The media’s strangely subdued reporting on Family Research Council shooter

I was camping yesterday morning when a friend alerted me via Twitter on my iPhone there had been a shooting at Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Frightened for my friends, I began scanning Google for news reports. Ten minutes later the first story popped up, stating an FRC security guard had been shot in the arm, and the shooter had been arrested.

A bit relieved, I went ahead with a planned day trip, tuning in to news radio in the truck to keep up with the latest. Nada.

I switched to WLS radio, the Chicago ABC affiliate. More nada.

I thought to myself had this been a shooting at a NARAL or GLAAD headquarters, or at a Planned Parenthood clinic, the journalistic world would have stopped. But because FRC is conservative, a shooting wasn’t so big a deal.

As the day went on, the shooter was identified as Floyd Lee Corkins II, pictured above. ABC reported:

Sources say Corkins walked into the Family Research Council and said “It’s not about you, it’s about the policy,” and then shot the guard….

Corkins had been volunteering for about the past six months at The DC Center for the LGBT Community, said David Mariner, executive director of the community center, which is in Northwest Washington. He usually staffed the center’s front desk on Saturdays, and his most recent shift was about two weeks ago….

The Family Research Council advocates conservative positions on social issues and strongly opposes gay marriage and abortion.

Perkins was an outspoken defender of Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s public stand against same-sex marriage, which made the fast-food chain a flashpoint in the nation’s culture wars. The Cathy family foundation has funded FRC….

The suspect allegedly had Chick-fil-A materials inside a bag he carried into the building during the shooting.

I waited for the mainstream media to connect Corkins to the homosexual activist community.

After all, to this day liberals link Scott Roeder, who killed late-term abortionist George Tiller in 2009, to Operation Rescue because “authorities found a Post-It note with Operation Rescue’s phone number in Roeder’s car,” quoting MSNBC as recently as August 13.

And Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards labeled Tiller’s murder as only one of “violent attacks by anti-choice extremists,” quoting from CNN.

And within hours of the Aurora, Colorado, theater shooting last month, ABC falsely linked the killer to the Tea Party.

So if Corkins actually worked at a homosexual organization, and it was during the time when that organization was actively promoting the defamation of Chick-Fil-A, and if on Facebook Corkin listed only two friends, one being David Mariner, executive director of The DC Center (who Mariner quickly defriended), well wow, surely MSM would promote Corkin as a poster child for homosexual violence, right?

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And wouldn’t MSM then investigate for deeper connections? Were Corkin and his only male Facebook friend Mariner lovers? Why did Corkin stop working at The DC Center? Did officials at The DC Center notice abnormal behavior, or did Corkin threaten violence against FRC and/or conservatives The DC Center didn’t report to authorities?

No, of course not. Negative profiling by liberals and the media only goes one way.

And will Obama’s FBI charge Corkin with domestic terrorism, or with committing a federal hate crime?

And will Obama and liberals now call on their own, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, which currently lists FRC as a “hate group,” to temper their inflammatory language against conservative groups?

Beyond the politics, I’m so thankful for the bravery of FRC guard Leo Johnson, who is being called a hero for thwarting a unimaginable tragedy. And I’m thankful to read he is in stable condition.

UPDATE, 12:30p: One more thought on media bias comes from Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life:

Another thing that occurs to me: if a security guard at Planned Parenthood had been shot, and the police specifically singled him out as a “hero” – which he IS – there would already be wall-to-wall profiles of Leo telling his story and noting how awesome he is. But no. He’s still in the hospital, and they aren’t even giving him a head fake.

38 thoughts on “The media’s strangely subdued reporting on Family Research Council shooter”

  1. “It’s not about you, it’s about the policy,”

    Because we all know that shooting a security guard accomplishes something in terms of policy. 

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  2. This guy is obviously deranged, so let’s not paint the entire LGBT community with a broad brush.  Most of them are peaceful people.  We don’t like to stereotyped as raving clinic bombers, do we?

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  3. Thanks Jill  for coverng this. Fox News Megan Kelly just interviewed Tony Perkins of FRC and he called out the Southern Poverty Law Center folks for calling FRC a “hate group” just because they stand for traditional orthodox marriage. See if you guys can post a clip of his interview. Very enlightening and Tony called the security guard a friend (who btw happens to be “black” I am only bringing this up as a sidebar, Tony did not mention this in his interview), which is a moot point no matter the security guard’s race he is a hero I don’t think a “hate group” would hire a black man as a security guard . Like I said, I only bring it up becaused FRC and Tony Perkins are being called a “hate group”. As Tony said this man (who also happens to be black) is responsible for his own actions but the “hate group” rhetoric by SPLC is a potential contributing factor.  

