Officials: Suspect Hated Church Views

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Authorities in Knoxville, Tennessee say the suspect involved in the shooting at a local church picked the congregation because he hated their liberal views.

However, the Knoxville News Sentinel is reporting neighbors believe the alleged shooter -- 58-year-old Jim D. Adkisson has issues with Christianity.

Adkisson is charged with one count of first-degree murder in the attack that left two people dead and wounded seven. Four are still hospitalized, three in serious condition. Adkisson may face more charges. He is being held on a $1 million bond.

More than 1,000 people attended the memorial service for the victims held Monday night at the 2nd Presbyterian Church, which is just up the street from the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, where the shooting took place.

Will Activists Call for Hate Crimes Legislation?

Meanwhile, the president of Americans for Truth says gay activists will use the tragic event to advance their agenda and call for hate crimes legislation.

"The fact is, this case will get the attention it deserves and I believe this man could be given the death penalty, without any extra help from the feds and any sort of hate crimes prosecution," Peter LaBarbera explained. "If he's guilty of murder, and the facts are true, he should get the death penalty."

Reportedly, shortly after the shootings took place, pro-homosexual groups, such as the Human Rights Campaign, were offering assistance to the church.

The pro-family advocate claims that the media gives the homosexual movement favorable treatment. Such coverage, LaBarbera argues, dispenses with the need for special legislation to "give more attention and better treatment to this case."

Sources: The Associated Press, One News Now

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