Skip to comments.The Truth About Hate Crimes
Posted on 07/21/2009 4:10:39 AM PDT by Kaslin
Ill grant supporters of hate crimes legislation one thing: they certainly understand the tactical advantage of being hateful when accusing others of hate.
This weekend, after the Senate passed the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Bill, I posted several articles on Facebook and my blog questioning the claim that Matthew Shepard was murdered solely because he was gay.
Although the media and gay rights activists treat it as conventional wisdom, this claim has always been in dispute. Shepards murderers, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, admitted from the start that they were on a drug binge at the time of the killing. In 2004, McKinney told ABC News that Shepard's murder was not a homophobic hate crime, but a robbery gone wrong.
He was pretty well-dressed, had a wallet full of money, Aaron McKinney said of meeting Shepard. All I wanted to do was beat him up and rob him...Seemed like a good idea at the time.
Later that night, after assaulting Shepard, McKinney violently attacked two straight men. If homophobia was the only thing fueling McKinneys rage, what was the motive for his second round of assaults?
But dont raise these points with supporters of hate crimes legislation. After I posted the articles, I was called stupid and a hate monger. One commenterafter saying shed like to punch me in the faceclaimed that I was defending his killers who so brutally murdered him.
Thats not surprising. Supporters of hate legislation always accuse opponents of secretly cheering the crimes. After George W. Bush vetoed a hate crimes bill, the NAACP put out a campaign ad featuring the daughter of James Byrd, the victim of a racist murder in Texas. She said Bushs veto made her feel like her father was killed all over again.
The ad failed to mention that the killers had already been sentenced to death, making an additional conviction for hate less than worthless. In Shepards case, the judge in Wyomingthe supposedly knuckle-dragging, redneck, homophobic state that gave us Dick Cheneysentenced his killers to two consecutive life terms. (They were spared a death sentence after Shepards parents spoke out against it.)
When will hate legislation supporters acknowledge that the perpetrators of these crimes received the maximum punishmentwithout also being found guilty of hate? What is a hate crimes law supposed to accomplish that hasnt already been done?
A quote from Casper Star-Tribune reporter Jason Marsden might explain a few things. "We knew in the newsroom the day [Shepards murder] happened, this is going to be a huge story, this is going to attract international interest," Marsden told ABC. I remember one of my fellow reporters saying, 'this kid is going to be the new poster child for gay rights.
So there you have it. Hate legislation supporters have used Shepards murder as proof that gays are regularly targeted for their sexuality and need special protections under the lawprotections not granted to other victims. They fear that if the facts about the case are widely known, they will lose their poster child and their credibility.
And theyll use reckless charges of hate in order to keep the truth under wraps.
How dare you question the homofacist agenda.
You may be added to the DHS watch list if you keep that up.
The Truth About Hate Crimes
Is that pretty much all crime is generated by hate.
Except today for political purposes some groups want certain crimes listed as special crimes as part of their political agennda.
“How dare you question the homofacist agenda.
You may be added to the DHS watch list if you keep that up.”
Actually, I am willing to bet a nice steak dinner with anyone who wants to take it that there are numerous Freepers who are already on the DHS Watch list. I suspect that this site is monitored for certain key words that if occur, causes the writer of such words to be placed on the infamous list. Just a theory....
Talking facts to people that defend the perversion of homosexuality is worthless.
Perverted homosexuals want to force others to accept their perverted lifestyle choice. To achieve this perverted homosexuals will twist facts and spew hateful lies.
The old homosexual lie of tolerance is a perfect example.
They chant people should be tolerant of other lifestyle choice.
When a person states they will not accept a perversion such as homosexuality, these hypocritical homosexuals instantly start attacking with hateful insults.
Queers are perverts. I don’t hate them. I just think they should just shut it, and go ahead and die of AIDS if they want to. I couldn’t care less.