Chick-fil-A, yay or nay?
Posted 10 August 2012 - 05:38 PM
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Posted 16 August 2012 - 01:21 PM
The suspect was a volunteer at a local LGBT center; gay groups quickly condemned the shooting at the conservative Christian advocacy group.
A security guard at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian group that promotes antigay positions, was shot Wednesday morning as a gunman who reportedly expressed disagreement with the organization's views tried to enter the building.
The shooter walked into the lobby in the 800 block of G Street in the Chinatown neighborhood around 10:45 a.m., and was confronted by the guard, who was shot in the arm, theWashington Post reports. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier provided the information to the Post, saying the guard and others wrestled the man to the ground and waited for police to arrive.
The victim is identified as Leo Johnson. And the suspect, identified by the Associated Press as 28-year-old Floyd Corkins, has been taken into FBI custody, where Fox News reports that a source said the shooter "made statements regarding their policies, and then opened fire.” Authorities are treating the incident as a “case of domestic terrorism,” the conservative news network reported, but according to the Associated Press, charges have not yet been filed.
The Associated Press reports that Corkins was a volunteer at The DC Center for the LGBT Community and was described by surprised coworkers as "gentle" and "kind." David Mariner, the center's executive director, expressed dismay at the news in a statement.
"I was shocked to hear that someone who has volunteered with the DC Center could be the cause of such a tragic act of violence," Mariner said. "No matter the circumstances, we condemn such violence in the strongest terms possible. We hope for a full and speedy recovery for the victim and our thoughts are with him and his family."
Fox News linked the incident to the Chick-fil-A controversy, reporting that "sources also said the gunman may have been carrying a bag from Chick-fil-A." The Georgia-based fast food restaurant has been criticized for statements and financial contributions owner Dan Cathy has made against marriage equality. FRC president Tony Perkins has been a staunch defender of Cathy.
NBC 4 correspondent Jackie Bensen also reported a link with the chicken restuarant. She wrote on Twitter that sources said the shooter had Chick-fil-A promotional materials in a backpack, and two loaded 15-round ammunition clips.
Posted 16 August 2012 - 01:36 PM
Now where's my happy meal before I go postal ?!
Posted 16 August 2012 - 06:53 PM
and now they are saying he had 15 sandwiches in the bag as well
Floyd Lee Corkins II, the suspect in Wednesday's shooting at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the Family Research Council, was carrying 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches in a bag when he opened fire, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Justice Department on Thursday.
15 round mags, 15 samiches, maybe he just likes things in 15s
Posted 16 August 2012 - 07:26 PM
Posted 17 August 2012 - 12:46 PM
you can't blame the guy for what that gun did
Or the parents for what the spoon shoveled into their babies' mouths
Posted 17 August 2012 - 12:57 PM
Wasnt as delicious as a Chik-Fil-A sandwich.
Posted 17 August 2012 - 02:59 PM
WASHINGTON — A man who volunteered at a gay community center had a backpack full of Chick-fil-A sandwiches and a box of ammunition when he said “I don’t like your politics” and shot a security guard at the headquarters of a conservative lobbying group, authorities revealed Thursday.
Floyd Lee Corkins, II, was ordered held without bond on charges that he opened fire a day earlier inside the lobby of the Family Research Council, an influential conservative Christian group that has supported the president of the fast-food chain his staunch opposition to same-sex marriage.
Though the shooting was swiftly condemned by groups across the ideological spectrum, it tapped into deep divisions over cultural issues like gay marriage and drew finger-pointing about whether inflamed rhetoric on either side was to blame.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said “reckless rhetoric” from organizations that disagree with his group’s opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage was to blame for the shooting.
“Corkins was given a license to shoot an unarmed man by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center that have been reckless in labeling organization hate groups because they disagree with them on public policy,” Perkins said.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based civil rights organization that tracks and litigates hate groups, labeled the FRC as a hate group in 2010 for what it called the group’s anti-gay stance.
Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the SPLC, called Perkins’ accusation “outrageous.” He said the council was labeled for spreading false propaganda about LGBT people, not for its opposition to same-sex marriage.
“The FRC routinely pushes out demonizing claims that gay people are child molesters and worse — claims that are provably false,” he said in a statement. “It should stop the demonization and affirm the dignity of all people.”
Corkins, 28, entered the lobby of the downtown Washington building on Wednesday morning, carrying a backpack with a box of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches, authorities said. It wasn’t immediately clear what he planned to do with the sandwiches.
Corkins, who recently been volunteering at a D.C. community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, told the guard words to the effect of, “I don’t like your politics” and pulled a handgun from his backpack, according to an FBI affidavit.
The guard was shot in the arm but was able to help wrestle the gun away and restrain the shooter, police said.
Corkins, who lives with his parents in Herndon, Va., was charged with assault with intent to kill and bringing firearms across state and was ordered held pending a hearing next week. He told the judge he had only $300 in his account and was appointed a public defender. He was otherwise silent during the hearing and stared ahead impassively.
The shooting was rebuked by President Barack Obama and Republican president candidate Mitt Romney, but also gay and lesbian advocacy groups and Christian organizations. One, the National Organization for Marriage, said it was time to stop labeling organizations that oppose same-sex marriage as hateful.
The Family Research Council had recently defended Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy for his opposition to gay marriage. The council strongly opposes gay marriage and abortion and says it advocates “faith, family and freedom in public policy and public opinion.” The conservative group maintains a powerful lobbying presence, testifying before Congress and reviewing legislation.
Corkins’ parents told FBI agents that he has “strong opinions with respect to those he believes do not treat homosexuals in a fair manner,” the complaint says.
The assault charge carries up to 30 years in prison and the weapons charge has a 10-year maximum sentence.
Authorities believe Corkins parked his car at a northern Virginia Metro station and used public transportation to get downtown. An open black box resembling a gun box was found on the car’s passenger seat, the affidavit says. Corkins used a Sig Sauer 9mm pistol that was legally bought and owned, said Richard Marianos, special agent in charge of the ATF’s Washington field office.
The guard, Leonardo “Leo” Johnson, 46, was resting comfortably at a hospital Thursday morning. His mother, Virginia Johnson, said she had not been to visit him but had spoken to him by phone.
“He said he feels very well,” she told The Associated Press in a brief interview. “I am proud of him, very proud of him.”
Posted 19 September 2012 - 05:47 PM
Cody Duty / AP Miguel Martinez, left, kisses partner of five years, Sergio Andrade, right, during National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A in Houston on Aug. 3, 2012.
Cody Duty / AP
Miguel Martinez, left, kisses partner of five years, Sergio Andrade, right, during National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A in Houston on Aug. 3, 2012.
By Ben Popken, NBC News contributor
Chick-fil-A has agreed to stop funding groups with anti-same-sex marriage stances, according to astatement released Wednesday by LGBT advocacy group The Civil Rights Agenda.
Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno, who had blocked the fast-food chain from opening stores in Chicago because of its anti-gay views, likewise announced he would now let Chick-fil-A open up new outlets after he received a letter this morning from the company stating that they would cease donating to the groups.
"Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena." Chick-fil-A wrote in an emailed statement to NBC News. Civil Rights Agenda (CRA) and Moreno's office did not respond to emailed requests.
The chicken-sandwich chain ignited a furor both online and offline this summer after its COO Dan Cathy said that it was company policy to support “the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit.” He stated that in his view, same-sex marriages invite “God's judgment” and its proponents “have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
In response, gay rights protesters launched nationwide boycotts and staged same-sex “kiss-ins” at Chick-fil-A stores. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee launched a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” where supporters of the company's stance on same-sex marriage descended on their local stores to purchase chicken sandwiches en masse.
According to the release by the CRA, the letter stated that chain's charitable wing “is now taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas.”