Family Research Council President Blames Left-Wing Groups for Shooting

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 16, 2012   |   4:11PM   |   Washington, DC

In his first interview following yesterday’s shooting at the Family Research Council, FRC president Tony Perkins talked about what happened. Perkins said left-wing groups calling FRC a hate group were wrong to have done so.

“Let me be very clear here that Floyd Corkins was responsible for the wounding of one of our colleagues and friends at the Family Research Council,” Perkins said. “But I believe he was given a license to do that by a group such as the Southern Poverty Law Center who labeled us a hate group because we defend the family and stand for traditional orthodox Christianity.”

“I think it’s time for people to realize what the Southern Poverty Law Center is doing with their reckless labeling of organizations they disagree with,” he said.
“We have had a number of civil conversations with those on the other side and the issues we work on. I appreciate them speaking out against such violence,” Perkins said. “There is no room for that in a society such as ours. If we want differences of opinions, that’s fine. But let’s get all the facts out on the table and debate the issues. Let’s not use intimidation or acts of terrorism to try and silence portions of our public.”