Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council (FRC), on Friday accused President Barack Obama of enabling a shooting at the group's Washington DC headquarters.

“Well, I think as we witnessed this past week at the Family Research Council, clearly linked to that same atmosphere of hostility that's created by the public policies of an administration that's indifferent or hostile to religious freedom and groups like, as I mentioned the Southern Poverty Law Center that recklessly throws around labels giving people like this gunman who came into our building a license to take innocent life,” Perkins said during an interview with former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on FRC's Washington Watch Weekly radio program.

On Thursday, Perkins told reporters that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which in 2010 labeled the FRC a “hate group,” should be held partially accountable for the shooting, which left one man wounded.

The SPLC has denied the claim, saying “Perkins and his allies, seeing an opportunity to score points, are using the attack on their offices to pose a false equivalency between the SPLC's criticisms of the FRC and the FRC's criticisms of LGBT people.”