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As much damage as the Obama administration had done in its first 99 days, Congress packed plenty of punch into its 100th day as the House helped the President check “hate crimes” legislation off the wish list.
By a 249-175 vote, the liberal leadership delivered on its promise to create special protections for people based on their sexual behavior, gender identity, or disabilities. In addition to whom the bill would protect, it also adjusts where the victims are eligible for protections.
In its current form, H.R. 1913 would overturn a prior rule that the victim of a hate crime had to be attacked while they were “engaged in a federally protected activity.” Under the new language, Washington can intervene in just about any local or state crime.
Because the bill doesn’t define the term “sexual orientation,” some fear that pedophiles and practitioners of other bizarre sexual fetishes would try to claim protection under it. Democrats refused to amend the bill to explicitly exclude such “orientations.” If convicted, any American found guilty of a hate crime would face punishment above and beyond the original offense.
North Carolina’s Rep. Virginia Foxx tried to point out the absurdity of this caste system on the House floor on Wednesday. To the disgust of the homosexual crowd, she even took on the bill’s “martyr,” Matthew Shepherd, whom the Left holds up as an example of why federal hate crimes legislation is necessary.
“The hate crimes bill that’s called the Matthew Shepherd 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…” Rep. Foxx was referring to statements made to ABC’s 20/20 by the local authorities, who investigated the crime and stated that Shepherd’s death was actually the result of drug abuse by Shepherd’s attacker, Aaron McKinny – not Shepherd’s homosexuality.
In “ABC Debunked Matthew Shepard Murder as No Hate Crime, MSNBC Savages Republican for Repeating”, News Busters notes the testimony of Elizabeth Vargas of ABC, who appeared on The O-Reily Factor and summarized her findings:
“The prosecutor who prosecuted these crimes says that he never believed it was a hate crime. He believes it was a drug crime. Aaron McKinney, according to Aaron McKinney himself and to several other witnesses, was coming down from a five-day methamphetamine binge. He freely admits he not only used methamphetamine but dealt them, sold them. Five days up with no sleep, strung out on drugs, desperate to buy more, desperate to rob somebody to get money to buy more drugs. This was the motive, according to Aaron McKinney and the other witnesses.”
Since Wednesday, Foxx has been publicly skewered for her comments, largely by homosexuals who want desperately to bury the truth about that crime so that Shepherd’s story can be used to galvanize support for their push to silence dissent from their agenda.
The Left certainly has a right to their “feelings,” but they don’t have a right to their own “facts.”
Foxx deserves credit for her courageous opposition to H.R. 1913. “I know Rep. Virginia Foxx from her days as a State Senator in the North Carolina General Assembly,” said Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “She’s not a mean-spirited person as she’s been characterized by the Left. She’s real!
She’s committed to the truth. She shares our Christian values. It’s a sad day when someone like her is made out to be the bad guy.”
This story was adapted by permission from the April 30, 2009 edition of “Washington Update,” of the Family Research Council.
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