Feb. 7, 2013
FRC Shooter Pleads Guilty to Three Charges
Floyd Corkins II, the shooter who attempted a mass murder at FRC in August, plead guilty yesterday to “interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition, assault with the intent to kill while armed, and act of terrorism while armed” as seen in this CBS News article. In a statement Corkins gave, he “intended to smear the [Chick-fil-a] sandwiches in the faces of his victims to make a statement about gay rights opponents.” FRC President Tony Perkins, pointed out in his radio show, Washington Watch that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) had listed FRC as a hate group, and Corkins admitted that SPLC’s website was where he found the FRC and other groups he intended to target. FRC’s Executive Vice President, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (Ret.-USA), was interviewed by Glenn Beck this morning concerning the shooting and the court case.
Tony Defends Stand for Morality on CNN
FRC President Tony Perkins, was interviewed yesterday on CNN about the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) possibly changing their policy on allowing open homosexuals to become members or leaders. Perkins stands firm and points out that the Boy Scouts stand for honor and morality, which explains why so many faith-based organizations sponsor them. The Boy Scouts of America are choosing to delay their decision until May. We ask you to pray for them and contact them to encourage them to stand for morality!
The Government Cannot Trump Religious Liberty
Ken Blackwell, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment, wrote an article in USA Today about the HHS mandate that still forces religious groups, businesses, and non-profits to provide contraceptives to their employees—even if it goes against their conscience. The HHS recently tried to “clarify” the mandate, but it still only applies strictly to churches and houses of worship. This violates citizens’ rights to religious liberty. Blackwell also cites a recent court case in which the administration tried to tell churches who to hire and fire. Thankfully, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of freedom of religion and voted the administration’s argument down 9-0.
Anna Higgins, FRC’s Director of the Center for Human Dignity, wrote a piece in Townhall concerning the HHS mandate as well and states:
“Since HHS and the Obama administration appear to be unwilling to protect religious liberty despite numerous court decisions against their violations, Congress must act again to preserve the constitutional right of religious freedom. Until Congress or the courts solve this problem, institutions must decide between violating their faith or engaging in civil disobedience coupled with large fines.”