FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cindy Roberts
August 16, 2012
Statement on the FRC Shooting
We are thankful to God for His gracious hand of protection over the staff
of our good friends at the Family Research Council. We applaud security guard
Leo Johnson for his heroism and are likewise grateful that he will recover
from his wounds.
However, this near-tragic incident marks an alarming turn in our cultural
battle over values. The left’s war on religion and Christianity has now gone
from symbolic to literal.
As conservatives, we believe that public policy disputes should be resolved
through the use of ballots, not bullets, through votes, not violence, through
reason, not rage.
Yesterday’s shooter, who was a homosexual activist who volunteered at a D.C.
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community center, took the argument
to a whole new and ugly level.
Disagreement is not hatred. We don’t hate anyone. In fact, we love
homosexuals enough to tell them the truth about the risks involved in their
lifestyle choices. But for those who hate the truth, the truth will seem to
We acknowledge the many homosexual activist groups who issued a statement
condemning yesterday’s violence, and we commend them for doing so.
However, the Southern Poverty Law Center must be called to account. The SPLC
argues incessantly that the use of inflammatory and incendiary language when
talking about homosexuality promotes violence, and is quick to blame FRC and
other organizations such as AFA for every act of violence they possibly can.
Yet the SPLC has consistently used dangerously misguided language in classifying
the Family Research Council- with absolutely no foundation- as a “hate”
group. They have repeatedly and without cause demonized FRC, and have spent
years stirring up anger in the homosexual community and directing that anger
toward an organization whose only crime is to promote and defend the classic
American values of faith, family and freedom.
Thus according to SPLC’s own standards, it is the SPLC that is to blame for
We at AFA are blaming the shooter. He must be prosecuted to the full extent
of the law for endangering the lives of so many innocent Americans. The AP is
reporting that he had a box of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches in
his backpack, raising the possibility that he intended to leave a Chick-fil-A
calling card with each of his victims.
But the SPLC, by their own hateful and malicious rhetoric against FRC and
AFA, has essentially claimed responsibility for this shooting, and they too
should be held to account in the court of public opinion.
SPLC claims it only lists organizations as “hate groups” if they engage in
the “propagation of known falsehoods” about homosexuality. But the SPLC
website itself lists numerous falsehoods about homosexuality. For instance,
the SPLC says, without a single shred of proof, that homosexuals are born
that way, that it is impossible to leave the gay lifestyle, and that
homosexuals are not at elevated risks of depression, anxiety and substance
In other words, if propagating known falsehoods about homosexuality qualifies
an organization, then SPLC belongs on its own list.
We call on SPLC to explicitly and publicly condemn the motives of yesterday’s
shooter, and to remove both FRC and AFA from its hate group list.
American Family Association is a pro-family advocacy
organization with over 2.5 million online supporters.
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