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  4. “but the “hate group” rhetoric by SPLC is a potential contributing factor.”

    Like the message being promulgated from pulpits and on “pro-life” blogs that abortion is murder and Planned Parenthood is complicit in murder? Like Bill O’Reilly’s crusade (jihad?) against Tiller, the “baby killer” – a crusade that contributed to a climate of hate in which Tiller was murdered? If rhetoric means culpability, you are responsible for any and very act of violence towards abortion providers.  

    While shootings, which are becoming more commonplace in fortress America, are terrible, you folks don’t seem to share the same concern about armed “pro-life” zealots who get arrested on their way to shoot up a Planned Parenthood or vandalism directed towards abortion clinics. Double standard?

    The Family Research Council is a virulently homophobic group that, among other things, links homosexuality to pedophilia, claims that anti-bullying programs are part of the “gay agenda,” and promotes discredited “reparative therapy” for gays. Check out the SPLC website for more information. Defaming people because of their sexual orientation is hateful.

    http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2010/winter/the-hard-liners  

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  5. CC,
    Abortion IS murder.
    Planned Parenthood IS complicit in murder.
    Bill o’Reilly reported on Tiller’s nickname because it was, oh wait, HIS NICKNAME.

    You have a huge issue with truth, maybe because you are so morally bankrupt  you can’t even recognize what truly hateful actions are: ripping unborn babies limb from limb. 

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  6. CC: If I believe homosexual orientation (including gender dysphoria) is by nature a biological aberration and/or by nurture a profound confusion, how would that be “hateful” in the least? How would believing that homosexuals are ineligible for marriage on the grounds that marriage is the institutionalization of mating, be in the least “hateful?”

    Since when does someone imagining that they’re hated by someone else mean that those someone elses are actually hateful?

    It just boils down to whoever hollers the most stridently being deferred to because milquetoast cultural gatekeepers don’t want to be perceived as out of touch with the Zeitgeist or allied with those targeted by the screechers. 

    Blogger Iowahawk captured the lunacy of our era well with a tweet last week:  “Screaming hysterical hecklers at Ryan IA state fair speech rush stage, punch supporters, get arrested. I guess because Ryan’s an extremist.”

     

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  7. Sending assassins to eliminate your political opponents is terrorism.  I suppose the SPLC should be referred to as a terror cell.  It’s only fair.

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  8. Dear Readers, some of you might be new and not used to cc’s repetitive accusations.  She will often say that we give violent criminals a “pass” or an “okay” of some sort, when in fact there is no evidence to back up her claim.  The pro-lifers I know, and the internet ones I don’t know personally, all feel the same way: violence is never a solution, and criminals should be prosecuted according to the law.  Notice, readers, how there is never any quote nor are there any links to support her claim.  Perhaps there are some individuals out there that think it’s ok to kill people. I don’t think that’s right; it’s in fact wrong.  cc knows already knows that the readers of Jill’s blog don’t condone violence or criminal activity.  Please forgive her for forgetting that she’s already made this claim like a dozen times.  Thanks.

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  9. “Sending assassins to eliminate your political opponents is terrorism.  I suppose the SPLC should be referred to as a terror cell.  It’s only fair”

    Hopefully, you’re not speaking literally because if so, your accusation is absurd. But if you are speaking metaphorically, you are saying that any abortion doctor murder and clinic vandalism is directed by priests who preach about abortion as murder and staff of Planned Parenthood as murderers.  Using your “logic,” Bill O’Reilly, in constantly demonizing Dr. Tiller, “sent” Scott Roeder to murder Tiller. 

    @Rasqual – Have you actually read what the SPLC has documented about the FRC? If so, I don’t understand how you blithely justify them. One suspects that you wouldn’t be so sanguine if a liberal group claimed, on TV and other national media, that all Catholic priests are pedophiles. Among other things, that’s what said about homosexuals by the FRC. 

    Right Wing Watch also has more information on the FRC. 

