Unitarian Univeralists Hold Services For Victims

By: Sherelle Roberts Email
By: Sherelle Roberts Email

More than 1,000 people turned up for a memorial for the victims of a church shooting in Knoxville, Tennessee. Services were also held at Unitarian Universalist Churches all across the nation, including Lexington.

The president of the Unitarian Universalist Association of
Congregations told the crowd they were there "to make sense of the
senseless."

Jim David Adkisson is being held on 1 million dollars' bond, charged
with one count of murder and more charges are expected. Authorities
say he opened fire on the congregation Sunday, killing two people
and wounding several others. Four victims remain hospitalized,
including two who are in critical condition.

Authorities say Adkisson left behind a note suggesting he
targeted the church because "he hated the liberal movement."

A church official says Adkisson's ex-wife once belonged to the
church, but hadn't attended in years. Investigators have described
the out-of-work truck driver as a "stranger" to the congregation.


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  • by Joe Location: Stanton on Aug 1, 2008 at 10:27 PM
    James just curious should we ban all sinners from church or just the gay sinners? The bible says birth control is a sin. Should we throw the birth control sinners out too? A church should accept anyone that wants to come to learn the word of GOD! Being gay isn't the only sin! You can't stand in a room by yourself and get away from sin!
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Jul 28, 2008 at 04:14 PM
    Amen to Diane's comments! It is wrong to kill others because you're upset, period. I hope he gets the chair.
  • by steve on Jul 28, 2008 at 03:45 PM
    I think he had serious issues in his brain.
  • by James Dixon Location: Lexington on Jul 28, 2008 at 03:40 PM
    I don't support gay rights and I don't support that type of church because the Bible clearly teaches that gayness is sin. However I also don't support murder therefore this guy should have to pay (in prison) for what he has done.
  • by tony Location: lexington on Jul 28, 2008 at 02:25 PM
    Still trying to figure out what Diane's talking about. They reported the motive of the gunman as hatred of the church's social views. It is just wrong, and I'm not sure where in this story anyone implied it was or wasn't ok because it was a liberal church. I absolutely agree that justice shouldn't be issued by degree; but where was that indicated?
  • by Diane Location: Mt.Sterling on Jul 28, 2008 at 11:46 AM
    Does it really matter more that the guy hated the liberal views of this church? Would it be O.K. if someone walked into a conservative church and killed or maimed people? If we believe in justice, than it should be just wrong no matter who did the killing or who was killed. When we issue justice by degree, we stop having justice for all.

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