For the record, I do not condone the shooting at the Family Research Council’s Washington offices. I pray for the swift recovery of security guard Leo Johnson and anyone affected by this terrible act. I also pray for Floyd Corkins, the shooter, that he may see that violence isn’t the way.
I had hoped that shooting at the Family Research Council might start us on the road to some kind of understanding. You know, the big, bad anti-LGBT group gets targeted by a nut and, in the aftermath, LGBT groups disavow any linkage with said nut and offer up prayers for all involved. That, in turn, touches the hearts of the people at FRC and a dialogue starts that will eventually end all this stupidity about gay and straight. Hey, I realize it’s a pipe dream, but a fellow can dream, can’t he?
Evidently not, because that dream began to blown out of the water the day of the shooting. The cry from some on the right is that LGBT people and their allies aren’t interested in tolerance and that the SPLC and Human Rights Campaign are ultimately responsible for the shooting because they labeled the FRC as a hate group. From Erick Erickson at RedState.com, who said “But because the Family Research Council promotes the values shared by a majority of Americans (?), but only a minority of the left in and outside the media, this story will move on off the radar” to Brian Brown, formerly of the American Family Association; now president of Maggie Gallagher’s National Organization for Marriage, who added “This shooting is yet another reminder that recent comments by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Human Rights Campaign labeling FRC a ‘hate group’ are not only false, they are irresponsible and should not be tolerated”, the hue and cry from the right is that this shooting occurred because of leftist propaganda and social engineering. And, if all that isn’t enough, Tony Perkins spoke yesterday, saying
“Corkins was given a license to shoot an unarmed man by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center that have been reckless in labeling organization hate groups because they disagree with them on public policy,”
Wow, way to put out the fire, Tony. You know, a lot of progressive Christian groups have blasted the media for having Perkins on to speak, believing that gives people the idea that Perkins is a major Christian spokesman when it comes to LGBT issues. He’s not, and the above statement shows why.
The FRC, along with many of the groups that rallied around them (American Family Association, One Million Moms, National Organization for Marriage) all have a religious connection of some kind. Yet, not once have I heard a call for prayer, forgiveness of the shooter, or thanks for all the groups that have offered condolences, prayer, etc. All I do hear is accusations and the language of vengeance. It seems, going by Perkins statement, that this horrendous act is just another political tool to pull people to his side. Maybe Tony should go read that Bible he and other right-wingers are always talking about. You know, the one that says “Love your enemies” and “Turn the other cheek”?