Abusing the Megaphone
FRC's suspect timing drills closer to the core of our unease. Consider the predictable patterns that unfold after episodes of ideologically freighted violence. For the victimized party, the attack opens a temporary window of sympathy. Even fierce opponents feel compelled, for a decent interval, to offer condolences instead of condemnations. These are favorable dynamics for the FRC, and the organization displayed an unseemly willingness to exploit them. Training rhetorical artillery on the SPLC in the immediate aftermath of an assault exposed FRC's determination to wring political advantage from a sudden season of victimhood.
To be clear, the FRC should not cower meekly before charges of anti-gay animus. There is a case for hanging back and letting the SPLC beclown itself. There's also a case for refusing to suffer fools gladly—or silently. But there's no case for approaching victimhood with opportunistic fervor. Victimhood is neither a club to be brandished, nor a tool to manipulate public opinion. Certainly not for people who embrace the command to love our enemies and forgive unconditionally.
Our advice to Christian organizations victimized by attacks? Go humbly about your business. Where there are wounds, bind them up. Where there are fragile spirits, nurse them back to health. Where protections prove feeble, beef up security. Above all, persevere in the important work to which you've been called. Don't get lured into cycles of recrimination. And if the press hands you a megaphone, there's no shame in politely handing it right back.