FRC Shooter Used SPLC Website as “Map” for his Shooting
You have to wonder, after this came out yesterday, whether anyone at the Southern Poverty Leadership Council — a group which prides itself as the self-proclaimed authority on who’s a hate group and who isn’t — realizes that they’ve pretty much become the very thing they claim they are policing: a group that targets others they don’t agree with.
After last summer’s attempted shooting at the conservative Family Research Council, the SPLC has sort of gone into public relations hiding.
After the shooter — Floyd Corkins — plead guilty to three charges yesterday, you’ll be now lucky if the SPLC returns your phone calls.
Floyd Lee Corkins II pleaded guilty to three charges including a charge of committing an act of terrorism related to the August 15, 2012 injuring of FRC’s guard. He told the FBI that he wanted to kill anti-gay targets and went to the law center’s website for ideas.
At a court hearing where his comments to the FBI were revealed, he said that he intended to “kill as many as possible and smear the Chick-Fil-A sandwiches in victims’ faces, and kill the guard.” The shooting occurred after an executive with Chick-Fil-A announced his support for traditional marriage, angering same-sex marriage proponents.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said that the Southern Poverty Law Center should take responsibility for the shooting and take down their hate map.
“The day after Floyd Corkins came into the FRC headquarter and opened fire wounding one of our team members, I stated that while Corkins was responsible for the shooting, he had been given a license to perpetrate this act of violence by groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center which has systematically and recklessly labeled every organization with which they disagree as a ‘hate group,’” he said.
“Once again, I call on the SPLC to put an immediate stop to its practice of labeling organizations that oppose their promotion of homosexuality,” said Perkins, adding, “Whether the SPLC continues to demonize those who hold to biblical morality or not, the Family Research Council will remain unequivocally committed to our mission of advancing faith, family and freedom.”
His comments had no impact at the law center. Their “hate map” still includes FRC.
Remember when liberals went nuts in 2011 because of a political map showing targeted House seats on Sarah Palin’s website (which wasn’t connected at all to the motives behind the Gabby Giffords shooting)? Yeah, if they were consistent with anything they believe in, you’d see an effort to get the SPLC to take its map down.
Instead, crickets and the hope from the SPLC that if they keep their head down long enough, it will be forgotten by the culture.
Something tells me that could be unlikely.