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  10. “Gaining access to children has been a long-term goal of the homosexual movement.”
    — Robert Knight, FRC director of cultural studies, and Frank York, 1999
    “[Homosexuality] … embodies a deep-seated hatred against true religion.”
    — Steven Schwalm, FRC senior writer and analyst, in “Desecrating Corpus Christi,” 1999
    “One of the primary goals of the homosexual rights movement is to abolish all age of consent laws and to eventually recognize pedophiles as the ‘prophets’ of a new sexual order.”
    -1999 FRC pamphlet, Homosexual Activists Work to Normalize Sex with Boys.
    “[T]he evidence indicates that disproportionate numbers of gay men seek adolescent males or boys as sexual partners.”
    — Timothy Dailey, senior research fellow, “Homosexuality and Child Sexual Abuse,” 2002
    “While activists like to claim that pedophilia is a completely distinct orientation from homosexuality, evidence shows a disproportionate overlap between the two. … It is a homosexual problem.”
    — FRC President Tony Perkins, FRC website, 2010

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  11. Corpus dileCti  August 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm
    Like the message being promulgated from pulpits and on “pro-life” blogs that abortion is murder and Planned Parenthood is complicit in murder?

    Like Bill O’Reilly’s crusade (jihad?) against Tiller, the “baby killer” – a crusade that contributed to a climate of hate in which Tiller was murdered?

    Clueless Cutie,

    Tiiller advertized nationally and internationally. He welcomed the notoraiety.

    George Tiller proudly bragged that he killed thousands of pre-natal children.

    karma, reaping and sowing, what goes around/come around.

    You confuse thoughts and words with actions.

    Thinking or talking about reaping oats will never bring in a crop.

    The ‘action’ of sowing the oats is required.

    Tiller sowed the seeds of his own destruction.

    You brougth attention to Tiller by publicly defending him while he was still actively killing babies.

    By your own standard of measurement you are as guilty as the people you condemn.

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  12. CC…along with the compassion gene, were you born with out the originality gene as well?

    I mean, seriously, if you want to keep coming here day after day, PLEASE, i beg you, get some new material.

    Oh wait, my bad. There isn’t any. 

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  13. “Hopefully, you’re not speaking literally because if so, your accusation is absurd”

    Yeah, just trying to argue like you guys do. Pretty dumb and annoying, huh?  It’s a small taste of the crap we have to put up with.  You’re welcome.

    Here’s some more for you:

    “Biden told a rally in Danville, Virginia, that if elected Romney would cut regulations on banks to the detriment of consumers. “They’re going to put y’all back in chains,” Biden told the crowd, a comment that for some people could evoke memories of slavery in America.”
    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-08-14/news/sns-rt-us-usa-campaign-bidenbre87e00w-20120814_1_democratic-president-barack-obama-mitt-romney-governor-romney

     Oh my gosh, what an outrageous outage!  Clearly Joe Biden is defaming people because of their political affiliation and that is hateful. That makes the Democratic Party a hate group. Stop the H8!  And some other dumb slogans, too!

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  14. Authorities found 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches in homophile’s backpack.

    A CFA sandwiich costs about four dollars. The homophile spent around sixty dollars at a restaruant which was being boy-cotted  by his homosexual colleagues.

    [do female homosexuals ‘girl-cott’]

    I wonder if the police subjected the 15 CFA sandwiches to laboratory analysis to determine if they had been poisoned or contaminated with fecal matter or other bodily fluids.

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  15. Ken I assume he planned to do something sick like shoot the FRC members and stuff the sandwiches into the mouths of their dead bodies as a deranged “statement”.  Clearly inspired by Sarah Palin.  Just ask the Democrats, they’ll tell you.

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  16. phillymiss says: August 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm “This guy is obviously deranged, so let’s not paint the entire LGBT community with a broad brush.”

    Amen, ditto, agreed.

    While it does appear that Floyd Lee Corkin, II popped his cork, flipped his lid, blew his stack, the ‘official verdict’ has yet to be rendered, but that aside, no one here has claimed that all homosexuals are homicidal maniacs.

    But the data does suggest that homosexuals are more likely to commit suicide an/or be assaulted and killed by fellow homosexuals, than by a heterosexual.

    ‘normalizing’ homosexuality has done nothing to remedy the underlying pathologies.

    Perverting the definition of marriage to include same sex couples will likewise do nothing to alleviate their symptoms or remediate their dysfunction.

    If I were going to indulge in stereotyping, I would just write the entire incident off to  ‘black on black’ violence in Washington, D. C. and be done with it.

    But even if Corkin and the security guard are both of african descent, we all know this was an ideologically motivated crime, not a racially motivated act of violence.

    On a related note; Glaring absence and deafening silence from the ‘gun control’ folks.

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  17. At the news conference, Tony Perkins singled out the Southern Poverty Law Center for putting his organization on a list of hate groups, saying that gave the gunman “a license to shoot an unarmed man,” and he urged that the law center be “held accountable for their reckless use of terminology.”
    The Southern Poverty Law Center, in a statement, called the accusation outrageous and said the Family Research Council was ”seeking an opportunity to score points” by using the shooting for political purposes.

