During a House floor debate on hate crimes legislation, Foxx ridiculed the notion that Matthew Shepard was killed because he was gay, calling it “a hoax that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills.”She didn't say exactly why he was beaten, tied to a fence and left to freeze to death.
Oh, and she said all this while Shepard's mother was in the visitors' gallery. Really classy!
You may not like the idea of hate crimes, but if not, why aren't you working day and night to eliminate the ones we have (on race, religion, etc.). Or is it only Gay Hate Crime legislation you have a problem with?
Foxx of course "apologized" to everyone, and said "hoax" was a poor choice of words. (Gee, ya think?) No word on what she actually meant to say.
Of course she isn't the only bone headed politician. They are on both sides of the aisle. But she is the one today, suffering from terminal foot-in-mouth disease.
Hate is not a family value. Really.
And while I am certain that not all Republicans feel the way she does, she isn't in the minority. The Republican Party will fight against Gay Hate Crimes laws. They are perfectly happy with the ones we have, but new hate crimes laws will gut the constitution. They will fight to keep the Defense of Marriage Act, because they claim gay marriage kills straight marriage. (Can't you just feel the sanctity of your marriage being sucked dry by all those gay married couples in England, Israel, Canada, the New England states - mostly - the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and Spain, not to mention the couples with "civil unions" in most of Australia, states in Argentina and Brazil, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovenia, and Switzerland.) The Republicans will fight against the Employment Non-discrimination Act because it violates the sacred right of bosses to fire queers, or something. Do I need to mention Don't Ask, Don't Tell?
Tell me I am wrong. And then try and convince me.