Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Southern Poverty Law Center website inspired a hate crime

The Clarion Ledger reports on the guilty plea
Floyd Corkins II, 28, acknowledged in a plea agreement that he intended to kill as many people as possible during the August shooting at the Family Research Council. [Emph. added]
How did he come to the idea of killing people at the Family Research Council?
In his plea agreement, Corkins acknowledged he identified the Council as "an anti-gay organization" by visiting Southern Poverty [Law Center]'s website.[Emph. added]
 The SPLC doesn't just attack supporters of traditional marriage.  It also has labeled the Tea Party movement as racist.  The SPLC writes:
Now, there is new evidence that race is playing a part in the Tea Party movement as well, even as it begins to claim some real political power.
The SPLC lent support to the absurd claim that opposition to nationalized health insurance was based on Obama's race.

The SPLC also brands those who believe that immigration laws should be obeyed as "nativist extremists."

The SPLC cannot be blamed for Corkins' homicidal intentions.  The hate that it indiscriminately spews does, however, encourage it.  It is not clear whether the SPLC was ever a legitimate civil rights organization.  It certainly isn't now.

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