Truth Wins Out: Tony Perkins ‘Cannot Be Allowed To Exploit’ FRC Shooting

FRCShootingFBITruth Wins Out this evening joined the Southern Poverty Law Center in condemning Family Research Council president Tony Perkins suggesting the SPLC which deems FRC a "hate group", deserves blame for suspect Floyd Corkins shooting a security guard at FRC's headquarters yesterday.

Rejecting Perkins' suggestion that his LGBT opponents bear some responsibility, TWO executive director Wayne Besen said in a statement that "the LGBT community knows all too well the devastating consequences of violence."

"Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people are harassed, threatened, intimidated, beaten, and killed on a daily basis in violent acts of hatred all over the world, simply because of who they are and who they love," he said. "That is why — yesterday, today, and every day — we stand squarely against violence in all its forms, because violence is never a way to resolve political differences or settle disputes."

"[Perkins] expressed appreciation for the LGBT community's swift repudiation of violence but asked us to go further and disavow FRC's hate-group designation. Truth Wins Out cannot do that," the equality activist insisted.

[FRC] says that gays are deviants and pedophiles, strongly promotes fraudulent 'pray-away-the-gay' therapy, calls for the imprisonment of gay people, and says that homosexuality is destructive to society. Perkins cannot be allowed to exploit the sympathy rightfully generated by this inexcusable crime to whitewash his group's ongoing anti-gay activities. If the FRC wants to stop being labeled a hate group, it must stop doing and saying hateful things.

TWO Director of Communications John Becker also rejected Perkins' perspective, saying that insisted that "yesterday's senseless act of violence does not exonerate the Family Research Council and other anti-gay hate groups from the decades they've spent slandering, demonizing, and actively lying about the LGBT community."

He went on, "The Southern Poverty Law Center – a venerable civil rights organization that monitors and documents extremism across the country – rightfully labeled the Family Research Council an anti-gay hate group because of its extensive history of spreading malicious, hateful falsehoods about gay people. FRC is not a hate group because of its public policy views, as Mr. Perkins has alleged. It is a hate group because it earned that designation."


  1. Martin says

    If the attempted murder of one security guard is the only instance of violence the Family Research Council has had to face for the thousands of suicides it has contributed to as a result of its deprecating and dehumanizing rhetoric, then I would say the Family Research Council is quite well-off.

    What did they expect hateful rhetoric to do?

  2. Mike says

    The antigay Christian haters will exploit all LGBT people and their allies any way they can. These antigay Christian haters have been plotting and planning for a long time now and they have infiltrators in the LGBT community. Their plan is to destroy all LGBT people any way they can and some of these antigay Christians are mad men like Hitler.

  3. Jean-Pierre Katz says

    I think FRC is very similar to the Nazi Party.

    But I condemn the violence and attempt to murder FRC members.

    Just like the Nazi Party FRC spreads lies about minority groups in order to harm them.

    I am reminded of the time a young Jew in Paris in 1939 was upset his parents and uncle were deported from Germany for being Jews. He killed the Nazi German ambassador.

    The Nazis exploited this as an excuse to unleash the Holocaust. They started by destroying all the synagogues in Germany and beating, often to death, thousands of innocent Jews.

    Violence always begets violence. But violently going after powerful hate groups with unlimited financial resources is both immoral and stupid.

  4. Brian says

    The problem is that no one will listen to our side of the story…only the side the shots were fired against. The FRC shooter may have set back our cause for equality by many years.

  5. Markus says

    As gay man that has been gay bashed (and the cops did nothing) discriminated against, humiliated, all with legal permission, I have a really very hard time blaming this guy for what he did.

    The straight, mostly male, and especially the religious right has sought our demise, and acted upon that wish every day of my life which is now 54 years and going.

    Their goal is to make certain that any person born gay lives a life of silent shame and they hope most ardently that this is rigid enough to trigger suicides. I often wonder how many deaths from AIDS were actually slow motion suicides. They believe that like them we have to conform, many of them are born gay yet play the role of husband, wife, father, mother, and how dare you enjoy freedom when they cannot? Don’t believe me? Go to CraigsList and see how many ads there are in m4m that want DL because they have a girlfriend, or say married.

