Friday, February 8, 2013

Terrorism in the name of tolerance

Floyd Lee Corkins II
Floyd Lee Corkins II pleaded guilty today to committing an act of terrorism while armed, interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition, and assault with intent to kill while armed, all in connection with  the shooting of Leo Johnson, the building manager at the Family Research Council, last August. Corkins, 28, had a list of four "anti-gay" PACs that he’d gotten from the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center and was planning to kill people at all four, smearing Chick-fil-A sandwiches on their faces, in order to intimidate gay-rights opponents.  Fortunately, his plan fell apart right away when Johnson wrestled him to the ground and took his weapon away, suffering a bullet wound in the process.

"In order to intimidate gay-rights opponents".  That's not me putting words in his mouth; that's what CNN reports that he told judge Richard Roberts.

If you felt your buttocks clench and you became very, very defensive, just think of how we feel when people try to make the wingnuts at Westboro Baptist our "representatives".  Consider what pro-life people feel when hardcore pro-aborts make us responsible for the terrorists who bomb clinics.  What's sauce for the goose ....

On his nightly radio show on Wednesday, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins mentioned the plea deal and accused the Southern Poverty Law Center of playing a role in the shooting by inciting hatred and violence rather than fighting it — a claim he has repeatedly made since the shooting.
"The Southern Poverty Law Center is dangerous.  They are inciting hatred, and in this case a clear connection to violence," he said on the radio broadcast.  "They need to be held accountable, and they need to be stopped before people are killed because of their reckless labeling and advocacy for homosexuality and their anti-Christian stance."
A spokeswoman for the center declined to comment on the plea deal or the research council's comments, but referred to a statement from the organization last year, standing by its designation of the Family Research Council as a "hate group."
"As people who care about human dignity, we have a moral obligation to call out the FRC for its demonizing lies and incendiary rhetoric about the LGBT community," the statement said.  "The fact that we list the FRC as a hate group because of its demonizing propaganda does not make us the hateful one.  Spreading demonizing lies is what is dangerous, not exposing them."  [Or, as we used to say when I was a kid: "I know you are, but what am I!?"]

To quote Miracle Max, "Are you a rotten liar!"  Of course calling the FRC a "hate group" is demonizing and dangerous!  Why pretend any different? 

The whole point of calling your opponents a "hate group" is to get people to hate them, to stop listening to them, to run them out of the public square.  There's nothing remotely tolerant or charitable about it; certainly there's no real concern for truth per se ... only for the dogmatic pillars of the Preferred Narrative.  Demagogues win by making their opponents the Enemy of the People, evil tyrants and oppressors not fit for human company. 

And if, as a result of your inciting the masses, some of your followers are convinced the Enemies of the People must die ... what of it?  After all, they're a "hate group", and need to be eliminated so the Forward March of the Glorious Progressive Society can triumph, n'est-ce pas?

Corkins is not, I insist, representative of pro-gay activists or the LGBT lobby, any more than clinic bombers are representative of the pro-life movement.  But the SPLC is representative of the Orwellian hypocrisy of "progressives": Tolerance is only a virtue when it serves their purposes.