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Students perform play based on hate crime (A PC gay hate crime).
Bucks County Courier Times ^ | February 24th, 2005 | Naomi Jenkins

Posted on 02/24/2005 8:28:51 AM PST by 2banana

Students perform play based on hate crime By NAOMI L. JENKINS Bucks County Courier Times

Middletown - Matthew Shepard, 21, had been a University of Wyoming student for only a few months when he was the victim of a hate crime in 1998.

Few in the town of Laramie knew him as well as his former roommate and good friend Romaine Patterson. The two previously lived together in Denver.

She talked publicly about Shepard, who was gay, for three minutes at a vigil the day after he died - five days after the attack.

"Once I got up and spoke about Matthew, my life was changed because the national media had my name, and my phone rang constantly after that," Patterson told drama students at George School in Middletown.

She told the students that if she started crying before the crowd of 5,000 strangers at the vigil, she knew she wouldn't stop, so she fought back the tears.

The George School students have studied and rehearsed for four months for their play, "The Laramie Project,'' based on the murder. The drama recounts Shepard's brutal slaying at the hands of Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson on the outskirts of Laramie, a cattle town in Wyoming.

The two men are serving life sentences for the crime. They met Shepard, who stood just 5 feet, 2 inches tall, in a Laramie bar, pretended to be gay and then lured him to their pickup truck. They drove to a secluded area where they pistol-whipped, burned and robbed him. Shepard was found 18 hours later, tied to a fence and left for dead.

Like a documentary, the play recounts the crime. The actors portray Laramie residents who give their opinions of the attack.

Directed by acting teacher Nelson Camp, students will perform "The Laramie Project" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the George School's Walton Center.

Debbie Lo, 17, portrays Patterson in the play.

"I'm honored to be able to play her because I think she's a very, very important person in the play, very courageous, very brave," Debbie said.

She hopes the play will make people think twice about how they judge others.

"I don't think enough people stand up and talk about an issue like this," Debbie said. "Hopefully they will realize how serious hate crimes are because it's not just somebody else's problem. It affects all of us."

Another student, Alley Mazzullo, 16, said the play is funny at times but poignant and educational.

She portrays a pastor's wife who doesn't condone homosexuality but is horrified by Shepard's murder.

"I think I've learned that even though people are not accepting [of others], they still value life," Alley said. "I want the audience to see there's a ton of different people out there. You can't just discriminate against one group because there are different types of people within that group."

Teachers said the play forces students to confront homophobia.

"It's been a powerful experience already," said Carolyn Belle Lyday, a religion teacher and adviser for the school's gay and lesbian club. "It helps people be honest about how they really feel."

Patterson, who lives in Brooklyn, worked for various gay and lesbian activist groups before founding an organization called Angel Action, which holds peaceful demonstrations. She travels the nation giving speeches and is a satellite radio talk show co-host for a 24-hour gay talk channel. Her show is called "Derek and Romaine."

"I love it. I talk to a lot of straight people every day on satellite radio. That is a form of activism that's very new to me," Patterson said.

She told kids she didn't set out to be an activist, she just wanted to do what was right.

"When you hear something that doesn't sit right with you, say something. That's what activism is. You don't have to scream or yell," Patterson said.

Patterson wished she'd have done more of that during her teen years that were especially difficult.

She came "out of the closet" at age 13 in her tiny home town of Ranchester, Wyoming, which has about 670 residents.

"A lot of people I'd known all my life suddenly didn't want to be my friend anymore," she said. "By the time I was 16, I had two bleeding ulcers and I had dropped from 140 pounds to 103. It was so stressful."

A girl in her high school used to follow her around reading the Bible to her.

Patterson said she wished that instead of ignoring that student, she would have turned and said, " 'That hurts my feelings. You're making me feel bad.' Sometimes people do these things and they don't think about how it feels."

