Additional Information on Mark Potok

* Attention was drawn to SPLC in August 2012, when 28-year old LGBT activist Floyd Lee Corkins II walked into FRC’s lobby on August 15, told the security guard that “I don’t like your politics,” and fatally shot him with a 9mm pistol. In the aftermath of the shooting, FRC president Tony Perkins asserted that the attacker “was given a license to shoot an unarmed man by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center,” which had labeled FRC as a “hate group.” “I believe the Southern Poverty Law Center should be held accountable for their reckless use of terminology,” said Perkins. Potok, in response, called Perkins’ accusation “outrageous,” and reiterated that “SPLC has listed the FRC as a hate group since 2010 because it has knowingly spread false and denigrating propaganda about LGBT people.” and complained that “the FRC and its allies on the religious right are saying, in effect, that offering legitimate and fact-based criticism in a democratic society is tantamount to suggesting that the objects of criticism should be the targets of criminal violence.”

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