I'm no Sherlock Holmes, but when the news reports said that Jim Adkisson railed against the Unitarian Universalist congregation for being "liberal," including its advocacy for gay rights, I recalled all the hate speech that spews daily from the right-wing blabbermouths.
Savage is the worst of these nuts. He's off his rocker, yet has the gall to write a book called "Liberalism is a Mental Disorder."
That book was found in the killer's house. A review of the book (found via a Google cache) shows that there's good reason to hold Savage partly responsible for helping push a deranged guy over the right-wing edge.
"You will not have a nation unless you awaken to the reality that America has become pacified; America has become feminized; and America is being compromised from without and within," Savage warns. "You cannot let them get away with this. Can America be saved? Is it too late? I believe that with God's will and with your determination to confront the mental disorder of liberalism whenever and wherever it is found, America can both survive and thrive."
The best-selling author and top rated radio talk show host of The Savage Nation not only diagnoses the mental state of liberals, he tells his readers what to do to counteract the ravages wrought by their deranged states of mind and exposes the methods by which they impose their demented agenda on the American people.
Liberalism, he writes, is "made in much the same way as a sausage - it's a blend of fascist, Communist, and socialist ideologies from twentieth century Europe, with a pinch of Nazism, all ground together, yet retaining the flavor of its various parts."
This is sick.
I'm sure Adkisson thought he was being a patriot when he shot up the Unitarian church. Actually, of course, he demonstrated that the real Americans are those who stand up for the ideals this country was founded on – including freedom of speech and tolerance of diversity.
There were heroes in the church that day, but they were all on the liberal/progressive side. Greg McKendry died when he stood up and blocked a shotgun blast with his body.
Meanwhile, Savage, O'Reilly, and Hannity sit on their asses in air-conditioned studios and rant on about how selfish demented liberals are destroying America. Hopefully this tragedy will cause a lot of listeners to realize how dangerous these guys are.
Their hate speech divides America. That's what they want – division, because it helps their ratings when right-wingers flock to hear how, well, right they are. No wonder the Unitarian church was so threatening to Adkisson.
Michael Savage, who claims to be able to diagnose liberalism as a mental disorder, recently claimed that in 99% of autism cases, "it's a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out. That's what autism is."
Of course, it isn't. Which led to a firestorm of protest from parents of children with autism and others. Major advertisers on his radio program jumped ship, which makes me feel a lot better about Home Depot and Aflac.
Savage called autistic children "brats, idiots, and morons."
Clearly, this is an instance of the pot calling the kettle black. I like the advice of Rebecca Estepp, an advocate for those with autism.
"Michael Savage is spectacularly uninformed about this major national health crisis," Estepp said. "His comments were beyond insulting and are tantamount to blaming parents for their child's cancer.
"Perhaps 99 percent of his listeners should stop tuning in."