On the second page, Adkisson attacks Unitarian Universalists in particular, under a heading "The Unitarian Universalist Church," saying:
It isn't a church, it's a cult. They don't even believe in God. They worship the God of secularism. These sick people aren't Liberals, they're Ultra-Liberals. This is a collection of sicko's, weirdo's, & homo's. The UU church is the Fountainhead, the veritable wellspring of anti-American organizations like Moveon.org, Code Pink, andSome of that language you may find offensive; what follows was even more so, so I am not reprinting it here. And then, on the third page is a section titled "Know This If Nothing Else" with three itemized items: I. This was a hate Crime, II. This was a Political Protest, and III. This was a symbolic killing. Each one is elaborated on. The fourth page has a "Conclusion," and is signed by Adkisson. In the conclusion, he says to tell the police officer who killed him a message, so it's clear that he didn't believe he'd live after this intended killing spree. As he talks about wanting to kill many more people than he did, it's clear that his intention was to kill more than he was able to, thanks to the quick-witted congregation members at TVUUC.
other anti-American groups. Those people are absolute Hypocrits. They embrace every pervert that comes down the pike, but if they find out your a conservative, they absolutely Hate you. I know, I experienced it.
I'm not sure what I make of all of this, except that when I read it I experience profound sadness and confusion. Why does a message of love and inclusion anger and outrage some people so much?
Something in me was tempted to address this claim Adkisson made, that people in UU churches hated him for being a conservative. Sure, there are growing areas each UU church has in how to be more welcoming and tolerant, but I think, rather, that it is all that he knew and could understand at that point was hate. The message we need to take from this is not the message about how we respond to conservatism in our congregations. That's a message for another day.
What I can say is that I have great admiration for the way TVUUC has responded, and, in particular, the graceful public presence of Rev. Chris Buice. His Newsweek article, if you missed it, was excellent. In it, he concludes:
Members of my congregation have been hurt. But we have also been healed by the feeling that there is a love greater than our theological differences, a compassion that is not limited by the boundaries of any creed. I firmly believe, now more than ever, that love is stronger than death. Love is more powerful than hate.
Amen to that. Adkisson said we don't beleive in God. Yet, on our altar is written, "God is love." In the face of such hatred and violence, it would be easy to turn to hatred ourselves--to really hate conservatives as Adkisson alleges we do. But in times like these, more than any others, we must turn to the root of our faith and practice what we preach, "live our religion," as the closing song at our church goes. And our religion is love.