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Friday, May 01, 2009

Can't Sink Much Lower Than This

The Matthew Shepard bill cleared the House of Representatives by a wide margin in spite of the very best efforts of North Carolina Representative Virginia Foxx.

Here's what she had to say on the floor of the House with Matthew Shepard's mother, Judy, in attendance.

“The hate crimes bill that’s called the Matthew Shepard Bill [sic] is named after a very unfortunate incident that happened where a young man was killed. But we know that that young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. It wasn’t because he was gay. The bill was named for him, the hate crimes bill was named for him, but it’s, it’s really a hoax, that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills.”

An "unfortunate incident"? Matthew was lured to a desolate area, beaten, and hung on a fence to die. He may have been robbed but only as an afterthought. The motive was hate. At the moment I'm not sure which I think is worse; the monsters who committed the hate crime or the monster in Washington DC who encouraged the commission of more hate crimes with her lies.

I'm sure she considers herself a Christian. She must have missed the Commandment that says "thou shall not bear false witness" or Jesus saying "love one another".

She's since issued a non-apology apology. It's not nearly enough.

COMMENTS:
Blogger Worried American said...

That's a dirty, rotten shame, Granny. Some people simply do not want a hate crime bill. I don't know why. Some say the prosecution and penalties for murder, robbery, and other violent crimes is sufficient. Motivation for committing the crime should be taken into account. Murdering an innocent person simply because the victim is of a different race or orientation is NOT the same as murder in the heat of passion (people fighting, jealousy, domestic violence), murder because of different gang affiliations, murder during actual robbery, etc.. These crimes carry heavy penalties but hate crimes should require stronger prosecution.

If accused of a gay hate crime, all too often the perpetrator will whine, "he made a pass at me". Well tucky dove!! If women beat or murdered every man that made a pass at them, there'd be far fewer men walking the streets today and the women's prisons would be full to overflowing! Cry babies. Their crimes are motivated by hate, pure and simple, and should be prosecuted as such with stronger penalties.

Friday, May 01, 2009 11:29:00 AM


Blogger Granny said...

WA, the primary importance of a Federal "hate crimes" statute is to enable the Feds to step in if the specific state either won't or can't act.

It's much like the KKK who flourished with virtual immunity until federal acts were passed and the perps could be prosecuted in a Federal court. (See Mississippi Burning).

Of course, another thing (remember our email discussion) is that we can't very well hold ourselves up as an example to the part of the world who still behaves abominably until we clean our own house.

Friday, May 01, 2009 12:34:00 PM

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Blogger Worried American said...

Yes, Granny. I understand the importance of a federal hate crimes law. However, many state prosecutors in various areas oppose it. They are citizens and voters also and can petition their reps to oppose it.

Cleaning our own house is of primary importance. We cannot object to the horrendous torture deaths of gays in Iraq when our own reputation is so tarnished.

Friday, May 01, 2009 4:24:00 PM

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Blogger Scarlet W. Blue said...

Tied. To. An. Effing. Fencepost. Left to die. WTF? If that's not hate, WTF is IT?

Sunday, May 03, 2009 5:56:00 PM

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Blogger Worried American said...

It is HATE, that's all there was to it! IF the (bleepers) who committed this heinous crime did rob him, it was secondary, an after thought. I cannot image what his mother thought when that dingbat made such stupid comments. Hate crimes should be prosecuted as such.

Sunday, May 03, 2009 10:11:00 PM

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6 Comments:

  • At Friday, May 01, 2009 11:29:00 AM , Blogger Worried American said...

    That's a dirty, rotten shame, Granny. Some people simply do not want a hate crime bill. I don't know why. Some say the prosecution and penalties for murder, robbery, and other violent crimes is sufficient. Motivation for committing the crime should be taken into account. Murdering an innocent person simply because the victim is of a different race or orientation is NOT the same as murder in the heat of passion (people fighting, jealousy, domestic violence), murder because of different gang affiliations, murder during actual robbery, etc.. These crimes carry heavy penalties but hate crimes should require stronger prosecution.

    If accused of a gay hate crime, all too often the perpetrator will whine, "he made a pass at me". Well tucky dove!! If women beat or murdered every man that made a pass at them, there'd be far fewer men walking the streets today and the women's prisons would be full to overflowing! Cry babies. Their crimes are motivated by hate, pure and simple, and should be prosecuted as such with stronger penalties.

     
  • At Friday, May 01, 2009 12:34:00 PM , Blogger Granny said...

    WA, the primary importance of a Federal "hate crimes" statute is to enable the Feds to step in if the specific state either won't or can't act.

    It's much like the KKK who flourished with virtual immunity until federal acts were passed and the perps could be prosecuted in a Federal court. (See Mississippi Burning).

    Of course, another thing (remember our email discussion) is that we can't very well hold ourselves up as an example to the part of the world who still behaves abominably until we clean our own house.

     
  • At Friday, May 01, 2009 4:24:00 PM , Blogger Worried American said...

    Yes, Granny. I understand the importance of a federal hate crimes law. However, many state prosecutors in various areas oppose it. They are citizens and voters also and can petition their reps to oppose it.

    Cleaning our own house is of primary importance. We cannot object to the horrendous torture deaths of gays in Iraq when our own reputation is so tarnished.

     
  • At Sunday, May 03, 2009 5:56:00 PM , Blogger Scarlet W. Blue said...

    Tied. To. An. Effing. Fencepost. Left to die. WTF? If that's not hate, WTF is IT?

     
  • At Sunday, May 03, 2009 10:11:00 PM , Blogger Worried American said...

    It is HATE, that's all there was to it! IF the (bleepers) who committed this heinous crime did rob him, it was secondary, an after thought. I cannot image what his mother thought when that dingbat made such stupid comments. Hate crimes should be prosecuted as such.

     
  • At Monday, May 11, 2009 12:16:00 AM , Blogger opit said...

    Hate is engendered by mass media. Think about it. Would Rush Limbaugh have a job if he wasn't a sensationalist pandering to the lowest common denominator of people with no self-esteem to speak of ? They crave feeling superior : which is how you know pond scum.
    Here's an oldie from AlterNet quoting George Orwell..onetime propagandist for the MSM
    http://www.alternet.org/mediaculture/107326/former_news_radio_staffer_spills_the_beans_on_how_shock_jocks_inspire_hatred_and_anger/
    Opit's LinkFest! is http://my.opera.com/oldephartte/blog
    This one is at Links > Overton Window

     

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