Unitarian Universalist church in Knoxville, Tenn., on July 27 did so
because he hated "the liberal movement" and "gays," Police Chief
Sterling P. Owen IV said, quoting a letter found in Jim David Adkisson's
Adkisson, 58, has been charged with first-degree murder.
According to a report written by police officer Steve Still, and
obtained by local media, Adkisson targeted the church "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."
"(Since) he could not get to the leaders of the liberal movement," Still
said, Adkisson decided to "target those that had voted them into
Inside Adkisson's house, police found the books "Liberalism Is a Mental
Health Disorder" by talk show host Michael Savage, "Let Freedom Ring" by
talk show host Sean Hannity, and "The O'Reilly Factor" by talk show host
The Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church had a sign outside
welcoming gays, and ran announcements in local media advertising
meetings of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.