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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.

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