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Hate Crimes and Lefty Double Standards

Aug 16, 2012

Take the loony left, a biased media, and a baloney legal concept such as hate crimes, and you have a recipe for real trouble. I have written before about the dangers of hate crime legislation. Not only is the very concept flawed, but the problem of fake or hoax hate crimes continues to worsen and proliferate. See here, eg.,

www.billmuehlenberg.com/2007/05/02/the-trouble-with-hate-crime-legislation/

billmuehlenberg.com/2007/05/03/fake-hate-crimes/

Hate crimes are of course the invention of the secular left, especially the homosexual activists. In their books, anyone who disagrees with their agenda is guilty of hate, and that should be punished by law. It is simply a means by which the coercive utopians seek to stifle all dissent and silence all critics.

But let’s suppose for the moment that such a beast in fact exists. If anything, if there are hate crimes, they seem to be coming from the militants. I have documented how the leftist activists engage in hateful activities on a regular basis.

And it appears we have another clear case of this, yet as usual the MSM is basically remaining silent about it. A person has just been shot at a conservative pro-family organisation in Washington. It looks like it was motivated by hate all right, but the MSM is playing the whole thing down.

The story goes like this: “A security guard at the Family Research Council’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. is being hailed as a hero after he stopped a gunman posing as an intern, taking a bullet in the arm before wrestling the suspect to the ground.

“The gunman, identified as 28-year-old Floyd Lee Corkins II, entered the lobby of the organization’s Chinatown headquarters around 10:45 a.m. and expressed disagreement with the conservative group’s policy positions, sources tell Fox News. When the guard asked him where he was going, he opened fire, according to police. ‘The security guard here is a hero, as far as I’m concerned,’ D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said. ‘He did his job. The person never made it past the front.’

“The guard, Leo Johnson, was shot in the arm and was conscious after the shooting and in stable condition. Corkins was being questioned by the FBI, sources said. Sources said he lives in Herndon, Va. The suspect ‘made statements regarding their policies, and then opened fire with a gun striking a security guard,’ a source told Fox News. Sources also said the gunman may have been carrying a bag from Chick-fil-A, the embattled fast-food restaurant whose president came under fire from gay activists after he said he did not agree with same-sex marriage.”

Another news source adds this vital piece of information: “A man suspected of shooting and wounding a security guard in the lobby of a Christian lobbying group had been volunteering at a community center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

“A law enforcement official has identified the suspect arrested in Wednesday’s shooting as Floyd Corkins II of Herndon, Va. Investigators were interviewing his neighbors. Another official says the shooter made a negative reference about the work of the Family Research Council before opening fire.”

Hmmm, so someone who has associations with the homosexual community shoots a pro-marriage and pro-family fellow. Just a coincidence? No hate involved? Simply turn the story around: someone who has associations with a Christian pro-marriage and pro-family group shoots a fellow in the homosexual community.

The latter story would be front page news in the New York Times, Washington Post, and every MSM TV station, radio network and newspaper in not only America but the Western world. “HOMOPHOBIC HATE CRIME” the headlines would shout.

But being the other way around, the story hardly gets a mention, and if it does, the homosexual element is left out altogether, and the very concept of a hate crime never gets a mention. As Daniel Horowitz rightly writes: “Amidst the immediate aftermath of last year’s shooting in Tucson, Arizona and this year’s massacre in Aurora, Colorado, some liberal media figures attempted to pin the violence on ‘right wing extremists,’ the Tea Party, and even Sarah Palin.

“This, despite the fact that it was clear within a few hours of both attacks that the shooters were deranged and had no coherent political motive. Then, when the labeling failed to stick, they blamed the attacks on our ‘loose gun laws’ put in place by conservatives.

“Today, a gunman entered the building that houses the Family Research Council in Washington and attempted to gun down those working there. Thanks to the heroic actions of the security guard, Leo Johnson, the suspect was apprehended with nobody else hurt except for himself.  Leo was shot in the arm before he tackled the suspect.

“Here’s what we know about the attack at present. A 28-year old man reportedly named Floyd Corkins II, who volunteered at some homosexual/transgendered community center, entered the office building of the most prominent social conservative organization; he was carrying a Chick-Fil-A bag; and Fox News reports that he said the following after the security guard apprehended him: ‘Don’t shoot me, it was not about you, it was what this place stands for.’

