There has been a shooting at the headquarters of the Family Research Council. One security guard has been wounded, and a suspect is in custody. The guard was shot in the arm, and has been reported as conscious and breathing. Tony Perkins, the head of the FRC, stated “The police are investigating this incident. Our first concern is with our colleague who was shot today. Our concern is for him and his family.”
The FRC is one of a dozen anti-gay, anti-woman hate groups pushing a radical Christian theocratic agenda upon the nation.
The FBI is also on the scene likely investigating this as a hate crime. One source is reporting that the suspect made statements about the FRC’s policies before opening fire.
Peter LaBarbera and Bryan Fischer have been trying to portray this as an anti-Christian hate crime already, and it may well be. LaBarbera is even dragging in blogger Joe Jarvis of Joe My God to attack:
A statement from LGR’s Managing Editor, Bridgette P. LaVictoire:
While the anti-gay establishment is already trying to spin this in order to make them seem like the victims. By and large, LGBT activists have followed the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr and Mahatma Gandhi with regards to violence. Unfortunately, there are those who will resort to violence. The LGBT Community relies upon facts and truth while combating the lies of the anti-gay establishment. The lies and propaganda that the anti-gay establishment uses has ended up with many of those groups being labeled as hate groups.
Unfortunately, hate begets hate, and violence begets violence. And while Joe Jarvis may not say it, the reality is that when hatred is all someone has to offer, violence will ensue, and reciprocal violence will begin. During the Black Civil Rights Movement, hatred and racism gave rise to both Martin Luther King Jr and to those who would use violence to achieve their ends. That violence came from both sides though it was not sanctioned by any of the leaders at the top. Forget not that every year there are hundreds of anti-gay murders and thousands of anti-gay hate crimes in the United States.
Bigotry begets bigotry, hatred begets hatred, and violence begets violence.
Undoubtably the LGBT Community can, and should, wish the guard a swift recovery and the sympathies and well wishes of the LGR staff go out to him. No matter what, violence is not the answer, and I sternly condemn the actions of this one person.