Jim David Adkisson, the suspect in Sunday’s deadly shooting in a Unitarian Universalist church in Knoxville, Tenn., left a note expressing his hatred for “what he perceived to be the liberals in our country,” according to Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen, who said the incident was being treated as a hate crime.
Unitarian Universalist minister Jeffrey Symynkywicz is quite the Bruce Springsteen enthusiast, apparently. The Boston fan has studied Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics as though they were Scripture, and the end result is Symynkywicz’s new book—wait for it—“The Gospel According to Bruce Springsteen.”
Rep. Pete Stark of Fremont, Calif., just became the first Congress member and the highest-ranking elected official to publicly acknowledge he does not believe in God. To give you some sense of how difficult a time nonreligious politicians typically have in the U.S., a recent Gallup poll showed that while 92 percent of Americans would support a Jewish presidential candidate, only 45 percent would vote for an atheist.