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Brian Brown Calls FRC Shooting 'Politically Motivated' On CNN: VIDEO


National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown appeared on CNN's Early Start today to again claim Floyd Corkins, the 28-year old accused of shooting a security guard at Family Research Council's HQ, was trying to send a political message.

"Everything points to the fact that this was politically motivated," he said. "Groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center which has labeled the Family Research Council, which is a mainstream group, a hate group. That sort of talk… is totally irresponsible and unacceptable and I think this incident makes that clear."

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  1. Someone get Brian down off the cross. How many lgbt people have been assaulted or murdered, because of the lies spread by the church and groups like the FRC? One nut attacks an organization he doesn't like, and somehow that's the fault of the the SPLC for accurately labeling the FRC a hate group? I hope we get some media representation in the matter, so Brian and the other haters with a persecution complex don't dominate the conversation.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Aug 16, 2012 9:07:41 AM

  2. Those poor, misunderstood bigots. Won’t people just leave them alone to peddle their destructive hate in peace?


    Posted by: ichabod | Aug 16, 2012 9:10:57 AM

  3. Not looking too healthy there Brian. Hatorade will do that to ya.

    Posted by: Wolf Sawyer | Aug 16, 2012 9:11:19 AM

  4. Brian Brown is an idiot. What was his reaction to the heterosexual Colorado theater shooter who came from a good Christian family, or the heterosexual white supremacist shooter at the Sikh temple which is closely associated with christianity? Should we be blaming Christians, Christianity and heterosexuals for those shootings?

    Posted by: CB | Aug 16, 2012 9:13:31 AM

  5. I meant that white supremacy is closely associated with Christianity, not the Sikh temple.

    Posted by: CB | Aug 16, 2012 9:14:51 AM

  6. Everything points to the fact that this group IS a hate group - despite any protestations to the contrary.

    Posted by: Mitch | Aug 16, 2012 9:18:13 AM

  7. The SPLC's designation of a hate group is based on significant and varied DATA. Actual pieces of information repeated over time and reproduceable that support a conclusion. Unlike everything that the FRC and NOM say about gay people.

    Posted by: bob | Aug 16, 2012 9:21:32 AM

  8. What a sad, power hungry, media whore.

    Posted by: rayrayj | Aug 16, 2012 9:23:17 AM

  9. "That sort of talk… is totally irresponsible and unacceptable and I think this incident makes that clear."

    This statement should be used EVERY time we see a hate crime against the LGBT community referencing the garbage that spews from NOM, FRC, etc.

    He would get to use it once and we'd employ it weekly.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Aug 16, 2012 9:23:41 AM

  10. "Groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center which has labeled the Family Research Council, which is a mainstream group, a hate group. That sort of talk… is totally irresponsible and unacceptable and I think this incident makes that clear."

    mainstream group? Ha!

    hate group? what a hypocrite! he should now have some clue what LGBT folk go through because of FRC's hate speech -- but I'm sure he won't.

    @CB: groups like the FRC blame liberals in general and liberal churches in particular (especially because of their support for LGBT issues).

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Aug 16, 2012 9:30:30 AM

  11. So Brown's statement is wrong, but it was A-OK for Towleroad to hang Jared Loughner around Sarah Palin's neck?

    Just one example:

    What rank hypocrisy. Is Brown wrong? Then Towleroad was. Was Towleroad right? Then Brown is. Let's have one standard, kids. Not pathetic hackery.

    If we apply the same, objective standard, then it's time for Towleroad to be "repentant," and to condemn calling people who disagree with its positions "haters" and "bigots." Or it's time for Towleroad to admit that it was shameful w/re: the Loughner/Giffords affair. One or the other.

    Posted by: Towleroad's Rank Hypocrisy | Aug 16, 2012 9:31:41 AM

  12. Umm... liberal and progressive organizations have not posted pictures with specific opponents in cross-hairs.

    Sarah Palin did.

    Posted by: sparks | Aug 16, 2012 9:41:45 AM

  13. TRH,Gabby Giffords had rifle cross hairs put over her picture while Palin and her rabble bleated about 2nd Amendment solutions.

    So you are full of detritus. Not only that, you are a lying piece of crap.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Aug 16, 2012 9:44:30 AM

  14. It was a shooting driven by fear and hate, just like the dozens of assaults and murders on gay people this year alone.

    They are all wrong, and trying to stipulate some moral high road out of this by Brian of all people is perverse, immoral, and disgusting.

    He should be ashamed of himself, but he has no shame.

