‘Hate group’ labeling and the shooting at FRC
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The man who stormed into the Family Research Council last week and opened fire, wounding an unarmed security guard before the guard disarmed the attacker, was apparently on a deadly mission to silence the peaceful, faith-filled pro-family, pro-life, pro-traditional-marriage group.

The shooter, Floyd Lee Corkins II, had been working as a volunteer for the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community. According to The Advocate, his parents told the FBI that Corkins has “strong opinions with respect to those he believes do not treat homosexuals in a fair manner.”

Corkins stormed into the FRC headquarters in Washington, D.C., with a 9 mm handgun, 50 rounds of ammunition, and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches, shouting that he does not agree with FRC politics, before he opened fire.

While FRC head Tony Perkins made it clear that the shooter himself was responsible for what he did, Perkins pointed to incendiary rhetoric from the Southern Poverty Law Center, labeling FRC a “hate” group—alongside neo-Nazi organizations and white supremacists—because it opposes same-sex marriage. That type of labeling creates an environment that endangers the group and others who speak out against same-sex marriage.

In addition to the SPLC’s labeling of groups that oppose homosexuality as hate groups, Planned Parenthood branded FRC and other peaceful advocacy groups as terrorists and extremists.

World Net Daily founder Joseph Farah pointed to Planned Parenthood and SPLC saying, “Both of these organizations literally did their best to put a target on the back of FRC and other pro-family groups by labeling it as a ‘hate group’ (SPLC) and ‘terrorist or extremist organization’ (Planned Parenthood).”

He continued:

I can tell you this. Other groups and individuals on those lists—including me and my news organization—are taking this matter very seriously and beefing up security precautions in anticipation of more violence provoked by slanderous and vicious assaults of this kind.

Yes, I made the same lists. So did WND as an organization. Now we are watching our backs, knowing that Planned Parenthood and SPLC have placed targets on them for every maniac who reads their reports and takes them seriously.

No statement regarding the shooting has been forthcoming from Planned Parenthood. In fact, when contacted by World Net Daily for a comment, the abortion giant did not respond.

Planned Parenthood has removed its Terrorist and Extremist Organizations page from its website, but it continues to profile the FRC and organizations like American Life League and STOPP on its “Profiles of 15 Anti-Choice Organizations,” which was the only page that was linked to the Terrorist and Extremist Organization page when it existed.