This made me sick to my stomach this morning (go to about 2:42 on the timeline):
In this clip, Representative Virginia Foxx (R – North Carolina) is arguing against H.R. 1913, a proposed bill that would expand the legal definition of hate crimes to include crimes based upon someone’s gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity or disability. Or rather, specifically, she’s arguing against calling it the “Matthew Shepherd Act”. Why? Because, according to Rep. Foxx, Matthew wasn’t actually killed because he was gay.
The hate crimes bill that’s called the Matthew Shepard Bill is named after a very unfortunate incident that happened where a young man was killed, but we know that the young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. It wasn’t because he was gay. The bill was named for him… but it’s really a hoax.
Are we really still at this place in our society? I mean, hey, by all means, let’s grudgingly pass a law making it illegal to stomp a faggot to death, but let’s not call it after Matthew Shepherd, because before those two pieces of shit pistolwhipped his skull to a pulp and left him hanging off a goddamned fence to die, they snagged his fucking wallet…which is clearly proof that it wasn’t a hate crime. Right?
Rep. Foxx later claimed she made a “poor choice of words”, but I don’t really think that covers it. Poor choice of thoughts, maybe.