Wednesday, July 30, 2008

"A Whole Lotta Ugly" in Church Shooting

Here's a Wednesday must-read: in The Washington Post, faith writer David Waters sums up the tragic shooting that happened on Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist church in Knoxville, Tennessee (click here for the back-story).

The church was known for it's acceptance of all members of the community - including GLBT people. Waters reports that this past March the UU church's pastor, Chris Buice, wrote an op-ed n the Knoxville News Sentinel entitled simply enough: Tolerance. He writes:

"In the movie 'Hairspray,' the character Mabelle warns a newly formed interracial couple, 'You two better brace yourselves for a whole lotta ugly comin' at you from a never-ending parade of stupid'..."

"I prefer to be around people who know how to build things up instead of tearing things down. In the midst of political and religious controversy, I choose to love my neighbors as myself. Ultimately, I believe that tolerance, compassion and respect are the qualities we need to keep Knoxville and East Tennessee beautiful."

And there certainly was "a whole lotta ugly" in what happened on Sunday when a man entered the church and opened fire. Maybe in the wake of this tragic event the community will learn something about loving their neighbors.

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