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  1. the queen says

    guns and jesus, what a combo! something like hormones and lipstick i think ’cause it can have the same effect — ask any drag queen on the street — onward x-tian soldiers!

  2. Scott says

    Live news conference on CNN confirms that the shooter was motivated by the church’s liberal stance on homosexuality.

  3. PJ says

    We are in that painful period when the bigots have realized they are losing and act out because of it.

  4. says

    Weird, though, they quote a neighbor who makes it sounds like he was anti-Christian.

    “I was telling him about my daughter graduating from Bible college and I was a Christian and stuff, and he just automatically almost turned angry,” neighbor Karen Massey told WVLT-TV, a CNN affiliate.”

    Strange to attack a UU Church if that was the case.

  5. Scott says

    And sure enough, CNN mostly downplays what the leader of the press conference said, and the reporters focused more on the shooter’s “inability to get a job” and that he was “loosing his food stamps”.

  6. OY says

    That’s odd that he just figured out the Unitarians are gay-friendly – various affiliated churches have been performing same-sex unions since the 60s, making their stance public in 1984.

  7. OY says

    That’s odd that he just figured out the Unitarians are gay-friendly – various affiliated churches have been performing same-sex unions since the 60s, making their stance public in 1984.

  8. Tim says

    Thank you for including this incident. When I go, this is the church I attend, just blocks from my home. This church has been a community leader for the gay community, voicing support for glbt rights and offering meeting space for gay groups. Ironically, our church is vocal about abolishing the death penalty, something the prosecutor will certainly be laying on the table.

  9. OY says

    That’s odd that he just figured out the Unitarians are gay-friendly – various affiliated churches have been performing same-sex unions since the 60s, making their stance public in 1984.

  10. OY says

    That’s odd that he just figured out the Unitarians are gay-friendly – various affiliated churches have been performing same-sex unions since the 60s, making their stance public in 1984.

  11. the queen says

    so according to cnn, he was a crazy old drifter who needed some good meds… socialized medicine anyone?

  12. JeffRob says

    The day there are murders in a UU Church is the day that both the Christian and the GLBT community mourn as one. No matter your stance on Christianity in general, the UU Church is truly one of our most important allies. They have been courageously leading one of the hardest battles in this ongoing culture war- the battle to change the larger community of faith from the inside. For that they deserve our thanks.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with this congregation.

  13. anne says

    Slight clarification. Unitarians are not necessarily Christian. As our local congregation advertises ‘where all beliefs are welcome’. Our family is Unitarian and decidedly not Christian. Best wishes to the Tennessee congregation and readers of Towleroad.

  14. says

    Obama was right on when caught making the comment about the bitter turning to guns and religion.
    With conservatives in power now and for the last 8 years you’d think the gunman would make the connection between the economy and the right wing.
    My deepest sympathy to all friends, family and acquaintances of the departed and wishing a speedy recovery to those injured.
    I pray for the gunman, that he may have true remorse over this evil deed.

  15. Jayson says

    Another failed human being who has to seek a scapegoat and blame ‘liberals and gays’ for his own failures in life. He is a bully, who cowardly guns down unarmed peaceful people in a church! Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

    For people unfamiliar with the peoples of the Appalachian regions of the US, he is a fairly common ‘type’…an anglo-saxon/ celtic hybrid that genetically inbred- through generations of isolation- a militant, ‘redneck’ type of human being who is not culturally able to compete on the world stage in areas requiring talent, vision, or intellectual endeavors. A very mediocre bunch really, who are, in typical reactionary stance, lashing out against the rest of the world, now that their economy, factories are failing… not realizing they are the ones to blame for the fact they can’t really compete, unless of course they are fighting, or waging war, or killing people in order to level the playing field the only way they know how.