Talking Points

From today’s TFN News Clips:

“Church unity can never be a virtue that is preserved by allowing injustice, oppression, and psychological tyranny to go unchallenged. I will also no longer act as if I need a majority vote of some ecclesiastical body in order to bless, ordain, recognize, and celebrate the lives and gifts of gay and lesbian people in the life of the church.”

— Retired Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong, in a speech in which he declared that he will no longer argue about the status of gay and lesbian people in the church

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  1. LONG POST BUT WORTH READING FOLKS. You will not be sorry you did. I will give you a Charles guarantee on it:

    The Spong Manifesto. That’s interesting. For comparison and contrast, on the other end of the spectrum, there is “The Adkisson Manifesto,” as it is now called by some on the Internet. You may not be aware of this if you live in Texas, but a little over a year ago, a man by the name of Jim Adkisson walked into the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, on a Sunday morning. At this time, the morning service was underway in the sanctuary, and the children of the church were performing a play for the congregation. Mr. Adkisson was carrying a guitar case that contained a loaded sawed-off shotgun. Upon entering the church and sanctuary, he began firing at random. As a result, two members of the church were killed and several were wounded. Because a few male members of the congregation immediately jumped on him and wrestled him to the floor, many other lives were saved. He had other weapons and a large amount of ammunition. As was later learned, his stated aim was to kill as many people in the church as possible until the police arrived and killed him. In a later search of his apartment, the police found loads of far-right-wing literature written by famous personalities known to everyone here. He had been suckling on this literature for months, and along with his depression, it had apparently agitated him to a fever pitch that somehow reached a point where it required action on his part.

    Adkisson later went to trial, made a guilty plea, and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. In the year or so leading up to the trial, it was learned that he had left behind in his SUV what amounted to a suicide note (written right before the shooting), but it was not your typical good-bye statement by a suicidal person. It was a long political manifesto used to justify his murderous actions. For a long time, the police would not release this screed to the public because of the upcoming trial, but they finally did after the trial. It was published in its entirety (in the original cursive writing) in the Knoxville News-Sentinel, a local newspaper that serves a population of about 1.2 million people.

    I tried my best to find a typed copy of The Adkisson Manifesto, but could not find one. Therefore, I had to transcribe it from the cursive version. I have done so, including all of Mr. Adkisson’s bad writing, spelling, and grammar, so the typed version is as close to the original as possible. The language is raw in a few places, but like I said, it was published in the Knoxville newspaper. It is presented below to show its contrast with The Spong Manifesto and to give you kind folks here an example of where constant digestion of far right propaganda can lead and to give you insight into some of the darker corners of the hearts and minds on the far right. Here it is:


    To whom it May concern:

    I guess you’re wondering why I did this. Well let me explain in detail. Over the years I’ve had some good jobs, but I always got Layed off. Now I’m 58 years old + I can’t get a decent job. I’m told I’m “overqualified,” which is a code word for “too damned old.” Like I’m expected to age gracefully into poverty. No thanks! I’m done!

    I’ve always wondered why I was put on the earth. For years I thought I was put here to die as cannon fodder in Viet Nam but somehow cheated the devil out of it. Lately I’ve been feeling helpless in our War on Terrorism. But I realized I could engage the terrorists allies here in America. The best allies they’ve got.

    The Democrats! The democrates have done everything they can do to tie our hands in this War on Terror. They’re all abunch of traitors. They want America to loose this war for reasons I can not understand. It makes me soooo mad!

    In a parallel train of thought, It saddens me to think back on all the bad things that Liberalism has done to this country. The worst problem America faces today is Liberalism. They have dumbed down education, they have defined deviancy down. Liberals have attacked every major institution that made America great. From the Boy Scouts to the Military, from education to Religion. The Major News outlets have become the propaganda arm of the Democrat Party. Liberals are evil, they embrace the tenets of Karl Marx, they’re Marxist, socialist, communists.

    The Unitarian Universalist Church.

    Don’t let the word church mislead you. This isn’t a church, it’s a cult. They don’t even believe in God. They worship the God of Secularizm. 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, Code Pink, and other un-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 absolutly Hate you. I know. I experienced it. I can’t, for the life of me, understand why these people would embrace Marxism like they do. Id like someone to do an exposé on this church, it’s a den of un-American Vipers. They call themselves “Progressive.” How is a white woman having a niger baby progress? How is a man sticking his dick up another man’s ass progress? It’s an abomination. It takes a warped mind to hate America. It makes me so angry! I can’t live with it anymore! The environmental nuts have to be stopped!

    Know This If Nothing Else

    I This was a hate Crime: I hate the damn left-wing Liberals. There is a vast left-wing conspiracy in this country + these liberals are working together to attack every decent + honorable institution in the Nation, trying to turn this country into a communist state. Shame on them.

    II This was a Political Protest: Im protesting the liberal Supreme Court Justices for give the terrorists at Gitmo constitutional rights. Im protesting the major News outlets, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, PBS for being the propaganda wing of the Democrat Party. It’s criminal what they’re getting away with. They’re traitors! They must be stopped. Im protesting the DNC running such a radical leftist candidate. Osama Hussein OBama, yo Mama. No experience. No brains, a joke. Dangerous to America. Hell, he looks like Curious George!

    III. This was a Symbolic Killing: Who I wanted to kill was every Democrat in the Senate., + House, the 100 people in Bernard Goldbergs book. Id like to kill everyone in the Mainstream Media. But I knew these people were inaccessible to me. I couldn’t get to the generals + high ranking officers of the Marxist Movement so I went after the foot soldiers, the chicken shit liberals that vote in these traitorous people. Some one had to get the ball rolling. I volunteered. I hope others do the same, it’s the only way we can rid America of this cancerthis pestilence!

    In Conclusion:

    No one gets out of this world alive so I’ve chosen to skip the bad years of poverty. I know my life is going downhill fast from here. The future Looks bleak. I’m sick + tired of being sick + tired, I’m absolutely fed up.

    So I thought I’d do something good for this Country Kill Democrats ‘til the cops kill me. If decent patriotic Americans could vote 3 times in every election we couldn’t stem this tide of liberalism that’s destroying America. Liberals are a pest like termites. Millions of them. Each little bite contributes to the downfall of this great nation. The only way we can rid ourselves of this evil is Kill them in the streets. Kill them where they gather.

    Id like to encourage other like minded people to do what I’ve done. If life aint worth living anymore don’t just kill yourself. do something for your Country before you go. Go Kill Liberals.

    Tell the cop that killed me that I said, “Thanks, I needed that!”

    I have no next of kin. No living relatives. If you would take my sorry carcass to the body farm, or donate it to science, or just throw me in the Tennessee River.


    Jim David Adkisson