FRC shooter wanted to ‘kill as many as possible’

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Jody Brown (

It has been discovered that the man who last summer entered a pro-family group's headquarters in Washington, DC, pulled a gun, and wounded a security guard fully intended to "kill as many as possible" among targets he identified on the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Reckless disregard, radical promotion

Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow)
February 7, 2013 

The Southern Poverty Law Center website lists several pro-family groups as "hate groups" -- including FRC, the American Family Association, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, Concerned Women for America, Coral Ridge Ministries (now Truth in Action Ministries), the Illinois Family Institute, and Liberty Counsel.

Staver, Mat (Liberty Counsel)Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver believes the Southern Poverty Law Center has a role in the crime to which Corkins has admitted. The attorney tells OneNewsNow that the SPLC has misclassified his organization and the others as hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan.

"This is irresponsible. It's reckless," says Staver. "We knew that something like this would happen because of the reckless disregard of the truth and the radical promotion of their pro-homosexual agenda that the Southern Poverty Law Center sponsors."

According to Staver, the SPLC categorizes groups such as FRC as hate groups because "they believe that homosexuality is not moral; that it is not biblical and it is abnormal."

"For those reasons alone," he concludes, "they [FRC] were classified as a hate group -- and as a result of that they were targeted by a terrorist."

Staver says the Corkins case ought to be a wakeup call to the SPLC to stop its practices. He is convinced SPLC has a role in the crime and should be held accountable.

Floyd Lee Corkins pleaded guilty Wednesday in a court hearing to multiple criminal charges (including committing an act of terrorism) stemming from the August 15, 2012, shooting inside the facilities of the Family Research Council. It came to light during the hearing that during an interview with the FBI right after the shooting that he admitted his guilt. He said he intended to "kill as many as possible and smear the Chick-fil-A sandwiches in victims' faces, and kill the guard." When Corkin was apprehended, he had in his possession a backpack containing several sandwiches from that Christian-owned restaurant chain. Chick-fil-A was making headlines at the time because of its president's public statements in support of traditional marriage. ( Related article)

Upon review of Corkins' family computer, authorities found that he had identified his targets on the SPLC website, which previously had labeled several pro-family, Christian groups -- FRC among them -- as "hate groups." In his plea agreement on Wednesday, Corkins acknowledged he identified FRC as "an anti-gay organization" by visiting Southern Poverty's website.

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FRC president Tony Perkins has released the following statement, in which he repeats his call for SPLC to stop what he calls "reckless labeling" of Christian organizations:


"The day after Floyd Corkins came into the FRC headquarters 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.'

"Today both assertions were validated in court as Corkins plead guilty to multiple criminal charges, including terrorism.

"The Southern Poverty Law Center can no longer say that it is not a source for those bent on committing acts of violence.  Only by ending its hate-labeling practices will the SPLC send a message that it no longer wishes to be a source for those who would commit acts of violence that are only designed to intimidate and silence Christians and others who support natural marriage and traditional morality. 

"Once again, I call on the SPLC to put an immediate stop to its practice of labeling organizations that oppose their promotion of homosexuality. 

"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."

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