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
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
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. (
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
"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
"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