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Republican Representative Virginia Foxx on Matthew Shepard and the Federal Hate Crimes Bill

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"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 the young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. It wasn’t because he was gay. The bill was named for him . . . but it’s really a hoax."

—Republican representative Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, on the approval by the House of Representatives Wednesday to include sexual orientation in the Federal Hate Crimes Bill. It's also known as the Matthew Shepard Act, for the University of Wyoming student who was tortured and murdered in Laramie, WY, in 1998 for being gay.


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GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 8 years
Anonymous- yes, lots of people are killed in horrific manners and it's ignored by the media and it's a shame. Then again, who wants to hear of such things anyway? Why should the media give attention to anyone who commits such awful crimes? In regards to Matthew Shephard....yes the bill is named after him, but it's not just about the one specific incident of hate he experienced. It's about a specific set of hundreds if not thousands of crimes that happen all over this country where people are attacked for being who they are, including being gay. What this bill says is, it's not okay to cause harm to someone just because you don't like who they love or how they look or are perceived by you.....arguing over the details of Matthew Shepard is pointless because it's about so much more than his specific incident. There needs to be laws on the books like this because defense attorneys can find ways to get around charges that are general enough to let the attackers walk free. What it does is establishes stipulations to prevent people who actually do such hateful things from walking away is that bad??
bransugar79 bransugar79 8 years
I she serious????
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I have questions about if qualifying some murders as hate crime is necessary, but that's not the point of this story or her comment! It's scary to think someone so uninformed is representing her state! I think her "excuse" was that she saw something on TV saying that what happened to Matthew Shepard wasn't hate crime....LOL she gets her information for what she heard on the news what ever happen to actually reading?
Fallen85 Fallen85 8 years
I remember the Matthew Shepard case... it was horrific. The cowards who beat Matthew with their fists and with the butt of a gun while he sat between them in a truck cab stole his mostly empty wallet and his shoes. They then proceeded to drag him out of their vehicle to a fence post in the middle of a field in the middle of No Where, Wyoming and tied him to the fence post way too tightly with twine. They tied him so tightly that the twine sunk into his skin. They then beat him even further and left him. He wasnt found for over 18 hours... and he was found completely by accident by a biker who fell off her bike after hitting a rock. He died in hospital 5 days later. He was 21. They approached him in the bar pretending to be gay, like him, and offered him a ride home. He trusted the kind strangers, he did nothing wrong. He was having a drink in his home town... minding his own damn business. The woman who said this is a disgrace to humanity and should resign. She should go through what Matthew Shepard went through and then say whether it was a hate crime or if they were just desperate for some sneakers. Disgusting.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
What a ridiculous statement. She should be embarrassed.
sham28 sham28 8 years
Mama, I think you have a good point. But I don't think she was trying to express the concern that you did about the "hate" title negating the hate in a non- prejudice- driven murder, I think she was just trying to dismiss Shephard's case as having no basis in discrimination. Someone would have had to hold me back from smacking her if I was his mother. Why did she use the word "hoax?" Ugh, what an awful, insensitive woman.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
I think adding additional punishment for "hate" crimes is redundant.... if a white man tortures and kills another white man, is it any less motivated by hate than if he kills a black man? I am glad people recognize that we should all be equal, but this seems like it punishes people for what they MIGHT be thinking based on differences between the victim and perpetrator. I think it instills discrimination and segregation in our legal system and I don't like it.
MrsRachel MrsRachel 8 years
I don't know enough about this case....but I did read some stuff that would back up Ms. Foxx.... Just say'n.
imLissy imLissy 8 years
woah, wtf??? A hoax??? Because there aren't enough hate crimes and we have to invent them? Someone shoulda slapped her
hope2be hope2be 8 years
WTF? I was eating when I read that and I almost choked on my food! Didn't she read/hear about the case at all? What a jerk for saying that and in front of the dead son's mom too. Why was she saying that anyway? margo, what I got is she said it was a robbery (not by Shepard, but by the two nuts who murdered and tortured Shepard), but saying that it's a ...hoax, just....oh words escape me. Ugh.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
Ugh. People can be real idiots and so untactful...I feel for Matthew Shepard's mom. To be told that your son was tortured and killed because he committed a crime and NOT because of his sexual orientation, which is obviously a hate crime...Foxx had no right to go on like that, especially not in front of her. Even if what she's saying was true, there's NO REASON for anyone to be tortured and killed for anything, even stealing. That's why we HAVE law enforcement and a penal system. Private citizens don't get to become the police just because.
misshk misshk 8 years
omg i just about spit out my drink when i read that lol... she obviously has been misinformed!!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Whoa nutbag.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
She said this in the presence of Matthew Shephard's MOTHER.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Was she on crack when she said that? Totally out of touch with reality.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Oh gosh... really, lady? NC intellect at its best.
telewyo telewyo 8 years
I'm always amazed when elected officials say the most ignorant, horrible the heck did they get elected!?
angell23 angell23 8 years
!!! There's just no words...
pinkerbell03 pinkerbell03 8 years
I have never had the urge to punch an old woman in the face. Until now.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Good lord.
GKitty GKitty 8 years
Matthew Shepard's mother was present when she said it!
xtinabeena xtinabeena 8 years
this is so sad and frustrating.
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