The far-left Southern Poverty Law Center, tax-funded abortion behemoth Planned Parenthood, and even the federal government are under fire for wild rhetoric and vicious hate-mongering that many conservatives and even some establishment analysts believe may have contributed to Wednesday’s shooting in Washington, D.C., by deranged homosexual activist Floyd Corkins. Some experts expect to see more similar violence in the future if the hostile climate is not addressed.
On August 15, the alleged would-be mass murderer walked into the lobby of the conservative-leaning Family Research Council, apparently intending to slaughter innocent people who simply disagreed with his views on homosexuality. Before shooting a security guard and being subdued, police say Corkins, who was carrying extra ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches, told him something along the lines of "I don't like your politics."
In the wake of the incident, FRC president Tony Perkins (pictured) and other conservative leaders acknowledged that the shooter himself was responsible for his actions — unlike collectivist extremists, who consistently seek to blame acts of violence on their political foes rather than individual criminals. However, Perkins and even some establishment pundits like Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank had to point out the obvious: The vitriolic rhetoric used to slander conservatives by groups like the SPLC and the tax-funded abortion giant Planned Parenthood is out of control.
For years, the SPLC and its allies have been whipping up a hysterical frenzy of hate aimed at ideological opponents. The Alabama-based outfit regularly accuses pro-family organizations and churches that support the traditional definition of marriage, for example, of being so-called “hate” groups. It even lumps them together with true purveyors of hate like white supremacists and National Socialists (Nazis) for added effect.
Whenever there is violence that might in any way be linked to right-of-center political beliefs — no matter how implausibly — the group is at the forefront of spreading disinformation aimed at silencing and demonizing its opponents. With the help of biased establishment media outlets — disgraced ABC reporter Brian Ross erroneously linked the Tea Party to the Colorado shooting recently, for example — the SPLC regularly seeks to paint conservatives, libertarians, and Christians as potentially violent extremists.
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