As prosecutors seek a lengthy prison term for Floyd Lee Corkins, the man who pled guilty to terrorism and armed assault in an August 15 attack on the Washington, D.C., office of the Family Research Council (FRC), the conservative Christian, pro-family FRC has released a video with clips that shows Corkins shooting building manager Leo Johnson in the aborted assault — and later telling FBI agents that information he gleaned from the Southern Poverty Law Center's (SPLC) website inspired the attack.
The SPLC is notorious for publishing lists that tag conservative and Christian groups with extremist and “anti-gay” hate labels and it is this latter designation that turned Corkins' malevolent attention to the FRC. The FRC video begins with a clip of the attack, which shows Corkins walking into FRC's lobby, approaching Johnson, pulling a gun, and firing on the FRC employee, who, although wounded in the attack, is seen subduing Corkins. In addition to the handgun, the backpack that Corkins carried contained a bag filled with Chick-fil-A sandwiches, which Corkins planned to use in his attack at the FRC building.
At the time of the attack Chick-fil-A was in the news for the principled stand its CEO had taken in defense of families and traditional marriage — and for a subsequent (and ongoing) attack the fast-food chain has weathered from pro-homosexual groups. Corkins told FBI investigators that “they [FRC] endorse Chick-fil-A and also Chick-fil-A came out against gay marriage, so I was going to use that as a statement.”
In the portion of the FBI interrogation video the FRC included with its own YouTube presentation, a pair of FBI agents are seen asking Corkins what prompted him to target the FRC in his attack. Corkins responds by telling the agents that the “Southern Poverty Law lists anti-gay groups. I found them online. I did a little bit of research, went to the website, stuff like that.”
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