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The DOJ Should Stop Endorsing the SPLC

Sentencing for left-wing domestic terrorist, Floyd Corkins was scheduled for today, but it's been postponed to July 15 so defense attorneys can get his probation records. 

In the meantime, the Washington Examiner is calling for the Justice Department to disengage with the SPLC, a "richly endowed group" that "viciously slanders" groups it doesn't like.

On Feb 26, Corkins pled guilty to three felonies, "including interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition, assault with intent to kill while armed, and committing an act of terrorism while armed." 

 Corkins will forever be known for entering the Family Research Council's Washington headquarters on Aug. 15, 2012, and firing three shots before being subdued by a wounded security guard. He had planned to kill as many people as possible, then smear their faces with the 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches he brought along for the occasion. Why? He told federal investigators that he wanted to "make a statement against the people who work in that building ... and with their stance against gay rights and Chick-fil-A."

Corkins found his targets at the Southern Poverty Law Center website, where they were labeled "hate groups" for being "anti-gay".

 "the SPLC put the FRC on its list of 'anti-gay' organizations in 2010, and the SPLC's 'Hate Map' page, whose banner displays men in Nazi-style helmets giving Sieg Heil salutes, lists the FRC among 14 hate groups headquartered in the District of Columbia." That said, SPLC can no more be held responsible for Corkins' crimes than Sarah Palin can for Jared Loughner's murder of six people and wounding of Rep. Gabby Giffords in Arizona.

I'd like to take issue with one minor point, there. While I agree that the responsibility for Corkins crimes fall entirely on Corkins' own shoulders, I don't like the comparison of this situation to the Sarah Palin/Jared Loughner situation, which was completely manufactured by the left. There never was a Sarah Palin/Jared Loughner linkage.  Loughner was motivated by the voices in his head and his obsession with government grammar and mind control - not Sarah Palin's campaign map.

The SPLC, on the other hand,  is directly tied to a left-wing terrorist attack on the Family Research Council because they targeted them on a map and labeled them a “hate group” due to their traditional views on marriage and family.

That said, I agree 100% with the Washington Examiner's call for the DOJ to investigate the SPLC for consumer fraud, rather than promote them at various events throughout the country.


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