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'They are doing Satan's work'

by Jeremy Hooper

So now that it has been confirmed that the Tennessee shooter unleashed on his victims because of the church's liberal and gay views, things like the following are certainly worth a discussion.

Here are the comments that follow the anti-gay One News Now site's coverage of the story:

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And then if you look at ONN's front page...

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....you will see that their article on the TN shooting is surrounded by what? Criticism of gays and the churches who support them!

Now, we're of course not saying that everyone who criticizes gays and gay acceptance is filled with rage. We also have no intention to draw a direct connection between all anti-gay evangelicals and one madman who would choose to take someone's life. But that being said, we think it's imperative that in the wake of this senseless tragedy, we have a national conversation on the connection between anti-gay rhetoric and anti-gay homicide. Why? Because there is an undeniable linkage between the two!

Gunman opens fire in Tennessee church, 2 killed [AP via ONN]

**UPDATE: Pam has Free Republic's comments covered:

Freepers on TN church shooting - more guns needed in church [PHB]

And over on HuffPo, RJ Eskow weighs in with this thoughtful piece:

Monster: Who Really Killed the Knoxville Unitarians? [HuffPo]

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Amazing truly amazing. ONN still hasn't replaced the word gay with homosexual. Any the story actually bears a resemblance to accurate and unbiased reporting. One down a couple million stories left to go.

Posted by: Jeff Chang | Jul 28, 2008 1:50:50 PM

Yes, Eskows piece is very good. And exactly what I was thinking. It will be very informative to know who condemns this act and who supports it. Keep up the great LOUD NOISE here!

Posted by: LOrion | Jul 28, 2008 3:38:37 PM

Randy Pausch was a UU. I wonder whether his recent death and all the news about his brave, cheerful and spiritual (but utterly non-religious) reflections about his own fate had anything to do with the gunman's disturbed mindset.

Posted by: KipEsquire | Jul 28, 2008 4:09:01 PM

I was over at the Townhall.com website. When it became apparent that the killer targeted the church for its acceptance of gays, the news story disappeared shortly thereafter.

Posted by: Charles | Jul 28, 2008 4:18:04 PM

How could anyone support or defend these heinous actions? And still consider themselves a christian at that! I'm an atheist and I have more compassion than these gutter dwellers.

Posted by: johnozed | Jul 28, 2008 4:19:43 PM

Words are really important to most of us. On most days, I read on the order of ten to as much as fifty thousand words a day. Most of them are technical, and to most they would be extremely boring.

But some words bring one to anger, some make you laugh, some make you sad. But every once in a while you are truly amazed to read some that make you hopeful; these are the words of 19-year-old Carrie Niceley of Knoxville, TN:

As police and media representatives gathered Sunday afternoon alongside Kingston Pike awaiting news of the shooting, 19-year-old Carrie Niceley of Knoxville approached.

Niceley had learned of the shootings while attending services at First Presbyterian Church downtown. She plucked flowers from arrangements in the sanctuary, placed them in a vase and drove to TVUUC. She said the church members should know "they're in our thoughts and prayers."

Asked about her thoughts on the shooting, Niceley fought back tears. "We think a church should be more of a place for love," she said.

Posted by: | Jul 28, 2008 5:20:48 PM

Most of Eskow's piece was thoughtful. He went askew, however, when he started to name names.

Ann Coulter is to blame? She throws at left-wingers exactly what they've been throwing at their opponents for DECADES. Yet somehow this makes her a murderer's inspiration. Right.

Dick Morris and Sean Hannity and everyone else at Fox News are responsible? Get real. This is just leftist bile over the way FNC has destroyed the left's tv news monopoly.

Eskrow ruins what is otherwise a good piece by including this nonsense

Posted by: David | Jul 28, 2008 11:02:39 PM

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