On Wednesday, a man named Floyd Corkins allegedly walked into the office building of the powerful ultra-conservative lobby firm Family Research Council and shot an unarmed building manager.
CNN reports that Corkins had previously worked for an organization that served LGBT people, and because of that, conservatives are connecting the Southern Poverty Law Center’s declaration that the Family Research Council is a hate group with this crime, blaming SPLC for inciting extremists.
The SPLC criticizes the Family Research Council for asserting, “in Perkins’ words, that pedophilia is ‘a homosexual problem’ — an utter falsehood, as every relevant scientific authority has stated. An FRC official has said he wanted to ‘export homosexuals from the United States.’ The same official advocated the criminalizing of homosexuality.”
The fact of the Family Research Council’s being called a hate group by the SPLC became widely know during the Chick-fil-A controversy. Corkins was allegedly carrying 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches when he was arrested.
Asked what evidence he had linking the center to the shooting, Perkins referred to the Chick-fil-A matter.
[Dan Cathy said,]”You have seen Family Research Council listed in many of those stories — that Chick fil-A supports and underwrites the Family Research Council.
“And in those stories where it says the Family Research Council, it says they’re a certified hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. We’ve seen that term used increasingly over the last two years and it marginalizes individuals and organizations, letting people feel free to go and do bodily harm to innocent people who are simply working and representing folks all across this country.”
The SPLC maintains that Perkins is using the SPLC’s condemnation of the Family Research Council to “pose a false equivalency between the SPLC’s criticisms of the FRC and the FRC’s criticisms of LGBT people.”
What do you think? Did the SPLC’s condemnation of the Family Research Council contribute to what the FBI may deem either a hate crime or domestic terrorism, allegedly at the hands of Floyd Corkins?