FRC President TONY PERKINS: When hate speech triggers hateful violence

Corkins admitted to the FBI that he identified the Family Research Council as a target through the Southern Poverty Law Center’s so-called “hate map.” Prosecutors later revealed in federal court this link between the center and this act of domestic terrorism. It is quite ironic that the Southern Poverty Law Center, the supposed authority on all things hateful, was linked in court to Corkins’ hateful attack on the Family Research Council.

This attack was truly hateful. Corkins’ stated intention was to kill as many staff members as possible and to smear Chick-fil-A sandwiches in their faces. This was not the rash action of an unstable mind. Corkins planned his attack in great detail and hoped for massive casualties. He purchased a gun and learned how to shoot it. He rehearsed the trip to the building, faking a reason for entering the lobby two days before the actual attack. As he admits, this crime was premeditated. Despite all of this, his crime has yet to be listed as an incident of hate on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website. More irony.