The Family Research Council has released footage of the FBI questioning Floyd Corkins, the shooter who targeted the organization last year. In this footage, Corkins says that he saw FRC listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Translation by FRC and its supporters will be that SPLC led Corkins to go on his attempted murder spree.
Rumor control has it that FRC president Tony Perkins will appear on Fox News with Megyn Kelly on Friday to talk about this footage. Knowing Fox News, Kelly, and Perkins, it will be a biased, propaganda interview in which Perkins will do his best to attack SPLC for the actions of Corkins. I will be highly surprised if someone from SPLC will be invited to come on the show and defend the organization from this barrage of propaganda.
While I am glad that no one was seriously harmed by Corkins’s absolutely stupid attempt at activism, the one thing which will also drive me crazy is how Kelly and Perkins will work together to change the subject of the issue and divert attention away from the fact that SPLC didn’t start this entire mess. The anti-gay propaganda and the demonizing homophobic rhetoric of FRC had much to do with this mess. And I think that any conversation about the shooting must include the images and messages of FRC homphobia in the above video. Please pass it along.