After shooter's sentencing, FRC weighs action against Dees and SPLC

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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The president of the Family Research Council says his pro-family organization is weighing actions it might take against the Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling FRC a “hate group."

Floyd Corkins was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his failed attempt in 2012 to kill as many people as possible at the national headquarters of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.


Corkins confessed that he wanted to kill FRC employees because of the organization's opposition to homosexual marriage. He was motivated by the listing of the FRC as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The American Family Association, which operates the OneNewsNow website, is also labeled a “hate group.”  

Tony Perkins, president of the FRC, says the SPLC has been given a platform to “recklessly label and incite hatred” toward the FRC and other conservatives. He blames that in part on the relationship with the U.S. Justice Department. 

"And it is very troubling and it's dangerous, and the Southern Poverty Law Center is inciting violence,” Perkins tells OneNewsNow. “It is clearly connected in this case to this act of violence and they do need to be stopped."

Asked by the FBI why he targeted FRC, Corkins said in a recorded interview: “It was a, uh, Southern Poverty Law, lists anti-gay groups. I found them online. I did a little bit of research, went to the website, stuff like that.”

The SPLC is overseen by attorney Morris Dees, who was confronted by CNS News this summer about Corkins’ confession that he used the Law Center and its "Hate Map."

Dees responded that “having a group on our Hate Map doesn’t cause anybody to attack them anymore than they attacked us for one thing or another.”

He went on to defend the designation, claiming FRC has made false statements about homosexuals and has caused people to attack homosexuals, which mirrors Corkins' motive for targeting FRC for a planned massacre. 

The Southern Poverty Law Center "is actually linked now, through the evidence in federal court, to terrorism,” says Perkins. “We will be looking at every avenue possible to protect not only FRC but to protect all conservatives and all Americans from the reckless behavior of the Southern Poverty Law Center."

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