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FRC Continues Hypocritical Whining About SPLC

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.

Comments

  1. Alverant says

    Wait, 25 years when no one was hurt? That’s more time than people usually get for killing someone who is gay.

  2. says

    “The FRC routinely compares gay people to pedophiles and accuses them of trying to…throw Christians in prison (ironic, since the FRC has long advocated the criminalization of homosexuality)

    Exactly. So Christians have to do it first, before The Gays get a chance to do to Christians what Christians are trying to do to The Gays! I mean, really, Ed, it’s just basic Bush Doctrine*.

    * They teach it in whatever the opposite of West Point is.

  3. Trebuchet says

    Wait, 25 years when no one was hurt? That’s more time than people usually get for killing someone who is gay.

    No deaths but a security guard was shot and injured.

  4. Chiroptera says

    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.”…

    …and now fortified with vitriol against Obamacare!

  5. zero6ix says

    “They’re saying we’re like the KKK, or neo-nazi skinheads! That’s blatantly false! We hate gays! The KKK hates gays and blacks! And skinheads hate gays and jews! See? Totally different.”

  6. Alverant says

    Thanks for the correction, Trebuchet. It’s still less time than some people have gotten for killing someone else because of their race, religion, sexuality, etc.

  7. John Pieret says

    Does that mean they should be held responsible for every incident of gay bashing? They would howl in protest at the very suggestion.

    Of course they would, because they’re doing the work of GAWD, who specifically ordered gay bashing (with actual stones), while the SPLC is doing the work of MEN called Founding Fathers who, for some reason, didn’t understand that what they wrote in the Constitution came directly from Leviticus.

  8. Chiroptera says

    Huh. Funny how all of a sudden conservatives are less than enamoured with “Second Amendment solutions.”

  9. says

    Corkins admitted he picked the FRC offices because the organization was listed as an “anti-gay” hate group by the SPLC on its website.

    Ten to one, Corkins is an FRC plant, placed deliberately to try and make the SPLC look bad.

  10. dan4 says

    @1: “Wait, 25 years and no one was hurt?”

    Ed’s post, buried all the way in the second sentence of the first paragraph: “One person was injured…”

    You must have done great on the reading comprehension portion of your SAT’s.

  11. dan4 says

    @13: Except that, Ed, unlike Trebuchet, “corrected” Alverant’s mistake before Alverant made his mistake!

  12. dan4 says

    @11: I hope you’re being sarcastic. I wouldn’t like to think we have a left-wing Alex Jones in our midst.

  13. says

    dan4

    Nope, not sarcastic and nowhere near being “a left-wing Alex Jones”.

    I just wouldn’t put it past FRC to stage something like that for publicity and/or sympathy and/or a ready-made opportunity to bash the SPLC or blame “teh gheys”. It fits with their MO.

  14. dingojack says

    Dan – before complaining of someone else’s ‘comprehension difficulties’ perhaps you should check your own.
    Dingo

  15. birgerjohansson says

    WMD Kitty, I see no FRC members being committed enough to take the fall. “Sacrifice” is for others.

  16. says

    I think WMD Kitty is being a little bit hyperbolic but I wouldn’t put it past the FRC to use the incident for every political advantage.

    If he had shot up a liquor store, 7-11 or something of the like he might be going away for less time. His attorney says that he’s delusional and if that’s true he won’t be coming out of stir, “cured”.

    This:

    “We know what many of those families are going through and in fact there are members of our staff that had friends that were at the Navy Yard that were shot and killed on Monday,” Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council, said.” (source: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/09/floyd-corkins-ii-to-be-sentenced-today-for-attempted-mass-shooting-94219.html)

    Perkins added that he also knew how Dr. George Tiller’s family felt–and he fucking LOVED it!

  17. dan4 says

    @17: I already pointed out the difference between what Ed wrote and what Trebuchet wrote regarding Alverant’s mistake-so I have no “comprehension difficulties” in this matter.
    @16: “It fits with their MO.” How so? If that’s going to be the extent of your “evidence” for your “false flag” accusation against the FRC, then you should elaborate.

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