Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church web site has this on it's web page: The church 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. The man accused of the shooting Sunday morning was described by his neighbors as a helpful and kind man, but one who had issues with Christianity. “He had his own sense of belief about religion said neighbor Karen Massey. According to Massey, [Jim] Adkisson talked frequently about his parents who “made him go to church all his life . . . he was forced to do that.” The shotgun-wielding suspect in Sunday’s mass shooting was motivated by a hatred of “the liberal movement, Jim D. Adkisson, 58, of Powell wrote a four-page letter in which he stated his hatred of the liberal movement police said. It appears that the church had received some publicity regarding its liberal stance. The church has a “gays welcome” sign and regularly runs announcements in the News Sentinel about meetings of the Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays meetings at the church.