Jim D. Adkisson, an out of work lorry driver, described his violent plans in a four-page letter, saying he intentionally targeted the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville because “he hated the liberal movement; and was upset with liberals in general as well as gays”…
Sterling Owen, the local police chief, said today that Mr Adkisson indicated in his letter “that he expected to be in there (the church) shooting people until the police arrived and that he fully expected to be killed by the responding police. He certainly intended to take a lot of casualties”.
The Unitarian Universalist Association is a creedless liberal religious tradition, the first denomination to recognize Welcoming Congregations, and perhaps the only to offer egalitarian marriage services for LGBT couples, even those in the ministry.
I can only offer my condolences to the friends and families of the victims.
I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred. I wish the days to be as centuries, loaded, fragrant.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Considerations by the Way ,” 1860