Can someone please explain to me why Judy Shepard has had to wait 10 long years to see whether Congress will pass legislation that will add "actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability" to Federal Hate Crime laws?
Honestly, how can anyone look this mother in the eye and tell her that her son was not the victim of a horrible crime because he was gay? Oh --- that's right, the Religious Right folks have no problem whatsoever telling her why her beloved son's murder should not be considered a hate crime.
From American Family Association:
America’s most basic freedoms of speech, conscience and the free exercise of religion are under attack and the time to act is now. If President Obama succeeds with his priority of passing the Hate Crimes law, H.R. 1913 - the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, it could lead to the criminalization of the Biblical view of homosexuality in sermons and elsewhere. An offended homosexual could accuse a pastor, Sunday School teacher of broadcaster of causing emotional injury simply by expressing the Biblical view that homosexuality is sinful. [sic]
I honestly didn't think it was possible, but these fear-mongering, hateful Christian frauds have actually managed to make the argument all about them and their possible victimization should this law get passed. And Matthew Shepard? Ah well he's just an inconvenient little detail they long ago swept under the rug.
These people make me ill.