Hate Crimes Bill Debate: Rep. Virginia Foxx Calls Matthew Shepard “Hoax” (Video)
April 29, 2009 by Bryan
Today during debate in the U.S. House on the hate crimes bill, I watched as Rep. Virgina Foxx (R – North Carolina) say the following about Matthew Shepard whom she calls a “hoax”. I’d sure love to say that to the face of Judy, Matthew’s mother.
If you didn’t vote for this bill — against this bill and against this rule for anything else, you could vote against it because we are spending additional money.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: The cost of this bill is ridiculously low. Rep. Foxx should have done her homework. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that implementing H.R. 1913 would cost about $10 million over the 2010-2014 period]
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. 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.
Ignorance is bliss I guess. Now let’s face the reality of what we in the real world call facts.
During the trial, Chastity Pasley and Kristen Price (the pair’s then-girlfriends) testified under oath that Henderson and McKinney both plotted beforehand to rob a gay man. McKinney and Henderson then went to the Fireside Lounge and selected Shepard as their target. McKinney alleged that Shepard asked them for a ride home. After befriending him, they took him to a remote area of Laramie where they robbed him, beat him severely (media reports often contained the graphic account of the pistol whipping and his smashed skull), and tied him to a fence with a rope from McKinney’s truck. Shepard begged for his life. Both girlfriends also testified that neither McKinney nor Henderson was under the influence of drugs at the time. The beating was so severe that the only areas on Shepard’s face that were not covered in blood were those where his tears had washed the blood stains away.
The hate crimes bill will shortly be voted on in the U.S. House and is expected to pass.
One thing we’re sure isn’t a hoax is that only one in five Americans now consider themselves Republicans.
Here’s the video of the sweet little swine.