While national media focuses on the reprehensible remarks of Donald Sterling, his statements seem to pale in comparison to the most recent hate-filled communication directed at the conservative Illinois Family Institute, which today received the following from Casey Corbin:
"A prayer for all of you.
Dear lord, I ask that you strike down the children of any staff, supporters or friends of this EVIL hate group.
May their children have cancer, be hit by cars or murdered.
May the staff and founders be victims of a mass shooting or bombing - that would be nice!!!
And finally, may any children of that very unattractive WHORE - Laurie Higgins - be slaughtered and offered to your greatness lord. May her entire family be struck down and return to Hell from which they came. FUCK YOU Laurie Higgins and your entire disgusting family!!!
With only five friends, Corbin's Facebook page (HERE) appears to be a possible front for another individual or organization.
Dave Smith, Executive Director of the Illinois Family Institute tells Illinois Review:
"I am alarmed at the level of hate that some on the Left have for conservative groups like IFI, simply because we hold to orthodox Christian teachings of morality.
How does anyone get to the point of wishing violence and murder on the innocent children of those with which you have political disagreements?
And this situation is only aggravated by liberal groups like the SPLC [Southern Poverty Law Center], who label pro-marriage groups like IFI as a 'hate organization.' Their categorization of the traditional Judeo-Christian view of sexual morality with racists groups is not only intellectually dishonest, but incendiary."
It is unclear what steps IFI may take to protect itself and its staff. According to Smith, this is fairly typical of the hate calls, emails, letters and faxes they regularly receive.
Readers may recall that on August 15, 2012, a left-wing gunman entered the Washington DC headquarters of the conservative Family Research Council and shot a security guard. The gunman, 28-year-old Floyd Corkins II, had served as a volunteer at a LGBT community center.
When asked by the FBI how he chose his target, Corkins cited the Southern Poverty Law Center, and said he "found them online". Believing the security guard he shot was connected with the Family Research Council, he told him "I don't like your politics."