    Posted by: Tim S | Aug 16, 2012 9:45:34 AM

  15. Brown's lying liar lie-fest continues unabated. NOM, FRC, AFA et al are abominations to GLBT equality. Violence is not the answer but, hey, which groups involved in the response to this reprehensible shooting at FRC headquarters have instigated such actions for years?

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Aug 16, 2012 9:49:34 AM

  16. I tend to think of shooting people as more personally motivated and less politically motivated.

    Posted by: Yeek | Aug 16, 2012 9:51:59 AM

  17. Didn't we know the moment this was reported that some right-wing groups would want to hang it on "political" (read "gay agenda") motivations? Isn't it well known that xn activist groups have turned playing the martyr into a fine art? While it's sad that anyone should be injured, or feel justified to injure others, for these "causes," it strikes me as supremely ironic that we hear no comment from the right when 10 are killed or injured here, a dozen there, but when one person gets wounded near an FRC office, suddenly there's the claim of "political motivation." (And I'll take a moment to point out that the injured person, in this case, was a security guard paid and trained to do what he did, and we've no idea of that person's political leanings; we know only that he was working at this site.)

    I have not followed the story (FRC shooting) very closely, but I'm under the impression that investigators have not yet released any comment on the motivation of the shooter. Hence, Brian Brown has nothing but his own, probably twisted, speculation to spout.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Aug 16, 2012 10:07:33 AM

  18. Not a single gay person or gay spokesmen or gay organization or gay group has defended this shooting or the man who did the shooting. NOT a single LGBT organization has come out in his support. The biggest LGBT organizations in the country actually spoke against this mans act. It was an isolated event that doesnt reflect on all gays, to even suggest it does is homophobic. It be no different than saying OJ Simpson represents all black people.

    It's DISGUSTING that conservatives are taking this incident to paint themselves as martyrs. Revolting actually. But I'm not that surprised honestly. They have no boundaries. But we do need to call them out on their calculating martyr campaigns.

    Posted by: Austinite | Aug 16, 2012 10:10:17 AM

  19. Anyone else find it odd CNN gives equal if not more airtime to known anti gay hate groups than pro gay groups? Ever notice CNN usually has just the anti gay groups speaking in their segments? Usually not with a counter voice provided. Seriously, after Obama came out in support of gay marriage, CNN truly found every single anti gay individual, rounded em' all up and put them on camera... With each getting a segment, for days and days. I mean seriously now... I'm beggining to wonder with this network

    Posted by: Sheila | Aug 16, 2012 10:13:14 AM

  20. CNN wants to be Fox, but like a bad street whore they don't know how to tart up properly to be a mistress.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Aug 16, 2012 10:16:13 AM

  21. He couldn't have just been a nut with a gun, could he? Because we don't let crazy people have guns in this country, do we?

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 16, 2012 10:28:48 AM

  22. be very aware of this nonsense, folks.

    they can marginalize, demonize, vilify and direct prejudice and hatred toward us. we can be the victims of violence. beatings. bashings. murders. children thrown out of their homes. children abused by their parents. our youth killing themselves at a disproportionately high rate. all fueled by the spreading of lies and prejudicial propaganda by NOM and the FRC. which leads to violence and crimes. and that's FINE. F I N E.

    and then when one lone person acts alone and SNAPS and attacks "one of them" - it becomes a cause for alarm and a cry of victimhood.

    in what alternate dimension does this make any intellectual sense?

    what IS the ratio? 1 straight shoulder wound for every 3,000 dead gay children?

    a bullet into a heterosexual shoulder for every 20th trans person murdered?

    this is actually insulting beyond words.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 16, 2012 10:31:05 AM

  23. @KPO5, good point.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Aug 16, 2012 10:33:27 AM

  24. and while i don't like, nor advocate nor CONDONE violence (especially gun violence) this is the most pathetic and blatant example of the dishonesty of these right-wing bigots.

    this is literally a bully running up to a teacher at school and saying "this whole problem started when that f@ggot hit me back!"

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 16, 2012 10:41:33 AM

  25. "Everything points to the fact that this was politically motivated," he said. "Groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center which has labeled the Family Research Council, which is a mainstream group, a hate group. That sort of talk… is totally irresponsible and unacceptable and I think this incident makes that clear."

    Oh, just replace Family Research Council with KKK or Nazi or NOM...they're all "mainstream" groups in their little cliques. Not so much in the world at large or even reality.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Aug 16, 2012 10:52:14 AM

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