The fact that Tony Perkins organization, the Family Research Center (FRC), is (as the Southern Poverty Law Center states) clearly a ‘hate group,’ does not excuse the actions of 28 y/o Floyd Lee Corkins II.
When Corkins brought a gun into the offices of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., stating that he didn’t like their policies, then shooting the building manager in the arm, he was committing a terrorist act. Hopefully he, and other nuts like him, will be put away for many years and prevented from ever again legally owing a firearm.
Tony Perkins is spreading the blame for this act between the shooter and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Quoting Perkins:
“Let me be clear that Floyd Corkins was responsible for firing the shots yesterday that wounded one of our colleagues … but Corkins was given a license to shoot an unarmed man by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center that have been reckless in labeling organizations ‘hate groups’ because they disagree with them on public policy.”
Bloomberg today, as this Bloomberg article indicates, disagrees: “Unfortunately for Perkins, it’s pretty clear that a fair portion of FRC’s business is hate.”
What else would you call a group who has arbitrarily set itself up as the ‘moral compass’ for America and who regularly (and absurdly) accuses gays of being pedophiles:
“While activists like to claim that pedophilia is a completely distinct orientation from homosexuality, evidence shows a disproportionate overlap between the two. It is a homosexual problem.” (FRC President Tony Perkins, on the FRC website, 2010)
When you consider how reviled pedophiles are (as they should be), every gay person must certainly consider that to be incendiary hate speech?
The organization People for the American Way (motto: Speak out against intolerance — that’s the American way) has published a “Profile of the Family Research Council”. Here, from that profile, is a statement of the “FRC’s Principal Issues”:
“Since the early 1990’s, FRC has emerged as a leading conservative think-tank championing “traditional family values” by lobbying for state-sponsored prayer in public schools, private school “vouchers,” abstinence-only programs, filtering software on public library computers, the right to discriminate against gay men and lesbians.
“FRC’s objective is to establish a conservative Christian standard of morality in all of America’s domestic and foreign policy.
“FRC has dedicated itself to working against reproductive freedom, sex education, equal rights for gays and lesbians and their families, funding of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. FRC supports a school prayer amendment and would like to ‘disestablish’ the Department of Education.”
This is a description of a group that is opposed to legally expressed individual freedom and that puts them in direct opposition to freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution of the United States.
Thanks to that same Constitution, however, the FRC is guaranteed the right to preach their anti-gay message (even if it consists of lies) and spread their anti-freedom (anti-American) message . . . but aren’t they being hypocritical when they complain about honest negative evaluations of their organization’s efforts?