Naomi Jenkins can be reached at 215-949-4190 or at


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda; indoctrination; laramieproject; matthewshepard; pcplays; school; sham
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We can teach this crap but not one word on Jesus or God or morality or the Bible or etc...
1 posted on 02/24/2005 8:28:56 AM PST by 2banana
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To: 2banana

Yeah, just ignore that entire ABC 20/20 investigation four months ago where they completely debunked the "hate crime" myth. No need for facts when liberal ideology is at stake.

http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=277685&page=1

Qwinn


2 posted on 02/24/2005 8:33:41 AM PST by Qwinn
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To: 2banana
... he was the victim of a hate crime ...

I remember seeing an network (ABC?) special about the Shepard attack a few months ago. And they implied/stated that it had nothing to do with homophobia but instead the reason for the assult was a simple as the attacker high was on crystal meth and looking for money.

3 posted on 02/24/2005 8:34:00 AM PST by Sinner6
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To: 2banana

its not a phobia to revile an aberant lifestyle...disgust may explain it....but disgust is not fear......


4 posted on 02/24/2005 8:34:23 AM PST by Vaquero
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To: Qwinn

The "Laramie Project" is a nationwide HS effort by the teacher's unions. They are doing the same in our town.


5 posted on 02/24/2005 8:36:16 AM PST by wtc911 ("I would like at least to know his name.")
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To: 2banana
Wasn't one of the guys convicted of his murder recently on TV talking about it had nothing to do with the fact Shepherd was a homosexual? Did that matter to any of these people? His murder was tragic but then most murders are tragic. Hate crime? Is there such a thing as a "love crime"? This girl "came out" when she was 13???? What does a 13 year old know about anything? Homosexuality is perversion. Homosexuality is a sin. Is that hard to understand?
6 posted on 02/24/2005 8:36:51 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: Qwinn

Guess they did not get the memo.


7 posted on 02/24/2005 8:37:46 AM PST by deepFR
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To: 2banana

Agreed! The enlightened educators and the "Already captured liberal establishment and the press" want America
to Ignore the fact that the crime was the murderers were on
drug binge and looking to rob somebody. My daughter has more experience with the Meth freaks than I but she said they had to be "tweaked" Or they wouldn't have beat him
to near death. Not a word about the drug abuse-- or the fact that joyboy -offered them drugs. But that wouldn't be PC would it.Wouldn't advance their cause .


8 posted on 02/24/2005 8:38:40 AM PST by StonyBurk
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To: 2banana

I wonderer if they will also put on a play about this hate-crime which has largely been ignored in MSM:

Court-Martial Records Link Killing to Sex
The Associated Press
http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/1-12182004-419215.html

RALEIGH, N.C. - A National Guardsman who pleaded guilty to killing a 17-year-old Iraqi soldier said he shot the young man after they had consensual sex in a guard tower, a newspaper reported Saturday, citing court-martial records.

Pvt. Federico Daniel Merida, 21, pleaded guilty to murder without premeditation and other charges during a court-martial in Iraq in September.

Merida was sentenced Sept. 25 to 25 years in prison and reduced in rank and will be dishonorably discharged. He is being held at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., a Leavenworth spokeswoman said.

Army officials at Forward Operating Base Danger, where the court-martial was held in Iraq, had previously withheld details of the case.

However, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Saturday that records show Merida and the Iraqi were on guard duty May 11 in a tower on the perimeter of an Army camp near Tikrit in northern Iraq. At about 10:30 p.m., Merida shot the teen 11 times with his carbine.



Merida first told investigators the teen demanded money at gunpoint. Later, he said he killed the boy because he forced him to have sex. In a third interview, Merida said he got angry after the two had consensual sex.

Merida also pleaded guilty to two counts of giving false statements.

Merida apologized to the victim's family during the court-martial, records show. "He was a son, a brother, someone very important to them," he said. "I took someone they loved and cared for."

Merida, who was born in Veracruz, Mexico, has a wife and toddler son.

He was a member of the 113th Field Artillery Battalion's Battery B, based in Monroe.


