Knoxville Minister Examines Hate Speech on Bill Moyers Journal
September 11, 2008Rev. Chris Buice and his Knoxville congregation, Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church (TVUUC), will be featured on Bill Moyers Journal in a segment examining the relationship between hate speech and violence. The program is scheduled to air at 9 PM Friday, September 12, 2008 on most PBS affiliates.
Two people were killed and six wounded on July 27, 2008, when a man fired on Buice’s congregation during a Sunday morning worship service. Knoxville police said the shooter expressed "hatred of the liberal movement," and investigators found anti-liberal books by prominent conservative broadcasters during a search of the man's home.
Rev. Buice has been speaking out against the politics of division pedaled in some segments of the “info-tainment” media market, and this Friday Buice joins Bill Moyers Journal for a tough look at the hostile industry of right-wing "shock jock" broadcasting.
"A lot of people are hurling insults from the safety of television studios, the safety of radio studios, the safety of cyberspace,” Buice said. “So that's a void in our community—the chance to be in the same room and to have these exchanges and remember the humanity of the person on the other side." The program includes an interview with Buice and a segment from his recent sermon titled “God, Gays, Guns, and the Gospel.” (Read More)