    [“seeking an opprotunity to score points” And the SPLC should know better than any] I am surprised the SPLC didn’t immediately file suit against FRC in Federal Court for patent/trademark impingement.] 

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  18. “I wonder if the police subjected the 15 CFA sandwiches to laboratory analysis to determine if they had been poisoned or contaminated with fecal matter or other bodily fluids”

    Whaaa…? Is this what passes for “pro-life” humor?  Hopefully it is because if  Ken is serious, he has some serious mental health issues which seem to revolve around sexual practices of male homosexuals which, for Ken, are all about fecal matter. Freud would have a field day with Ken.  

    “But the data does suggest that homosexuals are more likely to commit suicide an/or be assaulted and killed by fellow homosexuals, than by a heterosexual.”

    What data? Source please.  

    “Perverting the definition of marriage to include same sex couples will likewise do nothing to alleviate their symptoms or remediate their dysfunction.”

    Only in the radical, Christian right wing world of Ken and the FRC, is being gay considered a disease. The American Psychological Association no longer classifies it as such and that’s why it got dropped out of the DSM a number of years ago.   

    “Perverting the definition of marriage”

    Marriage is a civil compact. It has nothing to do with religion.  And funny, the beautiful Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with its gay marriage, is the least divorced state in the country. Most educated, too!  

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  19. So where was your outrage when one of yours was arrested while on his way to shoot Planned Parenthood staff in Wisconsin? 

     

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  20. How’s all that education working out for you, CC?
    You are still a bitter, disenfranchised hippie who believes in liberation through slaughter, and you come to a prolife web site to spew out your frustrations.

    Sheesh, I’ve met poor high school grads in Mississippi with more joy in their hearts and spring in their steps.

    Have you explored medication?

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  21. ninek says:  August 17, 2012 at 1:33 am  “The pro-lifers I know, and the internet ones I don’t know personally, all feel the same way: violence is never a solution,”…

    You don’t know me, either personally or vicariously.

    I for one am pleased that Leonord Johnson did not attempt to engage Corkin in thoughtful dialog, but subdued him with violent physical force as soon as Corkin demonstated his intent.

    If Johnson had been armed and had chosen to place two rounds center mass in Corkins torso that would have been just fine with me.

    It would not make any differnce to me if Corkin were member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church or the Broadway Church of the Half Saved, heterosexual or homosexual, male or female, etc…. 

    Once Corkin made it clear his intent was to use deadly force, which was communicated when he went for his gun, then Corkin’s actions made his own life forfeit.

    I pray that I have Leonard Johnson’s clarity of mind and stoutness of heart if and when I am confronted by a wicked man intent on doing evil to others or to me.

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  22. “So where was your outrage when one of yours was arrested while on his way to shoot Planned Parenthood staff in Wisconsin?”

    CC, when did this happen? Link please?

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  23. Chatty Cathy  August 17, 2012 at 10:34 am
    1. Hopefully it is because if  Ken is serious, he has some serious mental health issues. which seem to revolve around sexual practices of male homosexuals which, for Ken, are all about fecal matter.

    2. Marriage is a civil compact.

    3. It has nothing to do with religion. 

    1. You seem to be lacking in knowledge about human physiology and basic personal hygiene. 

    Are you one of those unfortunate souls who has had to poop in a bag all your life? Anal intercourse, aka ‘sodomy’, whether practiced with animate or inanimate objects involves the colon and, in a functioning colon, that involves fecal matter.

    I ain’t no ‘neat freak’, but I do wash my hands after an oBaMa. How about you?

    2. Marriage is both a legal and/or a religious compact, but it can be entered into absent the church or the state.

    3. Marriage predates both religion and politicis, but I defy you to name a culture or a civilization where one or the otheror both were not involved.

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  24. The problem with deadly force and/or the death penalty and/or murder is this: it prevents the person from living to make a turn-around in life and attitude.   Let’s take the murder of Tiller, for example.  What if Tiller would have turned around six weeks after the day he was murdered?   No matter what he did during his life, the murderer cut short the victims ability to change.  Jesus told a parable about wheat and weeds.  His parable instructed the listener to allow both wheat and weeds to mature, and to let our Creator sort them out.  It is not for us.  Vengeance is the Lord’s, not ours.  

