Liberals and non-Christians must die!

In Tennessee, Jim Adkisson has just gone on trial for the murder of two people and the wounding of six others at a Unitarian church in Knoxville.  Adkisson freely describes his actions as a “hate crime” and rails against religious liberals who “glory [in] weirdos and sickos and homos.“  (I’m not sure I know the difference between a weirdo and a sicko.  I know what a homo is, although that’s not the term I’d use.)

In Colorado, in another story that was criminally ignored by the national media, back in January ski lift operator Derik Bonestroo arrived at his workplace, announcing “If you’re not Christian, you’re going to die.“  He then shot and killed his manager, who was Catholic (apparently not Christian enough).   Bonestroo was later killed during a shoot-out with a deputy.

Whatever happened to love and forgiveness?  Whatever happened to “love thy neighbor as thyself”?  Where’s the lovingkindness and Christian charity?  Police report finding books authored by conservative pundits Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Michael Savage in Adkisson’s home.  In fairness, none of these broadcast personalities has called for violence; nonetheless, they do their part by constantly perpetuating the myth of America as a Christian nation, murmuring about “homosexual agendas,” and declaring how dangerous “secular-progressives” (© ® â„¢ Bill O’Reilly) are for our country.  In short, none of these gentlemen preaches the turn-the-other-cheek-ism so famously advocated by their Lord and Savior.  I’m not saying O’HanniSavage and their ilk are accessories to murder, but I am saying that their crass jeremiads and smug jingoism are destroying the news-consuming public’s already diminished capacity for reasoned discourse.  We’re reaping the secondary effects of their crippling of civil debate.

The day an atheist starts mass-murdering in the name of atheism and targeting the faithful, I’ll be the first to report it.  But I’m not holding my breath.

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