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Ladyvol  (Level: 202.8 - Posts: 5433)
Mon, 28th Jul '08 12:04 AM


You all have probably heard about the shootings in the Unitarian Church in West Knoxville this morning...2 are confirmed dead and 8 seriously injured...My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims...May the Lord hold them safely in the palm of His hand...Please remember them as you say your prayers tonight...Thanks,

Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Mon, 28th Jul '08 12:11 AM

I was visiting my mom in GA, and heard about this on the radio on my way home to Knoxville today. I couldn't stop crying. It happened during a children's performance. Please, please, pray for these families.

Alvandy  (Level: 225.5 - Posts: 7525)
Mon, 28th Jul '08 12:20 AM

Senseless violence.
Fortunately , no children were hurt.
It could have been wose.
One church member was killed protecting others from the shotgun blasts. Our thoughts and prayers for those affected.

Lbh58  (Level: 40.0 - Posts: 161)
Mon, 28th Jul '08 12:24 AM

Very sad news, God be with them

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Mon, 28th Jul '08 4:00 AM

Very sad news. Don`t know why there are so many crazy people out there
Do they know who did it, and more importantly - why????

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Mon, 28th Jul '08 6:01 AM

He was arrested and already gone before a judge and been appointed an attorney.

I don't know that there can be any whys when someone is that crazy. And at a children's program, no less. Those children's lives are changed forever from what they saw that crazy person do in front of them Sunday.

And for the one who sacrificed his life to save others from a shotgun blast - John 15:13: "Greater love has no man than this, that a man gives up his life for his friends."

Tsk9653  (Level: 113.2 - Posts: 1466)
Tue, 29th Jul '08 7:50 PM

I refrained commenting on this one until I read several reports because I was raised in a Unitarian Universalist ("UU") congregation and wanted information about the killer's motivation. He is a deranged wingnut who was apparently upset by the impending loss of unemployment benefits and who carried out what you can see on blogs and hear on rightwing radio openly advocated -- killing liberals for their alleged destruction of America. I can't speak to the Knoxville congregation -- UU congregations are autonomous -- but according to a 1997 survey of UUs, only 18% described themselves as "Christians", and respondents were not restricted to one selection. Over 50% of UUs described themslves as "humanists". I liked the people at the UU church I attended as a boy and have maintained lifelong friendships with some of them, although I long ago left the church. I have read some accounts that the killer may have become enraged because the church posted "Gays Welcome" on a church sign. UUs as a group (this is not universally so) would be deemed very liberal by American political standards. As a group, they would also be among the most likely to assist an unemployed guy without any money who rationally asked. So I took this shooting with special interest because of my background.

Ironically, I have a quiz stalled at number 9 in queue of "Unitarians/Universalists on U.S. Postage Stamps".

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Tue, 29th Jul '08 11:06 PM


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