Remember back when Sarah Palin was skewered as responsible for the shooting of Gabby Giffords because she placed a target symbol on her district during the previous election cycle -- despite the fact that the deranged shooter had never seen the map and was in no way motivated by anything related to Palin or her beliefs? Well, I assume that those who laid the blame at the former Alaska governor's feet for that event will label the Southern Poverty Law Center as responsible for this incident of politically motivated terrorism which was committed by Floyd Lee Corkins II, a fellow left-wing ideologue, using resources from the SPLC to select his target.
A detail sure to reignite the culture wars that erupted around the shooting is the fact that Corkins told FBI agents that he identified the Family Research Council as anti-gay on the Web site of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The day after the shooting, Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, suggested that the center’s labeling of the organization as a hate group had given Corkins a “license to perpetrate this act of violence.” On Wednesday, Perkins said the revelation had validated his earlier comments.
Of course, the SPLC continues to justify its labeling of the FRC as a hate group and denies any responsibility for the actions of the domestic terrorist they aided. But this points to the sort of mindless violence that the hard-Left organization encourages when it labels any dissent from its approved positions on controversial political issues as "hate" and organizations opposed to its agenda as "hate groups". After all, the FRC is not the KKK -- it is a mainstream organization promoting social conservative stands on social and political issues. But to highly paid professional Leftists like those who run the SPLC, that is sufficient to get Americans lumped in with neo-Nazis and racial supremacists.
Interestingly enough, the US government has no interest in pursuing the link between the targeting of mainstream political organization by left-wing ideologues -- indeed, the Justice Department is closely associated with the SPLC -- but does want to use this incident to attack the Second Amendment rights of Americans. I guess those who engage in politically correct hate speech supported by the Obama Regime, one gets a pass on involvement withe domestic terrorism, while innocent law-abiding citizens get the shaft.