December 18, 2004 2:46 PM


10 posted on 02/24/2005 8:40:28 AM PST by deepFR
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To: 2banana
They just aren't going to let go of the Matthew Shepard thing!

News to libs: Hey, this just in!

The murder was motivated by robbery!

(ABC News story, from Nov, 2004)

So, ignoring all evidence to the contrary, libs maintain that it was a Hate CrimeTM, because the victime was gay. Pathetic.

11 posted on 02/24/2005 8:42:23 AM PST by TChris (Most people's capability for inference is severely overestimated)
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To: 2banana

[i]She came "out of the closet" at age 13 [/i]

My mom is a teacher at a New England prep school and tells this story. One girl was a very proud lesbian. She was very athletic and starred in multiple sports. A couple years later her younger sister who is an equally good athlete comes to the school. She too proudly announces that she is a lesbian.

Next year the older sister goes off to college and on Thanksgiving break brings back a boyfriend that she is madly in love with. The younger sister was heartbroken and cried for days. She'd spent her whole life emulating her older sister, even to the point of becoming lesbian.


12 posted on 02/24/2005 8:45:04 AM PST by Jibaholic
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To: 2banana

[i]She came "out of the closet" at age 13 [/i]

My mom is a teacher at a New England prep school and tells this story. One girl was a very proud lesbian. She was very athletic and starred in multiple sports. A couple years later her younger sister who is an equally good athlete comes to the school. She too proudly announces that she is a lesbian.

Next year the older sister goes off to college and on Thanksgiving break brings back a boyfriend that she is madly in love with. The younger sister was heartbroken and cried for days. She'd spent her whole life emulating her older sister, even to the point of becoming lesbian.


13 posted on 02/24/2005 8:45:12 AM PST by Jibaholic
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To: 2banana

[i]She came "out of the closet" at age 13 [/i]

My mom is a teacher at a New England prep school and tells this story. One girl was a very proud lesbian. She was very athletic and starred in multiple sports. A couple years later her younger sister who is an equally good athlete comes to the school. She too proudly announces that she is a lesbian.

Next year the older sister goes off to college and on Thanksgiving break brings back a boyfriend that she is madly in love with. The younger sister was heartbroken and cried for days. She'd spent her whole life emulating her older sister, even to the point of becoming lesbian.


14 posted on 02/24/2005 8:45:15 AM PST by Jibaholic
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To: Jibaholic

doh! Used Invision markup in my last post ...


15 posted on 02/24/2005 8:45:56 AM PST by Jibaholic
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To: 2banana

Another idea for a hate-crime play the school could put on:

Massachusetts v. Charles Jaynes

"Molestation Murder Trial"
http://www.courttv.com/archive/verdicts/jaynes.html

On the afternoon of October 1, 1997, 10-year-old Jeffrey Curley told his grandmother, "I have to go do something. I'll be back in a little while." Then he left her Cambridge, Ma. house. His grandmother would be the last one to see him alive.

When Curley did not come home that evening, his family, their neighbors and police organized a large scale search. They also distributed flyers with the boy's picture.


The next day Salvatore Sicari, Curley's neighbor and adult "friend," arrived at the Curleys' home with a handful of the flyers. He expressed his concern over the boy's disappearance and offered his assistance. Sicari also began to speak to Cambridge police, offering bits of information.

Sicari told police that he had last seen Curley on the morning of October 1, when Curley had threatened him with his dog. Sicari said that he told Curley that he would kill the dog if the boy didn't stop.

After that encounter, Sicari said, he met up with Charles Jaynes. Sicari told authorities that he had seen Curley riding in Jaynes' Cadillac in the past. He also claimed that Jaynes had promised Curley a bicycle. He had warned Curley to stay away from Jaynes, Sicari told police.

Jaynes was contacted by Cambridge police on October 2. While he denied knowing Curley, he was arrested on an outstanding warrant and taken into custody. In Jaynes' wallet, police found four receipts for items purchased with a credit card bearing his father's name: Edward Jaynes. The items included a receipt from Bradlees for a Rubbermaid container, a receipt from Home Depot for cement and lime, a receipt for a bicycle and a receipt from an Osco Drug Store for cigars and No-Doz pills.


