Wednesday's shooting at the headquarters of the Family Research Council, a group known for standing for conservative and Christian values, is raising debate about the rhetoric surrounding hot topic issues like gay marriage.
In 2010, the Southern Poverty Law Center labeled the Family Research Council a 'hate group,' alongside neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, black separatists, and others.
The SPLC said it put the conservative group on the list not because the FRC believes homosexuality is wrong, but for "the propagation of known falsehoods in an effort to defame gay people."
"I don't expect everyone to agree with some of the things that we assert about the homosexual lifestyle, but we do present evidence in support of those assertions, and they are certainly not falsehoods or fabrications," FRC Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg said in defense.
"If somebody is labeled a hate group, it means that you not only are saying that what they argue is wrong, but you are claiming to know their motives," he continued.
The FRC speaks out on issues concerning the family and has opening supported biblical values and traditional marriage.
"As Christians, we believe that everyone, every human being is created in the image of God," Sprigg said. "That is the highest respect that we can give to their personal identity."
Is this another example of a growing intolerance of Christian and family values? Dan Gainor, with the Media Research Center spoke more about what this shooting represents in our culture today, on CBN Newswatch, Aug. 15.