Traditional Values Coalition: FRC Shooter Was Carrying Our Address When Arrested
The head of the Traditional Values Coalition, an anti-gay group that is equally as vile as the FRC, is claiming that shooter Floyd Corkins was arrested while carrying their address.
“Clearly we need added protection after this. My understanding is we were the next target,” says Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition. Traditional Values Coalition is located in the 100 block of C Street in southeast D.C. “It is frightening to be, to know that you are probably the next person on the list to be shot,” Lafferty says. “I am concerned for my staff.”
Traditional Values Coalition President Andrea Lafferty said FBI agents visited her group’s Capitol Hill offices hours after the Wednesday morning shooting as part of their investigation. The next day, she said, members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force came by and confirmed that “our information was in his pocket,” including the location of the group’s offices. “I was stunned,” Lafferty told The Associated Press, adding that she believes her group may have been targeted. It wasn’t immediately clear if that was the case. An FBI representative could not be immediately reached for comment late Friday.
As Lafferty notes in the NPR article, her group has been on the SPLC’s hate list for much longer than the FRC, which was added in 2010. Lafferty claims she’s gotten no response to requests for federal protection: “Under this Justice Department, Christians are a very low priority on their lists of concerns.” RELATED: The SPLC provides some background on Lafferty and the group’s founder, her father Lou Sheldon.
The group has at times enjoyed remarkable access to the halls of power — during the George W. Bush Administration, Sheldon and Lafferty visited the White House a combined 69 times, meeting personally with Bush in eight of the visits. But that does not mean that it has not long had a record of extreme gay-bashing. In 1985, Sheldon suggested forcing AIDS victims into “cities of refuge.” In 1992, columnist Jimmy Breslin said that Sheldon told him that “homosexuals are dangerous. They proselytize. They come to the door, and if your son answers and nobody is there to stop it, they grab the son and run off with him. They steal him. They take him away and turn him into a homosexual.” Sheldon later denied that he made the comments, but his website today includes strikingly similar language: “[S]ince homosexuals can’t reproduce, they will simply go after your children for seduction and conversion to homosexuality.” Elsewhere, it claims that “[t]he effort to push adult/child sex … is part of the overall homosexual movement.”
Last year the Traditional Values Coalition claimed that the passage of the federal Hate Crimes Act had literally outlawed Christianity in the United States. They then sent fundraising flyers to horrified seniors and raised buckets of money on that ridiculous lie.
WASHINGTON D. C.: Shooting At Hate Group’s Headquarters, Family Research Council
ABC News reports:
A security guard at a conservative Christian lobbying group housed in a busy downtown Washington office building was shot and injured late Wednesday morning, police say. The shooting took place either near or at the offices of the Family Research Council, which is located at 801 G Street, about a block west of the Verizon Center. The guard, who was shot in the arm, was conscious and breathing after the incident. A suspect, who ABC 7’s Jennifer Donelan reports was led out of the building in handcuffs, is in custody. In a statement posted to their website, FRC President Tony Perkins said one of the victims worked with the organization. “The police are investigating this incident,” Perkins said in a statement. “Our first concern is with our colleague who was shot today. Our concern is for him and his family.” The Associated Press identifies the FRC as a “conservative Christian lobbying group.” On its website, the group says it advocates “faith, family and freedom in public policy and public opinion.” Authorities have closed the 800 block of G Street NW in both directions while the investigation continues. Donelan reports that FBI officials are on the scene.
UPDATE: Fox News (personally I don’t believe this claim, but we’ll see) is reporting that the shooter denounced the FRC before firing.
The suspect “made statements regarding their policies, and then opened fire with a gun striking a security guard,” a source told Fox News. Authorities were treating the attack as a case of domestic terrorism. The FRC is a conservative nonprofit that seeks to advance “faith, family and freedom in public policy and public opinion,” according to its website. The group weighs in on policy, and has often sent representatives to Congress to weigh in on the social effects of policy matters.
RELATED: “Moron Of The Week” Inductee Bryan Fischer blames The Southern Poverty Law Center for the shooting:
If SPLC is right, that using irresponsible language re: homosexuality causes violence, then they to blame for FRC shooting.
RELATED: The Southern Poverty Law Center made the following statement on their website:
We’ve seen news of the shooting of a security guard today at the Family Research Council office in Washington, D.C., and are getting media inquiries about it. There are unconfirmed reports that the shooting was ideologically motivated. We condemn all acts of violence and are following the story closely.
Porn entrepreneur and Advocate columnist Michael Lucas calls out the Left for blaming the Giffords assassination attempt on right wing rhetoric.
Not that Michael Lucas is not entitle to his opinion. But since when it matters what a Porn Star has to say about politics? What kind of criteria he has in order to criticize what educated & informed anchors of MSNBC do or say. Why would Michael Lucas tell them how to do their job? They don’t go to his film studios and take the dicks out of his mouth. There, I’ve said it.
ARIZONA: Activists Work To Shield Funeral Attendees From Westboro Protests
Also, according to The Advocate, Arizona’s Governor Brewer just signed a law that bans The Westboro Baptist Church from showing up in a range of 300 feet from the funerals. And in a juicy note, the bill was introduce by a bisexual legislator Krysten Sinema.
Think Progress reports that Jewish groups are denouncingSarah Palin’s usage of the term “blood libel.” As most of you doubtlessly know, “blood libel” refers to the anti-Semitic claim that Jews use the blood of Christian babies to make matzoh. Such claims have been used to murder hundreds of Jews.
From the Jewish lobbying group, J Street:
J Street is saddened by Governor Palin’s use of the term “blood libel.” The country’s attention is rightfully focused on the memorial service for the victims of Saturday’s shooting. Our prayers continue to be with those who are still fighting to recover and the families of the victims. The last thing the country needs now is for the rhetoric in the wake of this tragedy to return to where it was before. We hope that Governor Palin will recognize, when it is brought to her attention, that the term “blood libel” brings back painful echoes of a very dark time in our communal history when Jews were falsely accused of committing heinous deeds.
From the National Jewish Democratic Council:
Instead of dialing down the rhetoric at this difficult moment, Sarah Palin chose to accuse others trying to sort out the meaning of this tragedy of somehow engaging in a “blood libel” against her and others. This is of course a particularly heinous term for American Jews, given that the repeated fiction of blood libels are directly responsible for the murder of so many Jews across centuries—and given that blood libels are so directly intertwined with deeply ingrained anti-Semitism around the globe, even today.
Most are noting that Palin’s claim is especially offensive considering that Rep. Giffords is Jewish.
She can’t get herself out of trouble yet when she gets herself again in more trouble. Lovely.
“No organization anywhere in the world is a more devoted advocate of free speech than WikiLeaks but when senior politicians and attention-seeking media commentators call for specific individuals or groups of people to be killed, they should be charged with incitement — to murder,… We call on US authorities and others to protect the rule of law by aggressively investigating these and similar incitements to kill. A civil nation of laws cannot have prominent members of society constantly calling for the murder and assassination of other individuals or groups.”
(Founder of WikiLeaks) talking about the shooting in Arizona.
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