All of these purchases were made on the day of Curley's disappearance. When questioned, Jaynes said that he knew Curley, but denied seeing him on the day the boy disappeared.

Sicari was contacted again by Cambridge police and continued to provide details. In his statement, Sicari described the killing. While he drove Jaynes' Cadillac, he explained, the 250-pound Jaynes sat on Curley in the back seat. As Curley struggled, Jaynes allegedly told him, "Don't fight it." Jaynes then placed a gasoline soaked rag to the boy's mouth and held it there, killing him, Sicari said.

After the killing, Sicari told police, he and Jaynes drove to numerous stores to buy the items necessary to dispose of Curley's body. Video cameras in two of the stores captured the men at the checkout counter purchasing a Rubbermaid container, a bag of lime and a bag of concrete. The men then left Massachusetts and drove north to Jaynes' apartment in Manchester, New Hampshire. There, according to Sicari, Jaynes took off Curley's clothes and molested the boy's dead body. The sight of this made him ill, said Sicari. When he ran to the bathroom, Jaynes told him, "Don't be a baby. Come out here and help me -- he's starting to stiffen up."

Sicari then admitted to helping Jaynes prepare the body. First they placed Curley's body in the cement-filled Rubbermaid container, put lime on his face and in his mouth to speed decomposition, and sealed the container with duct tape. Then they drove to Maine, where they dumped the container into a river, Sicari said.

Prosecutors believed that Sicari and Jaynes lured Curley into Jaynes' Cadillac with the promise of $50 and a bicycle. One or both of the men allegedly made sexual advances towards the boy, then suffocated him when he resisted.

Prosecutor David Yanetti said it didn't matter which man physically performed the kidnapping and murder. Even if it was Jaynes who actually kidnapped and murdered Curley, Sicari is equally culpable because he intended to commit the crimes and assisted Jaynes in carrying them out, Yanetti insisted.

Sicari maintained that it was Jaynes, a self-admitted pedophile, who killed Curley. Sicari claimed he in no way cooperated with Jaynes or shared in any intent. Sicari also said it was Jaynes who later molested Curley's dead body. The defendant conceded, however, that he did nothing to prevent the killing, that he helped Jaynes prepare Curley's body for disposal, and helped Jaynes dump Curley's corpse into the river. He also admitted that he initially lied to police.

Furthermore, Sicari's defense claimed there are insufficient grounds to warrant the kidnapping charge. Defense attorney Arthur Kelly said Curley had been in Jaynes' Cadillac many times, and there was no evidence to suggest that the boy didn't voluntarily enter the car on the day of the killing.

However, Jaynes pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and first-degree murder. He denied killing Curley and claimed that Sicari lied to police. Because the defendants' stories about Curley's death differed, separate trials were ordered. Sicari was convicted of kidnapping and first-degree murder before Jaynes went to trial.

The Verdict
On December 11, Charles Jaynes was convicted of Second Degree Murder and Kidnapping.

Reported by Court TV's Felice Conte


16 posted on 02/24/2005 8:48:25 AM PST by deepFR
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To: Qwinn

Further proof homosexuals are out to recruit ALL children, either as fresh meat, or as useful idiots.


17 posted on 02/24/2005 8:50:55 AM PST by papertyger
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To: 2banana
This from page 3 of the ABC article:

Prosecutor Rerucha recalls that Shepard's friends also contacted his office. Rerucha told "20/20," "They were calling the County Attorney's office, they were calling the media and indicating Matthew Shepard is gay and we don't want the fact that he is gay to go unnoticed."

I have to wonder, if the attackers had been muslim and the victim a straight, white male, would it have been reported thusly (bolding by me):

Prosecutor Rerucha recalls that Shepard's friends also contacted his office. Rerucha told "20/20," "They were calling the County Attorney's office, they were calling the media and indicating Matthew Shepard is a straight, white male and his attackers are muslim. We don't want the fact that his attackers are muslim to go unnoticed."

