“On Fox News this afternoon,” reports the Washington Examiner’s Sean Higgins, “Family Research Council President Tony Perkins told host Megyn Kelly that he believed the shooting yesterday that injured a guard at the group’s DC headquarters fit the definition of domestic terrorism:”
I spent about five years working with the State Department on anti-terrorism back in the 90s and training foreign police officers in anti-terrorism, so I’m somewhat familiar with what terrorism is. Terrorism is designed to intimidate and to drive people back and make them fearful. That, I believe, would describe what they tried to do yesterday here at the Family Research Council and by extension to traditional values supporters,(and) Christians across the nation.
No, the shooting yesterday was not an action designed to intimidate, but instead the actions of a disturbed young man acting alone, just as were the shootings in Arizona and Colorado.
And although gay organizations may have adopted rather harsh rhetoric toward social conservatives, like those who work at the FRC, they do not advocate — or even encourage — violence against such organizations.