    Now, some might ask, if I were an atheist, would I feel the same way?  I should hope so.  If the universe were an accident, and life only had the meaning we gave it, should we still refrain from vengeance and murder?  Absolutely.  Society deserves to be protected, but there are civilized ways to deal with criminals (lock ’em up).  And, there are civilized ways (non-violent ways) to deal with people with whom you disagree.   It’s sad that a man got hurt and now another man is guilty of his attempted murder.  There is nothing that could be gained by violence.  It doesn’t solve problems, it only creates new ones. 

    In her biographical book, Norma McCorvey describes an attempt on her life.  Imagine, if the attempt had ended her life: We would have lost a valuable member of our current pro-life team!  Norma’s life is worth it today, and it was worth it even when she was still pro-choice. 

    Ok, gettin’ off my soap box for now.  Back to your regular programming.  

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  25. cc says:

    “…if Ken is serious, he has some serious mental health issues…”  

    And this coming from one who expouses the killing of innocent unborn babies. Only in the world of pro-abortion fanaticism can someone who celebrates the destruction of little babies delude themselves into thinking they are without “serious mental health issues”.

     

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  26. When the white house gets fully behind this backspin, BO will probably call for another lynch mob to go for Leo the big white guy who assaulted the poor little homosexed boy who was doing the right thing to the “right-wing hate group.” Another Zimmerman.

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  27. Jerry, cc is NOT allowed to operate here under that delusion. Her words give her away every time.

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  28. “Jesus told a parable about wheat and weeds.  His parable instructed the listener to allow both wheat and weeds to mature, and to let our Creator sort them out.” 

    Ninek

    Your example is flawed.

    Tares and wheat are indistinguishable until the wheat bears it’s fruit. The heads of grain weighs down the wheat stalks and causes them to sag. The tares, having no fruit, stand up straight and tall. Even a blind person could distinguish between the two.

    By their fruit you shall know them.

    When an armed man enters a place of business and declares his enmity, then pulls out a gun and starts shooting, his sin has come to fruition. The bad fruit is there for all to see and judge.

    This is not the time to send in Teens for Christ/Jews for Jesus hoping to save a soul. This is a time to deploy a warrior to neutralize the threat and save some lives.

    And what about the people who get killed by the shooter who have not yet been born again?

    What if the shooter is already saved, but has psychotic break and goes ‘obama’ and kills innocent people.

    Do you see the flaws in your neat little scenario?

    Reality is messy business.

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  29. CheaptriCk says:  August 17, 2012 at 6:23 am
    Please do not misunderstand the subtlety.

    I do not mean to imply you are inexpensive or a bargain.

    Thank you for cutting and pasting the statements about homosexuality from various sources.

    Did you bother to read them first?

    Were you able to comprehend them?

    Or was this just one of your lame attempts at homophile humor.

    Give it up before you injure yourself.

    Like most liberals/progressives you are lacking the gene for ‘humor’.

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  30. Quezer says:  August 17, 2012 at 11:46 pm …”BO will probably call for another lynch mob to go for Leo the big white guy who assaulted the poor little homosexed boy who was doing the right thing to the “right-wing hate group.”

    Both Corkin and Johnson are non-caucasians.

    From comparing the available photographs, I conclude that Leo Johnson is more abuandanly pigmented than Floyd Lee Corkin, II.

    I have seen no evidence that there was a racial motivation to this crime, but that won’t stop the obamateur from playing the race card if he believes it will accrue to his benefit.

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  31.   Corkins is a disturbed young man, but what he attempted to do in in no way typical of gay rights activists, and never has been.  Every gay rights organization in America has rightly condemned his behavior.  The overwhelming majority of people in the gay rights movement are peaceful  and would never cpondone what Corkins did.  I’m not gay myself, but I condemn him too.
    However, this does not excuse the vile  bigotry, lies, disinformation and  hysterical anti-gay paranoia which th eFRC and other similar groups foster.  They ARE hate groups, and  utterly contemptible .  Hate crimes against gay people are far,far more common than gay people attempting to attack  anti-gay organizations .
    Within the past two months or so, two teenage lesbian girls were gunned down in a park in Texas. One died and the other was seriously wounded .
    And three crazed bigots broke into the home of a lesbian, stripped her naked and branded  ugly homophpobic terms including “dyke” on her body . This is the ugly face of homophobic bigotry .  The overwhelming majority of gays are peaceful people hwo mean no one any harm, and far more children are molested by heterosexuals than homosexuals . 
    The FRC and “Americans for truth” are vile and dangerous hate groups. Don’t be deceived by their  lies !

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  32. Hey there Robert! I was just thinking about you the other day. Hadn’t seen you in a while. Hope the music is going well.

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