    It is time for all people to be free to be who they are, and religion is the number one reason they are not. So no, I do not blame this man for losing it. How close we all have come.

    Start standing up for what is right. Even if it means we have to do to them what they have done to us all this time.

  6. blsilverlight says

    The shooting of innocent people should be condemned by everyone. This one repulsive act does not, however, let Tony Perkins and the FRC off the hook for years of contemptible behavior. The Southern Poverty Law Group does not condone violence, nor does it list groups as “hate groups” because of a difference of political opinion. FRC is not labeled as such because it is against same-sex a marriage, or because it believes in traditional family values. It is labeled as a hate group because is consistently spreads lies and false propaganda about LGBT people. It has called LGBT persons “pedophiles and child molesters”, has called homosexuality a mental disease, and support “ex-gay therapy” which has been found to be harmful and unsuccessful. They have been more than vocal about the fact that they not only don’t believe I have the right to be in a happy, loving relationship of my choosing, but they don’t believe I have the right to be. While I believe few groups deserve to be labeled as a hate group, they do. They may not call for violence, but they label me every day as a second class citizen who is sick and harmful and should have no rights, and they do it with lies.

  7. Didaskalos says

    Here’s what Cardinal Ratzinger said in his 1986 letter “On the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons“:

    10. It is deplorable that homosexual persons have been and are the object of violent malice in speech or in action. Such treatment deserves condemnation from the Church’s pastors wherever it occurs. It reveals a kind of disregard for others which endangers the most fundamental principles of a healthy society. The intrinsic dignity of each person must always be respected in word, in action and in law.

    But the proper reaction to crimes committed against homosexual persons should not be to claim that the homosexual condition is not disordered. When such a claim is made and when homosexual activity is consequently condoned, or when civil legislation is introduced to protect behavior to which no one has any conceivable right, neither the Church nor society at large should be surprised when other distorted notions and practices gain ground, and irrational and violent reactions increase.

    I will probably get in trouble for this, but surely we should be holding each other to a higher moral standard then simply shrugging, and saying we’re not surprised when irrational and violent reactions increase.

  8. Pete N SFO says

    AMEN! Thank you TWO for a spot-on, balanced statement.

    All national news reports call FRC a ‘conservative christian group’ and never mention their SPLC designation as a hate-group.

    Why are they so afraid to call a spade, a spade?!

  9. Randal Oulton says

    Meanwhile, today in Canada…. Rev. Gary Paterson emerged from a record field of 15 candidates to win the top job at Canada’s largest Protestant church, the United Church of Canada. He is believed to be the first openly gay person to head any mainstream church in the world.

  10. andrew says

    Of course Tony Perkins will exploit this morons evil deed at the FRC just like the left exploited the evil deeds of psycho killers at abortion clinics. That is the name of the game in politics. SPIN, SPIN, SPIN. Thats American politics.

  11. says

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  12. says

    If Christians are hated, it’s because they EARNED that hate, by BEING hateful.

    If “Christians” don’t like being hated, they need to speak up against their ilk that use hate on a daily basis to harm people.

    But they rarely do. Because they’re hypocrites and liars for the most part.

    I don’t hate ALL Christians; but they’re not making it easy not to.

  13. Robert K. says

    @Mike, I don’t know if this was what you meant by infiltrators, but I suspect that Floyd Corkins is not even gay. I know that this is conspiracy nut theorizing, but isn’t it possible that Corkins, either by himself or because he belongs to some right-wing hate group, pretended to be gay in order to get work at the gay center? Then the FRC shooting could be blamed on the “gay activist.”

  14. Trenton Gregory says

    This form of cure is life telling someone to cut off a nose to spite your face.Regardless of how motivated someone is a deep wound is cut to damage the person as a whole. If it was to beach the skin to be less black we must take care as sexual attraction is woven through the very coar of who someone is. Change can be made but the right to harm ones self to conform to popular opinion doesn’t reflect any true change. To take money for such is fraud.The price of lives lost is without measure.

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