An out-of-work truck driver accused of opening fire at a Unitarian church, killing two people, left behind a note suggesting that he targeted the congregation out of hatred for its liberal policies, including its acceptance of gays, authorities said Monday.The four-page letter indicates that Adkisson's acts were pre-meditated and represented his belief that he was acting out an agenda identical to the agenda espoused by the Republican Party. The precise definition of terrorism is often debated, but a key condition is that the violence perpetrated by the terrorist is undertaken for political reasons and with a political goal in mind.
A four-page letter found in Jim D. Adkisson's small SUV indicated he intentionally targeted the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church because, the police chief said, "he hated the liberal movement" and was upset with "liberals in general as well as gays."
Something all terrorist attacks have in common is their perpetration for a political purpose. Terrorism is a political tactic, not unlike letter writing or protesting, that is used by activists when they believe no other means will effect the kind of change they desire. The change is desired so badly that failure is seen as a worse outcome than the deaths of civilians.Jim Adkisson's actions fit the commonly understood definition of terrorism and were carried out in order to further the political goals of the Republican Party. Consider the police reports filed in connection with the killings:
A police affidavit used to get a search warrant for Adkisson's home said the suspect admitted to the shooting.As I will explain later today, this act of Republican terrorism was not only predictable: it was predicted several months before it happened.
Adkisson "stated that he had 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 the major media outlets," Investigator Steve Still wrote.