Oh, what is this I don’t even.
Whose fault is it that Floyd Corkins went to the FRC building and opened fire? According to radio host Janet Mefferd and her latest guest Peter LaBarbera, it’s the Human Rights Campaign’s fault for telling people what the Family Research Council has said about LGBT people.
I was reading through for example what the Human Rights Campaign had posted the day before the shooting and they had a whole list there that was very inflammatory about the Family Research Council, ‘they want to export homosexuals from the US’ and ‘they equate homosexuals with pedophiles’ and all this stuff. I thought: if you were somewhat of an unstable person and you read this sort of stuff and you were in line with what they believe I think it could drive somebody to violence. So we’re back to the question of, to what degree should there be public pressure on some of these gay rights organizations to tone it down?
If we’re going to blame HRC for inciting an unstable person to commit a violent act, then…how is FRC not at fault? They are the ones who took those positions in the first place. If HRC reports on things that FRC has actually said about LGBTs, and that information pushes some violent nutjob like Floyd Corkins to put bullet holes in FRC’s building, then it won’t help much if HRC tones it down. It would probably help a lot more if FRC toned down their lying, hateful rhetoric about gays. It’s not like they were expecting to be ignored and invisible before HRC went and pointed out things they said. FRC expects to be heard on these issues. HRC posting articles about FRC’s actual words and actions regarding LGBTs means that they are being heard on the issues and their words are being disseminated to a wider audience. That the audience is not in agreement with FRC does not mean that HRC needs to tone it down.
I was prepared to blame Floyd Corkins for the shooting, personally, but at the same time, FRC isn’t really the victim. Leonardo Reno Johnson is the victim. He’s the one who deserves our sympathy.