“His response was to fight it with the only weapons at hand—passive resistance and open displays of contempt.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
Domestic terrorist used Morris Dees SPLC ‘hate map’ to target American citizens with terror.
The facts show that he planned his attack in great detail and hoped for massive casualties…. prosecutors revealed that Mr. Corkins had obtained our building location from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website. He was clearly inspired by the [SPLC]’s labeling of FRC as a “hate group” based on our belief that marriage can only take place between one man and one woman… His goal and that of the SPLC is to silence those with whom they disagree. In a civil society, shutting down debate is not how reasonable people and organizations operate. Intimidating and bullying others shreds the “ordered liberty” of which our Founders wrote and for which they advocated, and places all of us in jeopardy of losing our sacred rights as militant extremists claim the public square exclusively for themselves.
Johnson also made a statement to the judge, despite being known as a quiet and reserved person who does not enjoy the public spotlight. Johnson’s statement includes:
I often experience feelings of anger and frustration when I think about all the things that I … continue to endure … surgery, with at least two more scheduled, painful, life-threatening blood clots … physical therapy, multiple medications and numerous doctor appointments. My family was put under tremendous stress as well … I now have to rely upon others to carry out the physical aspects of my job. Things I used to enjoy, such as participating in sports, weightlifting, and working out are … no longer possible… Even some of the foods and beverages that I enjoy are no longer possible for me because of [my] medication… This was such a senseless crime. Many innocent people were going to be ruthlessly murdered and taken away from their families and friends forever….
Corkins told the FBI he found the FRC building as his target using a “hate map” on the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC refuses to acknowledge any responsibility for the shooting. SPLC still lists FRC as a hate group and continues to maintain a map to FRC’s office building on the SPLC website.