Not everyone thinks so: for Jim David Adkisson it gave permission to try to massacre a church full of families.
They weren't worth anything: they were probably liberals.
Knoxville police searched Adkisson's home after he allegedly entered the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church and killed two people and wounded six others with a 12-gauge shotgun during the presentation of a children's musical.
(Photo: Adkisson after church)
"In a document found in his house, Adkisson
targeted the church, according to cops: "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."
Inside the house, officers found "Liberalism is a Mental Health Disorder" by radio talk show host Michael Savage, "Let Freedom Ring" by talk show host Sean Hannity, and "The O'Reilly Factor," by television talk show host Bill O'Reilly.
"It appears that church had received some publicity regarding its liberal stance," Knoxville Police Chief Sterling P. Owen IV said.
The church has a "gays welcome" sign and runs announcements in the local paper about meetings of the Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays meetings at the church.
The church's website states that it has worked for "desegregation, racial harmony, fair wages, women's rights and gay rights" since the 1950s. Current ministries involve emergency aid for the needy, school tutoring and support for the homeless, as well as a cafe that provides a gathering place for gay and lesbian high-schoolers.