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FRC's Tony Perkins Says SPLC 'Should Be Held Responsible' For Floyd Corkins' 'Domestic Terrorism': VIDEO


Like NOM's Brian Brown, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins is blaming the Southern Poverty Law Center for Floyd Corkins opening fire at his group's HQ yesterday.

"Floyd Corkins was given a license to shoot an unarmed man by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center that have been reckless in labeling organizations hate groups because they disagree with them on public policy," Perkins said on Fox News today. "I believe the Southern Poverty Law Center should be held responsible that is leading to intimidation of what the FBI has characterized as domestic terrorism."

Watch Perkins' remarks AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Well, that didn't take long...

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 16, 2012 4:30:54 PM

  2. Oh brother, they are running with this, aren't they. I want to punch Floyd Corkin in the face just for opening the door for FRC to blather about this for months.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Aug 16, 2012 4:31:09 PM

  3. "Floyd Corkins was given a license to shoot an unarmed man by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center that have been reckless in labeling organizations hate groups because they disagree with them on public policy," Perkins said on Fox News today. "I believe the Southern Poverty Law Center should be held responsible that is leading to intimidation of what the FBI has characterized as domestic terrorism."

    "(Random hate crime criminal) was given a license to (harm/kill) an unarmed LGBT man/woman by organizations like the FRC, NOM, etc., that have been reckless in publishing harmful, untrue claims about gay people."

    We can do that, too. Jerk.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Aug 16, 2012 4:32:02 PM

  4. Don't go there, Tony Perkins.

    Not after your irrational organization has demonized gay people for way too long.

    Don't even look down that road.

    Posted by: Esther Blodgett | Aug 16, 2012 4:35:26 PM

  5. I think Tony Perkins should take responsibility for this. No one would be that upset with him and his thugs if he didn't take every conceivable moment to rile people with his hate talk. Heil, Perkins! Nazism's great white hope.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Aug 16, 2012 4:36:37 PM

  6. Always the victim. What a pathetic person, making a living by inciting hate.

    Posted by: jht | Aug 16, 2012 4:39:39 PM

  7. i hope HRC and other major lgbt groups don't stand back and passively let FRC frame this conversation again.

    Posted by: jed | Aug 16, 2012 4:40:30 PM

  8. Fox News is going to milk this until the cow keels over from dehydration. Anything to distract from Romney and Ryan, and stir up homo-hatred (and self-hatred) in the tea partiers.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 16, 2012 4:41:28 PM

  9. One deranged gay man =/= hundreds of deranged conservatives (counting gay bashings/killings only)

    I'm with Jed, we can not let them frame this on their terms. Yes, we call them crazy and hateful, but we don't encourage physical retaliation. Ever. They do. Over and over again.

    Posted by: Cris | Aug 16, 2012 4:59:01 PM

  10. But it's OK for groups like NOM, FRC and others to say gays are representing the devil and Satan?

    Let's not forget, people, what the church did to the witches in Salem.

    Posted by: Greg | Aug 16, 2012 5:00:26 PM

  11. Am i the only one who thinks this is a weird attack? Why not blame the HRC, or any of the other pro-gay associations out there? SPLC is a very wide ranging group, not necessarily pro-gay but anti-bigotry. I don't know, what do you all think?

    Posted by: RandyOwen | Aug 16, 2012 5:05:09 PM

  12. FRC probably staged this. Tony Perkins will do anything to get his mug on TV.

    Posted by: C.J. | Aug 16, 2012 5:07:22 PM

  13. @JED DEFINITELY AGREE. If Perkins insists this was done because they were labeled a hate group, then I think the "leaders" of large gay orgs need to step up and shed light to the world about WHY they were labeled a hate group.

    If FRC wants a pity party for being labeled a hate group, let the American people find out exactly WHY.

    CNN did a great job in pushing back and showing the types of statements FRC has made that lead to them being categorized as a hate group.


    Posted by: Manny | Aug 16, 2012 5:07:36 PM

  14. It would seem to me that SPLC has an incredible door open to them to counter-charge the remarks.

    I look forward to that.---

    Posted by: anthony | Aug 16, 2012 5:09:24 PM

  15. Here is a list of all the statements FRC has made about the recent rash of murders of trans women in DC and attacks of gay men and lesbians in the same city as this shooting:

    (sound of crickets chirping)

    That's right, not a fracking word from FRC. A man is beaten in broad daylight 24 blocks from the FRC offices just because he's gay and the FRC does not denounce the violence.