Something tells me that at that point we would hear how we can't report that he was muslim since it may inflame the muslim community or some other garbage.

In any case, this is a terrible crime these two committed. That it wasn't really a hate crime does not do a whole lot to lessen that in my eyes.

That the MSM hooked onto the gay angle and it became gospel truth is not surprising in the least.

19 posted on 02/24/2005 8:52:04 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (Liberal tagline: Work harder! Millions on welfare depend on you!)
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To: ZellsBells

Note about the girl following her around reading the Bible:

It hurt her feelings.....truth hurts...can't hurt her
feelings...That's why they can't allow God in schools.
because people's "FEELINGS" get hurt.


20 posted on 02/24/2005 8:59:46 AM PST by jusduat (I am a strange and recurring anomaly)
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To: Vaquero
its not a phobia to revile an aberant lifestyle...disgust may explain it....but disgust is not fear......

You're missing the point. It's not to identify; the point is to attack confidence and self-esteem. Little girls have been doing it to each other for as long as there have been little girls. It's artful, indirect, aggression designed to injure psychologically without triggering a defensable physical retaliation.

22 posted on 02/24/2005 9:02:07 AM PST by papertyger
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To: 2banana; scripter; little jeremiah; DirtyHarryY2K; Born Conservative; lentulusgracchus; ...
BTTT


Homosexual Agenda: Categorical Index of Links (Version 1.1)


What We Can Do To Help Defeat the "Gay" Agenda


Myth and Reality about Homosexuality--Sexual Orientation Section, Guide to Family Issues"

23 posted on 02/24/2005 9:05:42 AM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: papertyger

I was just describing my theory on the incorrect usage of the word homophobia.....

There are no such things as hate crimes...just crimes of violence and as soon as we just prosecute people for the crimes of violence and stop trying to be mind police the better off the country will be.....

I dont understand how the little girl analogy fits here???


24 posted on 02/24/2005 9:08:38 AM PST by Vaquero
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To: TChris

If Matthew Shepherd's death was motivated by drugs and robbery, then there's no "cause" to rally behind. Matthew Shepherd is a BIG cause in the gay community. He may be their biggest martyr. They'll NEVER give him up. They'll never accept he was probably killed because some junkie wanted money.


25 posted on 02/24/2005 9:08:52 AM PST by Electrowoman
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To: DirtyHarryY2K
One for the list. Stuff I can't help commenting on:

"I think I've learned that even though people are not accepting [of others], they still value life," Alley said.

As though conservatives who condemn same sex propaganda don't "value life."

"I want the audience to see there's a ton of different people out there. You can't just discriminate against one group because there are different types of people within that group."

Pure unadulterated gobbledy gook, spoken as though it made any sense whatsoever. These people have a serious mental illness.

Teachers said the play forces students to confront homophobia.

Anyone notice how the teachers are practically 100% behind the homo-indoctrination here? Notice that "homophobia" is now the Great Satan?

"It's been a powerful experience already," said Carolyn Belle Lyday, a religion teacher and adviser for the school's gay and lesbian club.

Note the RELIGION teacher is the gay and lesbian club advisor.

"It helps people be honest about how they really feel."

Folks, the world has gone mad. There's nothing more to say. Resistence to evil is now absolutely necessary, or we are as guilty as those promoting evil.

27 posted on 02/24/2005 9:12:51 AM PST by little jeremiah
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To: complex
Do you not think it's just as possible that the drug addicts lied about it because they realised that the liberal media were going to crucify them for killing someone simply for being gay?

No.

It's happened a million times, it happens all the time.

No it doesn't.

What is so outlandish about someone being killed for being gay?

Because physical assault, let alone murder, in any form is deviant in this culture.

People hate homosexuals everywhere, if this thread is proof of anything it's proof of that.

