Foxx says Crime Bill Named after Murder Victim is "a hoax"

In Crime, Gay Rights, legal issues/law/courts, politics, shameful, stupidity, Video on April 30, 2009 by Editor Z

U.S Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC,5) is facing criticism for remarks she made yesterday regarding legislation passed yesterday that would broaden the definition of hate crimes to include crimes where the victim is targeted because of their sexual orientation.

What is known as the Matthew Sheppard Act, named after a gay college student who in 1998 was picked up by two men who robbed him, before taking him out to a prairie, tying him to a fence and beating him to death; passed the U.S House. In the past it has been proposed by was defeated by conservative Republicans, Christian conservative activists, and clergy who believe that their opposition and denunciation of homosexuality could be interpreted as a hate crime and thereby infringe upon their first amendment rights.

Republicans reacted negatively to the passage of the bill. House Minority leader Rep. John Boenher (R-OH) said in an interview with the Washington Times that the legislation made him “want to throw-up”, though a spokesperson for Boehner later said he was expressing disgust with the broader Democratic legislative priorities. But it is the remarks of Foxx that are receiving the most attention and are the most shocking.

Glenn Thrush:

North Carolina Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx is questioning whether the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay University of Wyoming student, was a bias attack motivated by his sexual orientation.

Shepard’s mother Judy was in the gallery at the time, according to a senior Democratic aide.

The socially conservative Foxx, arguing against a new Democratic hate crimes bill that includes new protections for gays and lesbians, described the description of Shepard’s murder as a anti-homosexual attack a “hoax” — and questioned whether prior bias crime legislation should have been named after him.

“I also would like to point out that there was a bill — 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 that young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. It wasn’t because he was gay.”

She added: “This — the bill was named for him, hate crimes bill was named for him, but it’s really a hoax that that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills.

Disgusting and completely false! A statement by Foxx’s office later claimed that her statement as “a poor choice of words”. But it doesn’t seem by calling the heinous death of someone a”Hoax” to the face of that victim’s mother is beyond heartless. Its not a better choice of words she needs. But a scintilla of humanity and a conscience.

Its sentiment and cruelty like this that has diminished the Republican party to the husk of the organization that it is today. Not just gays, but their families, young voters, and nearly everyone with any type of heart is offended by and rightfully so. If talk like this and others. This rhetoric is a disgusting maneuver either motivated by at best sick political desires to tap the hate of a small minority or worse yet the blind hate of someone who forgets she is a Representative in esteemed elected office. If this keeps up, the Republican Party will be in the wilderness in perpetuity, which if they keep espousing such rhetoric will be the status they deserve.



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