Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

Years ago, a tough private TV detective softened his crazy appearance by chewing on a lollipop instead of a cigar. To those he had rescued by brute force, he also frequently uttered the phrase, “Who loves ya, baby!” For those of us that have dared to oppose the LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered] community’s stance on marriage, we know that we are often persecuted and intimidated, just like those who dared to go up against the TV character Kojak. Same-sex marriage proponents have been increasingly free to show us anything but love.

For example, recently a man gained entrance to the Family Research Council’s Washington, DC headquarters and opened fire on a security guard. The uncontested facts in the case include the element that the shooter was a twenty-eight year old man named Floyd Corkins II and that he had been volunteering for at least six months at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Besides his weapon, he carried a bag containing Chick-fil-A sandwiches and additional ammunition, and he shouted disapproval of FRC’s “politics.” The shooting occurred just days after the LGBT activist group the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) labeled FRC a “hate group,” putting the mainstream Christian organization in the same category as groups like the Ku Klux Klan.

First things first: unarmed security chief Leo Johnson acted heroically by wrestling Corkins to the ground and seizing his weapon with one hand after Corkins had shot him. Corkins did not realize that the highly trained Johnson had just spelled the regular security guard. Johnson exercised admirable restraint by holding Corkins until authorities arrived, rather than shooting him in self-defense. Called a “hero” by DC’s police chief, Johnson displayed the very best in human nature - putting his own life on the line and saving the lives of countless staff members in the building.

As LGBT activists continue to try to force the redefinition of marriage on the entire nation, this incident highlights the fact that the playing field is far from level. Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center noted that NBC gave the story of the FRC shooting 17 seconds of airtime, while CBS was able to devote a full 20 seconds to the criminal tragedy. Now every honest person knows that if a traditional marriage activist had barged into the Human Rights Campaign’s office and shot a homosexual, we would be subject to endless hours of media discussion of how “hateful” and dangerous traditional marriage activists are.


Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

Bishop Harry Jackson is chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, MD, and co-authored, Personal Faith, Public Policy [FrontLine; March 2008] with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.