It’s cold comfort when a hate group masquerading as a “hatewatch” group is surreptitiously shunned by a federal agency. But in 2014 America, it’s a rare treat when facts and logic win out.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has labeled several Washington, D.C.-based family organizations as “hate groups” for favoring traditional marriage, has been dumped as a “resource” on the FBI’s Hate Crime Web page, a significant rejection of the influential legal group.
The Web page scrubbing, which also included eliminating the Anti-Defamation League, was not announced and came in the last month after 15 family groups pressed Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director James Comey to stop endorsing a group — SPLC — that inspired a recent case of domestic terrorism at the Family Research Council.
That act of domestic terrorism was committed by gay-rights activist Floyd Lee Corkins. In August 2012, fresh from the media firestorm over Chick-fil-A and gay marriage, Corkins located the Family Research Council’s Washington, DC headquarters on the SPLC’s “Hate Map,” filled a backpack with a bunch of Chick-fil-A sandwiches, a pistol, and 100 rounds of ammunition, and went there planning to kill everyone and smear the sandwiches in their dying faces.
His plot was foiled by a brave security guard named Leo Johnson:
Here’s the map Corkins told the FBI about. The one he used to plan his attempted mass-murder:
Note: This was a politically motivated shooting, directly inspired by a well-funded, highly visible political organization. And yet the national media turned a blind eye, because there was no way to connect Corkins to the Tea Party. Because there was no way to blame Palin. Because the FRC expresses opinions that our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters don’t like.
Because it’s not hate when they preach it.
Good call, FBI. That is, assuming this isn’t just a technical glitch.
(Hat tip: Glenn Reynolds)