Gunman Kills One in Tennessee Unitarian Church27 July, 2008
I am an atheist. I also consider myself a Unitarian. Yeah, it’s contradictory, but it’s part of my cultural and free-thought heritage.
I just spotted this coming over the news wire (how’s that for dating myself?):
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A man wielding a shotgun entered a church and opened fire as congregants watched a youth performance Sunday, killing one person and injuring eight others, Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen said.
Police said the gunman was taken into custody. They didn’t immediately release his name. No children were injured. A hospital spokeswoman said five of the wounded were in critical condition. (Via Yahoo News)
I do not know the details yet. I have no idea the motive of the attacker. I do not know if he was a member of the church or not.
Unfortunately, I have my suspicions (based, I will admit, on stereotypes) and I am disturbed by this attack. A Unitarian Church in Kentucky Kentucky shot up by a gunman. Hmmm. What could be the motive? Well, this is the last paragraph of the article:
The Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church is a community that meets to worship and work together for social change, according to the church’s Web site. Since the 1950’s, the congregation has worked for desegregation, racial harmony, fair wages, women’s rights and gay rights, according to the Web site. The congregation also has provided sanctuary for political refugees, fed the homeless and founded a chapter of the ACLU.
I really hope that the socially progressive stance of this church is not a motive. I hope it’s not, but, as I said, I have my (stereotyped) suspicions.