Circular reasoning. If your thesis were incorrect, what evidence would you accept proving that fact?

29 posted on 02/24/2005 9:18:08 AM PST by papertyger
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To: EdReform
"By the time I was 16, I had two bleeding ulcers and I had dropped from 140 pounds to 103. It was so stressful." ....couldn't be because you chose a unhealthy vile lifestyle could it????

No blame it on the homophobes.

30 posted on 02/24/2005 9:18:12 AM PST by SweetCaroline (I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me...Philippians 4:13)
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To: complex

Actually, it is kindness to tell the truth that homosexual behavior is unnatural, unhealthy and immoral. It is also GREAT kindness to tell the truth that no one has to be "gay".

It is cruelty to indoctrinate young kids into the "gay" life - condemning them to an early death, deviant promiscuity, sex practices which are wildly unhealthy and cause innumerable diseases, and lead to emotional problems. Condemning them to the loneliness of never having a real family. Enslaving them with the lie that they are "born that way".

BTW, the killers would have had less hatred aimed at them if they had admitted at the outset that the murder was about drugs and theft rather than homosexuality. So why were they silent? Lawyers told them to be silent.

Oh - and Buh Bye.


31 posted on 02/24/2005 9:27:19 AM PST by little jeremiah
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To: ZellsBells

Not so much weeping as - well, seriously po'ed.

Turn the other cheek is for personal insults. Not when people are trying to destroy the foundation of all morality.

Good to "see" you!


32 posted on 02/24/2005 9:30:50 AM PST by little jeremiah
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To: ZellsBells

Sometimes I do, actually.


33 posted on 02/24/2005 9:31:51 AM PST by little jeremiah
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To: Qwinn; All
Additional documentation posted here.
34 posted on 02/24/2005 9:38:19 AM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: deepFR

HMMMM - where was the outcry of hollywood and libs and the gayrights for the murder of this young child.

Oh yeah - it wasn't a hate crime because the victim wasn't gay


36 posted on 02/24/2005 9:42:26 AM PST by Glacier Honey
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To: Electrowoman

Exactly. They used his death to promote their cause. If I were his family, I would be outraged


38 posted on 02/24/2005 9:44:42 AM PST by Glacier Honey
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To: Vaquero
I dont understand how the little girl analogy fits here???

It was not an analogy; it was an example.

Females are much more averse to risking physical injury than males. That doesn't mean they are any less aggressive. It does mean they employ techniques that injure without posing a physical threat, so normally they are immune to physical retaliation for said injury.

Homosexual activists, indeed leftist of all stripes, employ the same kind of techniques.

Deviants are limited in number by definition. To employ direct physical aggression as a rule would be suicidal for them. Using this technique also has an added benefit; so long as the person using it does not become physical, and has no concern for the opinion of the victim, there is literally nothing the victim can do defend themself.

39 posted on 02/24/2005 9:45:14 AM PST by papertyger
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To: Vaquero
I dont understand how the little girl analogy fits here???

It was not an analogy; it was an example.

Females are much more averse to risking physical injury than males. That doesn't mean they are any less aggressive. It does mean they employ techniques that injure without posing a physical threat, so normally they are immune to physical retaliation for said injury.

Homosexual activists, indeed leftist of all stripes, employ the same kind of techniques.

Deviants are limited in number by definition. To employ direct physical aggression as a rule would be suicidal for them. Using this technique also has an added benefit; so long as the person using it does not become physical, and has no concern for the opinion of the victim, there is literally nothing the victim can do defend themself.

40 posted on 02/24/2005 9:51:00 AM PST by papertyger
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To: complex
What group is responsible for killing more queers than any other? Look at your big gay quilt. It's their fellow homos'. Whats their weapon of choice? I think you know, don't you?
41 posted on 02/24/2005 9:53:23 AM PST by zygoat
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To: zygoat
What group is responsible for killing more queers than any other? Look at your big gay quilt. It's their fellow homos'. Whats their weapon of choice? I think you know, don't you?....RIGHT ON!!
43 posted on 02/24/2005 10:14:59 AM PST by SweetCaroline (I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me...Philippians 4:13)
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To: Electrowoman

If Matthew Shepherd's death was motivated by drugs and robbery, then there's no "cause" to rally behind.


