Here’s a fascinating case study of differing reactions to the appalling shooting at the Family Research Council’s offices in Washington DC. Atheist, secular and pro-equality groups and individuals were unequivocal in condemning the attack and all instances of politically motivated violence. You’ve already seen Wayne Besen’s statement on it. Here’s the Secular Coalition for America:
“While we disagree with the Family Research Council on nearly every issue, the debate surrounding the role of religion in the public sphere should be fought with reason and logic, not guns,” said Edwina Rogers, Executive Director. “We absolutely condemn this sort of senseless violence.”
Rogers said that the thoughts of the Secular Coalition are with the security guard who was shot. The organization wishes him a speedy recovery and is glad that security guards were able to prevent further harm.
And American Atheists:
American Atheists is saddened to learn about the shooting at the Family Research Council today. Our thoughts are with the security officer who was injured and the other employees who were traumatized.
American Atheists never advocate violence as an answer to disagreements, even with those who believe differently than our members.
A group of 23 LGBT groups issued this statement:
We were saddened to hear news of the shooting this morning at the offices of the Family Research Council. Our hearts go out to the shooting victim, his family, and his co-workers.
The motivation and circumstances behind today’s tragedy are still unknown, but regardless of what emerges as the reason for this shooting, we utterly reject and condemn such violence. We wish for a swift and complete recovery for the victim of this terrible incident.
Now let’s contrast that with some of the comments at Fox Nation, which Charles Johnson has preserved before they’re deleted:
Out of work OWS ho mo. The DNC convention might be a good place for a mass attack…
It is past time for America to declare war against these deranged, DOPE HEAD leftist loons….
Be prepared the civil war has begun….the left will go nuclear when Obama loses…blacks will find an excuse to riot…homo’s will become more militant, unions will bully and intimidate and act like thugs Its coming be prepared to defend and protect your family…
Obama’s organization is creating a campaign of terror against American citizens so that Obama will appear “justified” when he deploys his “Department of Homeland Security”—-which has purchased a BILLION ROUNDS of ammunition in the last year—-to disarm American citizens…
this is just a practice run for Obama, he’s getting a feel for which way to cause the national emergency. I still say he’s planning a failed assination attempt on himself, and will declare the elections off. DHS has been stockpiling ammo for months. Travel with papers is headed our way . martial law !!!…
you better find a gød to pray to, that there isn’t a “civil” war in 2016, or any time in your future, because You’re gonna be primary targets, and we’re gonna be able to find you.
Now I know it’s not entirely analogous to compare statements from organizations to comments on a website. But do you know of any prominent liberal site where the commenters are supporting the shooting or spewing crazy conspiracies about it?