Thanks for posting the article.
The Most important part of the article...
“Two congregants tackled the gunman, he said.”
Horrible news. Prayers go out to those who were hurt or killed and for those who will suffer because of this sick person.
This is a symptom of a culture that feels free to spew venomous hatred and bigotry against people of faith. There is no doubt we will begin to see more of this.
At least some of the parishioners were able to tackle the guy.
Prayers for all involved.
This is what it’s all about folks. Any guy entering a church brandishing a shotgun should be dead meat before he can raise it and fire.
We hear talk about how terrible it would be to return to the wild west days. I doubt too many people were walking into churches in those days gunning down people for the sport of it.
Prayers for everybody.
The Unitarians are the liberals and humanists in my community and no doubt the same in Knoxville.
They tried to stop the shooter which is the right thing to do, but I suspect not too many are advocates for the Second Amendment and using guns in self-defense.
A terrible thing to happen to anyone, anywhere.
Prayers being said. How horrible...
Been watching this on local TV. I am not too far from Knoxville.
Will be watching the news for the press conference, and praying for the victims.
My father, during his pastoring life, had confrontations with gunmen four times - once was a robbery during the church service, the other times were personal, i.e., a husband or father did not approve of the association of a female family member with the church.
However, I do believe the current anti-religious bent of the press and certain institutions offers an “excuse” to those with loose screws.
It’s a vulnerable feeling sitting in church with your back to the door. Prayers to all involved.
All these shootings have a common theme........... the shooter calmly reloads, then begins shooting again.
Sounds like the good folks took things in their own hands here.
“Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion with Jewish-Christian roots. It has no creed. It affirms the worth of human beings, advocates freedom of belief and the search for advancing truth, and tries to provide a warm, open, supportive community for people who believe that ethical living is the supreme witness of religion.”
In other words, a NEW AGE church.
What do you expect? God is NOT in the center of this church. Human beings are.
This is why there was a loaded Glock concealed beneath my sport coat this morning, and every morning I am at church. Oh, and an extra clip in case they’re fat or I miss.
And yet it is leftist orthodoxy that putting up a “no guns” sign will stop depraved madmen like this.
From this source:
Unitarian Universalism (UU), known officially as the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations in North America (with headquarters in Boston, Mass.), was officially formed in 1961 with the merger of two separate religious groups whose roots date back to the early 1500s -- the American Unitarian Association (1825) and the Universalist Church of America (1793). Unitarian Universalism is one of the most liberal of the denominations, being more akin to a society of free thinkers than a traditional "Christian" denomination.
In America, the religious liberalism that came to be known as Unitarianism appeared within the congregational churches in Massachusetts as a reaction against the revivalism of the Great Awakening (1740-43). Unitarianism prospered in the late-18th century among the Harvard elite, and emerged full bloom in the early-19th century as a rational, mystical, liberal religion that rejected the divinity of Christ as well as the Calvinist view of man as totally depraved. The Unitarians believed that man was not only morally perfectible, but that education was the only true way to salvation. Since they believed that evil was caused by ignorance, poverty, and social injustice, they were convinced that only a good liberal education, provided by the government at no charge, would solve society's problems (1/96, The Blumenfeld Education Letter, p. 2).
Universalism is the theological doctrine that all souls will ultimately be saved and that there are no torments of hell. Universalism has been asserted at various times in different contexts throughout the history of the "Christian church" -- e.g., Origen in the 3rd century. The Universalists also denied the miraculous element in Scripture, and rejected such important Bible doctrines as the total depravity of man and the Trinity.
There are currently about 205,000 Unitarian Universalist members in 1,040 congregations in North America. The beliefs of Unitarian Universalism appeal greatly to the "yuppie" generation of today -- no penalty for sin, no hell, salvation for all, ecumenism with all other religions, and extreme theological liberalism with no official creeds. Many in this "church" do not believe in Biblical Christianity, and some do not even want to be known as Christians. According to the Unitarian-Universalist 1985 revised statement, no minister, member, or congregation "shall be required to subscribe to any particular interpretation of religion, or to any particular religious belief or creed." Four of their seven Principles and Purposes are these: The inherent worth and dignity of every person; a free and responsible search for truth; the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
In their attempt to be "free thinking" and "non-creedal," the UUs have become so liberal that they deny almost every doctrine of the Christian faith, replacing the worship of God with a worship of self, teaching that human reason and experience take precedence over the Word of God. Below are the highlights of what the Unitarian Universalists "believe" concerning their source of authority, the Trinity, God, Christ, salvation, and heaven and hell:
What a terrible thing. Prayers!
“A production of Annie” ??? is this a Christian Church?
But my prayers for the families and those wounded of course.
People who are licensed carry should be able to carry in Church.
This could have been stopped by a law abiding citizen.