About a year ago, Floyd Corkins went into the Family Research Council’s Washington, DC office and started shooting. One person was injured but they managed to subdue Corkins before he could kill anyone. Since that day, the FRC has tried relentlessly to pin the blame on the Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling the FRC a hate group. Here’s the latest attempt, in the Worldnetdaily.
Corkins admitted he picked the FRC offices because the organization was listed as an “anti-gay” hate group by the SPLC on its website.
The FRC promotes traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs about the family and homosexuality, but SPLC claims the organization’s “real specialty is defaming gays and lesbians.”…
Boykin believes Corkins isn’t the only one who should be held accountable.
“I think the SPLC should be taken to task by the media and public opinion for the reckless nature of what they’re doing,” he said.
The general noted that hate-crimes legislation would hold a pastor, or anyone else in authority, accountable for remarks that caused someone to harm a gay or lesbian individual, so why not an organization?
“We have exactly the same thing now, with the SPLC, which clearly incited Floyd Lee Corkins to violence against a Christian organization,” he explained, “yet there is no effort whatsoever to hold them accountable in the court of public opinion or by the legal system in America, and I think there is a real contradiction there.”
But that simply isn’t true. The hate crimes law would not hold a pastor responsible for the actions of someone else, unless they directly incited them to commit a specific crime (which was true before that legislation passed; it has always been a crime to incite someone to commit violence, but the standard is very, very narrow — as it should be). And the idea that the SPLC should be blamed merely because they call the FRC — accurately, which is kind of important — a hate group.
But the SPLC has never encouraged violence of any kind. All it does is compile and publish evidence that various groups have made hateful statements about, in this case, gay people. And in the case of the FRC, there is a huge pile of evidence. The FRC routinely compares gay people to pedophiles and accuses them of trying to, quite literally, destroy the country, destroy Christianity, throw Christians in prison (ironic, since the FRC has long advocated the criminalization of homosexuality), and so forth. Does that mean they should be held responsible for every incident of gay bashing? They would howl in protest at the very suggestion.
Corkins spotted the FRC on the SPLC’s “hate map,” but Boykin said his group has never appealed to the SPLC to take them off because they don’t think the hate map is legitimate.
The general called the map capricious and noted it has no definition of a hate group.
“More importantly, we think what they’re doing is absolutely reckless, particularly given they put us in the same category as groups like the Klu Klux Klan and the skinheads.”
Pressure has to be put on the SPLC to stop this, because, Boykin said, “It is reckless behavior that has, at least in this case, incited someone to want to kill people who don’t believe what they believe and stand for.”
But the hate map does not put them in the same category as the KKK and skinheads. It has different symbols for different types of groups and if you click on each state it brings up a list of the hate groups in that state and identifies the specific type of group they are. It’s not like they put up a website with wanted posters of abortion doctors with their home address on them, like Flip Benham of Operation Save America or the Nuremberg Files put up by Neal Horsley. I’ve never heard FRC condemn any of those people and claim that they should be held responsible for the murder of abortion doctors, have you?
By the way, Corkins was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Thursday.