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FRC: The SPLC Should Be Prosecuted

The man who last year shot a security guard at the DC headquarters of the Family Research Council will be sentenced tomorrow and the FRC has spent the week renewing their claim that it is the Southern Poverty Law Center (and not them) who is the true hate group. And the government should do something about that. Today World Net Daily published an interview with an FRC spokesman, retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin:
The general noted that hate-crimes legislation would hold a pastor, or anyone else in authority, accountable for remarks that caused someone to harm a gay or lesbian individual, so why not an organization? “We have exactly the same thing now, with the SPLC, which clearly incited Floyd Lee Corkins to violence against a Christian organization,” he explained, “yet there is no effort whatsoever to hold them accountable in the court of public opinion or by the legal system in America, and I think there is a real contradiction there.” Corkins spotted the FRC on the SPLC’s “hate map,” but Boykin said his group has never appealed to the SPLC to take them off because they don’t think the hate map is legitimate. The general called the map capricious and noted it has no definition of a hate group. “More importantly, we think what they’re doing is absolutely reckless, particularly given they put us in the same category as groups like the Klu Klux Klan and the skinheads.”
Contrary to Boykin's silly lie, no pastor has been or would be held legally accountable for an anti-gay hate crime unless the pastor's words were a literal call for violence against a specific person. And the SPLC, needless to say, has never done that. The FRC has also taken to describing the shooter, Floyd Lee Corkins, as "heavily armed" in order to make the crime appear even more terrifying. In fact, he was carrying a single pistol and 15 chicken sandwiches. Corkins pleaded guilty in February and faces up to 45 years in prison.

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