Indeed. It should be known as The Lie of Laramie.

44 posted on 02/24/2005 10:24:43 AM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: complex; papertyger; SweetCaroline

Incidentally I think that it's just as possible that Mathew Sheppard's attackers did it because he was gay AND because they wanted the money, why does it only have to be about one thing?


An excerpt from "New Details Emerge in Matthew Shepard Murder"

"Former Laramie Police Detective Ben Fritzen, one of the lead investigators in the case, also believed robbery was the primary motive. "Matthew Shepard's sexual preference or sexual orientation certainly wasn't the motive in the homicide," he said.

"If it wasn't Shepard, they would have found another easy target. What it came down to really is drugs and money and two punks that were out looking for it," Fritzen said.

Asked directly whether he targeted and attacked Shepard because he was gay, McKinney told Vargas, "No. I did not. … I would say it wasn't a hate crime. All I wanted to do was beat him up and rob him."

But if the attackers were just trying to rob someone to get a drug fix, why did they beat Shepard so savagely?

Rerucha attributes McKinney's rage and his savage beating of Shepard to his drug abuse. "The methamphetamine just fueled to this point where there was no control. It was a horrible, horrible, horrible murder. It was a murder that was once again driven by drugs," Rerucha said.

Dr. Rick Rawson, a professor at UCLA who has studied the link between methamphetamine and violence, tells "20/20" the drug can trigger episodes of violent behavior.

"In the first weeks after you've stopped using it, the kinds of triggers that can set off an episode are completely unpredictable. It can be: you say a word with the wrong inflection, you touch someone on the shoulder. It's completely unpredictable as to what will set somebody off" Rawson said.

"If Aaron McKinney had not become involved with methamphetamine, Matthew Shepard would be alive today," Rerucha said..."


45 posted on 02/24/2005 10:39:16 AM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: complex
They planned on robbing him in the first place. According to the convict, coming down from Methamphetamine makes you uncontrollably violent. I don't think its a stretch to say that these guys did what they did without regard to Sheppard's sexuality.

Is it possible that they attacked him because he was gay? Sure. Is it possible that they were going to attack him anyway and hit him a few more times because he was gay? Sure. Problem is, they say it was not motivated by Sheppard's sexuality and only they know why they really did what they did.

We cannot know, beyond a reasonable doubt, which parts of the attack were motivated by the victim's sexuality. In the end we are all just guessing.

46 posted on 02/24/2005 10:46:08 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (Liberal tagline: Work harder! Millions on welfare depend on you!)
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To: complex
Are you really claiming that no-one has ever been killed for being gay? That no-one has ever killed another person simply because they hated the fact that he was a homosexual? If that's what you're saying then I think you're just wrong.

Why is it n00bs never seem to be able to distinguish between a single incidence, and a general rule? Do you think you gain any credibility by claiming something occurs all the time, and answering challenges to that claim by asking if it ever happened once?

You can believe what you want, but when I see someone who reacts like Pavlov's dog, I don't expend much effort looking for another reason besides "conditioned response"... particularly when the other reason requires gross hyperbole to support it.

47 posted on 02/24/2005 10:48:54 AM PST by papertyger
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To: Personal Responsibility
A crime is a crime. Yes, people are killed for being gay, a minority, white, children, elderly, religion.....

How do you tell the mother of a child who has been kidnapped, raped and murdered that it is not a hate crime.

To have a more serious penalty for a "hate crime" to me, tells the victims of other murders that their loved one's assailant does not deserve the same punishment.

I think 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree penalties of crime, although not perfect, best fits our judicial system.
49 posted on 02/24/2005 11:11:56 AM PST by Glacier Honey
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