This is horrifying. From The Washington Post:
A security guard at the Family Research Council was shot and wounded Wednesday morning after a scuffle with a man who expressed disagreement with the group’s conservative views in the lobby of the group’s headquarters in downtown Washington, authorities said. [...]
The guard and others wrestled the man to the ground, disarmed him and waited for police, she said. The guard was then taken to the hospital and is in stable condition, the chief said. FBI officials said the guard was shot in the arm. [...]
A law enforcement official said at one point in the scuffle, the shooter expressed views that differed from those of the Family Research Council. The official also said the shooter was carrying a bag that had a Chick-Fil-A bag inside.
My three comments:
1) I’m so happy the guard, Leo Johnson, was not killed. “Happy” is too weak a word. I know all of us will be hoping (atheists) or praying (theists) for Leo Johnson’s swift recovery.
2) At this moment it looks as if the shooter, 28-year-old Floyd Corkins, was motivated by his opposition to FRC’s anti-gay politics. It’s very disturbing to me to think of how much my own views probably overlap with Corkins’.
3) This reminds me of the importance of not demonizing those who disagree with us, not even on issues we’re the most passionate about.
Lately, I’ve been thinking that that is really the reason to practice civil debate; not to change minds or score points, but so that all of us have a context in which we have to address those we disagree with, and sometimes those we are furious at, with the respect due to them as fellow human beings.