The Words of Savages

President Bush does something right.

Here’s a story I promise FOX won’t pick up on

I find it ridiculous to blame things like the Columbine killings on the music of Marilyn Manson or video games. Human beings make their own choices and are responsible for what they do; we cannot actually surrender our consciences even if we try to convince ourselves otherwise. However, when someone kills innocents in an act of terrorism we look to their lives for an explanation. Sometimes, the terrorist is considerate enough to state their motives clearly.  Jim David Adkisson murdered two people and wounded six at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church during a production of a children’s musical. Adkisson targeted the church, “because of its liberal teachings and his belief that all liberals should be killed because they were ruining the country, and that he felt that the Democrats had tied his country’s hands in the war on terror and they had ruined every institution in America with the aid of media outlets.” Adkisson told police that “he could not get to the leaders of the liberal movement that he would then target those that had voted them in to office.” Inside the house, officers found “Liberalism is a Mental Health Disorder” by radio talk show host Michael Savage, “Let Freedom Ring” by talk show host Sean Hannity, and “The O’Reilly Factor,” by television talk show host Bill O’Reilly.

Right wing sites like WND propogate the idea that Christians are suffering persecution in America and even sell a book called ‘Shooting Back’ that ‘makes a biblical, Christian case for individuals arming themselves with guns, and does so more persuasively than perhaps any other author because he found himself in a church attacked by terrorists.’ To his credit, Joseph Farah actually did acknowledge the shootings in Knoxville, but he refuses to accept the killer’s explanation of his motives. Instead, Farah relies on the hearsay statements of a neighbor of Atkinson’s to insist that Atkinson was actually motivated by his hatred of Christianity and the Bible. Farah then goes on to plug ‘Shooting Back’ and urge all of his Christian readers to arm themselves.

The spectacle of Farah twisting himself into knots trying to justify how an attack on Unitarians is an attack on Christianity even as he disparages the practices of Unitarians is as pathetic as his obvious hucksterism. It never fails to impress me how flexible and relativist right wingers can be when the situation demands it; they insist on simple motives until it is no longer convienent to do so. In this case, this grown man committed an act of terrorism and said he did for political motives both verbally and in writing. He clearly thought about what he was doing and expressed himself plain spoken language. 

Michael Savage, Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly, Jerome Corsi, and so many others are well documented for their use of violent rhetoric and expressing a desire for people to do violence on liberals and gays. A man in his fifties who shoots up a liberal church and says that he did it because “he could not get to the leaders of the liberal movement that he would then target those that had voted them in to office.” is fundamentally different from a teenager who listens to rock music, plays video games, and shoots up their high school because the football players picked on them.

3 Responses to “The Words of Savages”

  1. Interview Request

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  2. How about Jim Webb’s aid who was found shot in the head… what books did he read?

  3. Mick-
    The police haven’t determined whether the death of Fred Hutchins was a murder or a suicide. It’s said that Fred was called a ‘nigger lover’ for helping Onzlee Ware, a black man, get elected. He also had a brilliant career ahead of him by all accounts. It’s hard to imagine why he would commit suicide but none of us know all the facts. I don’t know what his reading list consisted of.

    Of course, in light of the events in Little Rock this past week, perhaps my statement about a man in his fifties shooting up a liberal church being fundamentally different than a teenager shooting up a high school were too hasty and unconsidered. It seems that the fifty year old killer was writing graffiti about ‘dumb jocks and sorority bitches’ just before he went on his spree. The world is full of madmen. I think we can both agree on that.
    Winston Delgado

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