    Perhaps if Tony and his buddies did not continue to demean, dehumanize, belittle and attack innocent LGBT Americans, they would not be labeled a hate group. And guess what Tony, even without the label from SPLC, your group has certainly done enough to cause an enormous amount of anger and resentment.

    BTW Tony, how's your old pal David Duke? Do you boys still stay in touch? (for those who don't know, Perkins was a Congressional staffer when he purchased Duke's mailing list after he gave up on obtaining public office. Then Perkins tried to cover up the purchase and got fined by the Federal Elections Commission, IIRC. Perkins has also spoken in front of White Citizens' Councils, claiming he did not know they were racist groups).

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | Aug 16, 2012 5:13:35 PM

  16. NO ONE gave this nut a "license" to shoot anyone, and 100% of gay and human rights groups have condemned the actions.

    FRC ***IS*** A HATE GROUP.

    That fact does not change, nor does it license people to commit violence. WHat a liar.

    @JED: I agree, as we saw with the Chik-Fil-A, we lost that one because the lying forces of the Christian right told the lie that it was about gays oppressing freedom of speech and religion. No, it was about protesting dollars being used to deny civil rights, but no matter. As Republicans know, the FIRST to define / frame the story wins. We need to be loud, and fast, with the truth.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Aug 16, 2012 5:14:41 PM

  17. There are very few objective and honest people on the American political stage, either left or right. Almost everyone spins every event that happens to their political advantage. In this case Flyod Corkins alone is responsible for his evil deed. So let the shameful spinners spin.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 16, 2012 5:24:52 PM

  18. As KP05 points out above, this is the very definition of irony: Brian Brown and Tony Perkins placing blame on the Southern Poverty Law Center for violence directed against the Family Research Council, when the FRC has encouraged, justified, and provoked who knows how much violence against gays through their reckless hate speech. Also, how self-blinkered can they be? Do they really believe that if Floyd Corkins wrongfully acted out of terribly misdirected political motives, he did do so not in reaction to the FRC's hate speech directed against gay and lesbian Americans, but because the Southern Poverty Law Center called out the FRC by labeling it as a hate group? Yeah, boys, it's all the fault of the SPLC, not the obvious consequence of your own persecutorial hate speech.

    Posted by: ajax2828 | Aug 16, 2012 5:38:25 PM

  19. Tony is quivering in his fundie boots because he knows the bullet was intended for his head.

    Posted by: Rick Roberts | Aug 16, 2012 5:44:11 PM

  20. "[Alleged suspect] was given a license to harm/kill homosexuals by groups/individuals/Corporations such as FRC,Michelle Bachman,Rick Santorum etc. that have been reckless in labeling gays as demons, murderers,child molesters,anti-christs etc. because they disagree with them on religious scripture". "I believe the Republican Party/FRC/NOM/Fox News/Rush Limbaugh/Sean Hannity and others should be held responsible for acts of intimidation in what the FBI has characterized as domestic terrorism."


    Domestic terrorism is the unlawful use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual based and operating entirely within the United States or Puerto Rico without foreign direction committed against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof in furtherance of political or social objectives.

    American religious "Patriots" are what's destroying America.

    Posted by: gb | Aug 16, 2012 5:46:45 PM

  21. This is the violence you've been advocating forever. Now that you see it, you want to blame someone else. It's YOUR fault this happened; this is what you wanted.

    It's like they say: be careful what you wish for; you just might get it.

    Posted by: Matt | Aug 16, 2012 5:51:58 PM

  22. NOTE TO PERKINS: Discrimination is NOT "public policy" nor is it a "culture war". Discrimination comes from a place of hatred. FRC is a hate group in words, deeds, and attitude.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Aug 16, 2012 5:52:02 PM

  23. CIA style propaganda, blame your enemy and make them the target not you when you are the guilty one. A lot like the closet gays pointing the finger at other people and saying they are gay when it is them the one who is pointing out the other person is gay, the fact is the person who is point it out is gay but in the closet trying to hide and fit in by doing what the antigay Christians do, point out the gays and make them look bad.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 16, 2012 5:55:07 PM

  24. The problem is that the mainstream press gives FRC every opportunity to appear on TV while counterpoint arguments are few and far between. If the press didn't elevate the FRC and NOM to such a high degree then Tony's allegations would be mute.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 16, 2012 5:55:57 PM

  25. toni purkitten and brian poopy pants would be no-name psudo-gangsters if it were not for the gay community. WE can decorate, do hair, cook fabulous meals, host elaborate dinner parties, write music/screen plays/novels, be great husbands, wives & parents...and now WE have the power to turn garbage into famous garbage.
    Are WE brilliant...or what !!!

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Aug 16, 2012 6:01:53 PM

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