The DC Terrorist says he decided to target the Family Research Council after reading the Southern Poverty Law Center’s incendiary rhetoric demonizing the group.
The first person to be convicted under Washington DC’s 2002 anti-terrorism law admits he was inspired to attack a conservative Christian lobbying group as a result of Southern Poverty Law Center propaganda identifying the Family Research Council as “an anti-gay organization”.
“The man who opened fire at a Washington, DC, conservative values organization’s offices in the District last August — severely wounding a security guard, pleaded guilty to one terrorism charge and five other felonies on Feb. 6, becoming the first person to be convicted under the District’s anti-terror law,” reports Government Security News.
28-year-old Floyd Lee Corkins could face 70 years in prison as a result of the shooting, which was planned as a response to fast food chain Chick-fil-A’s public support for “the traditional family,” which many leftists saw as an affront to gay rights.
Carrying 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches, Corkins intended to storm the Washington headquarters of the Christian group, kill as many people as possible, and smear victims’ faces with the sandwiches in order to, “make a statement against the people who work in that building … and with their stance against gay rights and Chick-fil-A,” he admitted yesterday.
Corkins tricked his way into the building before shooting security guard Leonardo Johnson in the arm. Johnson was able to wrestle the gun away from Corkins before calling police.
Corkins admitted that he had considered making a bomb and had made a list of other organizations which oppose gay marriage.
“In his plea agreement, Corkins acknowledged he identified the Council as “an anti-gay organization” by visiting Southern Poverty’s website,” reports the Associated Press. “The head of the Council, Tony Perkins, called on the group to stop labeling his organization and others hate groups because of their stance on gay issues. A spokeswoman for the Alabama-based Law Center did not immediately return a telephone message.”
Groups like the SPLC routinely demonize conservative political activists as violent right-wing extremists. The fact that a left-wing extremist used the group’s material as an inspiration for plotting an act of terrorism is chillingly ironic.
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