29 July 2008

Unitarian Church shooting in Tennessee

There was a horrible shooting at a Unitarian congregation in Knoxville on Sunday, leaving two dead and several more injured. I already mentioned this in my other blog.

As the investigation unfolds, it is being revealed that the attacker was upset over the cuts to his food stamp rations, and after reading some far-right propaganda books by the likes of Michael Savage and Bill O'Reilly, decided that the liberals were the problem. And since he couldn't kill liberal leaders, he decided to kill the voters that supported them - namely, the Unitarians.

It's ironic that this guy went on a rampage to kill the liberals, while being utterly dependent on liberal government handouts in the form of food stamps. He's no different from the Alaskans, who vote Republican because of the oil dividend, another government handout program (one that the Democrats claim credit for, at that).

The right-wing pundits who influenced the attacker, including Michelle Malkin and Mann Coulter, ought to be charged with inciting violence, thrown in jail (make sure to throw the Mann in men's jail), and forever be banned from the public radiowaves. There is a fine line between free speech and inciting violence, and the hateful rhetoric of most of these talk show hosts is nothing short of the latter.

Some thoughts are shared by DiAnne Grieser over at Silenced Majority.

Also, the advertisers to Fox News and other hate networks will need to be reminded of what they're supporting. If they can pull out, like Lowe's and Home Depot, then business continues as usual. If they blatantly and proudly keep advertising, like BMW, then it's boycott time.