DC shooting spurs debate: do pro-marriage organizations deserve the “hate group” label?

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By Jordy Yager. The shooting of a security guard Wednesday at the Family Research Council (FRC) has spurred a torrent of heated accusations from both sides of the gay-rights debate about claims that the conservative organization is a “hate group.”

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), one of the nation’s leading opponents of same-sex marriage, told The Hill the shooting was a direct result of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s decision in 2010 to place the FRC on its list of hate groups for its rhetoric on gays.

Brian Brown, the president of NOM, pointed to a recent blog post by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), one of the largest gay-rights groups in the country. The post, “Paul Ryan Speaking at Hate Group’s Annual Conference,” called attention to the vice presidential candidate’s scheduled appearance at the FRC’s national summit next month.

“Today’s attack is the clearest sign we’ve seen that labeling pro-marriage groups as ‘hateful’ must end,” Brown said in a statement issued following the shooting.

“For too long national gay-rights groups have intentionally marginalized and ostracized pro-marriage groups and individuals by labeling them as ‘hateful’ and ‘bigoted.’” Read more from this story HERE.

Despite the DC shooting and ensuing debate, Obama remains silent

By Penny Starr. As of mid-morning Thursday, President Barack Obama had not yet commented publicly or released an official statement reacting to Wednesday’s shooting of a security guard at the Family Research Council’s Washington, D.C., office.

The only response from the Obama administration came from White House spokesman Jay Carney, as relayed to the public through the White House correspondents’ pool report:

The pool report noted that President Obama, traveling in Iowa, was informed of the 10:45 a.m. shooting several hours later.

Carney said the president expressed his concern for the individual as well as the belief that “this type of violence has no place in our society.”

It is unclear from the pool report whether Carney was directly quoting the president or if the words were Carney’s own.  Read more from this story HERE.

  • It seems funny to me that whenever a group opposes the liberal agenda, they are immediately labeled as racists, hate groups, murderers and you name it. I guess they didn’t get the message in the 2010 election or the Chick Fil A day? There are more of us conservatives out there and we are finally deciding to speak up.

  • don

    You are correct Gloria, the more violence and terrorist activities by the democrats just gives obama more power to set up his excuse to use martial law, when he thinks he has lost the election even with voter fraud. I will let you know now that this administrations several departments have recently ordered millions of hollow bullets to be distributed to the departments. Is it to put down the legal patriotic Americans that will eventually reject his marxist czars, and his attempt to take complete control of the government. He has almost all of the pieces in place. Is the so called supreme court going to stop him (look at its last several rulings. Congress has been neutered by his executive orders, and it’s control by democrats and rinos in the Senate. They do not care about the 2010 elections, as they are still reaching for their utopian power. How can so many democrats in congress get to be multi millionaires. Look at their corrupted benefits, and insider trading deals. Obama wants to be the first black top dog. How can so many democrat millionaires give money to a marxist intent on destroying their own business.