“How do you think the media would react if someone walked into the most prominent gay rights political organization with a Ben and Jerry’s bag (to make a statement) and said ‘Don’t shoot me, it was not about you, it was what this place stands for?’  It would be headline news for a week and there would be calls to tamp down conservative political speech and activities.  Yet, in this case, there is barely any reporting on the incident outside of Fox News and conservative media outlets.

“Unlike in previous shootings, this one was clearly motivated, in part, by political convictions.  Will anyone blame the Democrat politicians and media for stirring up hatred towards Chick-Fil-A and clearly inspiring this shooter to some extent?  Will anyone blame the extremist defamatory Southern Poverty Law[less] Center for recently labeling FRC as a hate group?  Just today, a gay rights website (I won’t link to it) posted the names of those who signed the Maryland marriage referendum petition along with their addresses.  In light of the vitriolic behavior of the homosexual mafia, should we have reason for concern? These are the questions the media would be asking if the shoe were on the other foot.”

Exactly right. If there is such a thing as a hate crime, this sure looks like one to me. But you won’t hear a peep out of the MSM on all this. Do we really need any further proof of just how blatantly biased the MSM is, and how liberal “logic” actually works?

Ann Coulter got it right when she said a few years back: “Liberals supported free speech until they realized, years later, how bad speech is for them and began demanding hate crimes legislation, speech codes, and sexual harassment laws restricting speech.”

www.foxnews.com/us/2012/08/15/guard-at-family-research-council-shot/

nation.time.com/2012/08/15/shooting-suspect-was-volunteering-at-lgbt-center/

www.redstate.com/dhorowitz3/2012/08/15/hypocrisy-is-not-the-word/

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8 Responses to Hate Crimes and Lefty Double Standards

  • Their silence speaks volumes. I read about the incident on a blog I think it was, yesterday, and was looking for it in the online papers and have been waiting for it to appear since. This SSM cause will surely have to self destruct at some stage, if not all at once it seems to be happening in stages?

    Sharon Gallagher

  • What you write here Bill is correct. I have no argument with it. What I would like to do is add a slightly different perspective on “hate crime”, though as you will see in the end, still with scary “misuse” potential.

    In Kenya, there exist “hate crime” laws which were designed to discourage politicians (and others) from using tribal conflict issues to their advantage in election campaigns by stirring up smoldering inter-tribal tensions. Such stirring in part resulted in the 2007-08 post election violence in Kenya.

    Now I think it is a good thing that people be restrained from deliberately stirring up such tensions and in the process destroying the nation. It is good to actually see people being prosecuted for doing so (I’m not talking about the Hague cases – they are different).

    However, as I hinted above, the laws are wide open for abuse. Telling the truth can be prosecuted, and there are things people can’t say, even though they are true. The implications are enough to make one careful opening one’s mouth.

    John Symons

  • Well said Bill! I just completed my own blog post about this subject and linked to your excellent essay on this issue. More and more, the leftists are trying to silence those with whom they disagree – even to the extent that the media of mass deception will not include important facts about the crimes and hatred spewed by militant LGBT groups.

    We must continue to speak up, speak out, and educate all of the generations since the 70’s that have been continually indoctrinated in a Hitler-youth kind of way regarding the radical homosexual agenda!

    I refuse to shut up about it all. I will tell the truth found in God’s Word – no matter how much hatred is spewed my way.

    Christine Watson, US

  • Well done indeed Christine – keep up your great work.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • It took the US President 6 hours before he even acknowledged what had taken place while Mitt Romney made a statement as soon as he heard the sad news.
    While the MSM continues to ignore the reality of what is happening in the world, surely it is about time that someone said ‘enough is enough, lets tell it how it is and admit that the only hate crime is against Christians.’ I live in hope.
    Thank God this mad man was stopped at the door. I hate to think of what would have happened if he had made it to the offices of FRC.

    Madge Fahy

  • Quite right Bill, the only headline that I saw was from the BBC UK and originally it was “Christian group ‘gunman’ charged” (It has now changed to Family Research Council ‘gunman’ charged with assault). Even the headline gives the impression that it is a Christian group gunman instead of the hate crime against this group.

    Thanks for alerting us to this Bill.

    Michael Wager

  • Well done Bill…I really enjoy your blog. I have used excerpts and provided links to it on many occaisions on both my blog and on Facebook. I think that your voice is very important…keep it up.
    Blessings
    Mike McMeekan

  • Well done Bill, just keep on uprooting these imbalanced MSM reporters. These people are not worthy of their profession. Or should we blame the publishers who have so much vested interest in keeping the main stream stumped.
    Enjoy your stay in Perth.
    Bill Heggers, Perth

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