NC Rep Foxx Claims Matthew Shepherd Murder a Hoax

Homophobic, Misinformed Rep Fox from NC

Homophobic, Misinformed Rep Foxx from NC

Here is another example as to why the Republican party is so out of touch with the rest of the world. While the federal LGBT-inclusive hate-crimes bill was being passed in the House yesterday, Republican representative Virginia Foxx of North Carolina felt the need to take to the floor and exclaim the following:

“The bill was 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 robbery,” Foxx said on the House floor. “It wasn’t because he was gay. The bill was named for him, the hate-crimes bill was named for him, but it’s, it’s really a hoax, that that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills.”…

Yes, she actually said this. On the house floor. With reporters watching. As if she just let the cat out of the bag. As if a hate-crimes bill was a bad thing. In front of Matthew Shepherd’s mother. What can I say? How can one defend such stupid, misinformed arrogance? Where does she get her facts?

And I am not the only one who is so digusted with Foxx’s comments. Keith Olbermann called her the “Worst Person in the World.” In a very heated statement, he said, “There is no excuse for Congresswoman Foxx’s remarks. She is at best callous, insensitive, criminally misinformed. At worst she is a bald-faced liar.”

On Hardball, Joan Walsh said to Chris Matthews, “She’s a hoax, Chris. She disgraced herself today. That was inaccurate. And what I really don’t know is whether she’s lying – she knows the facts and she’s lying – or whether she’s so ignorant and arrogant that she didn’t need to delve into the facts. And the thing that really pains me about this is that she said all this with Judy Shepard, Matthew Shepard’s mother, sitting right there.”

Matthews went on to say, “…we know what the story is, this young guy was in a bar. He was picked up by two fellows, they came in and portrayed themselves as gay, thinking that he was gay, and luring him out into the countryside where they basically just crucified the kid. They beat him up, they pistol-whipped him, they tied him to a fence so he would die of exposure. It wasn’t the crime you commit just to cover up the evidence. It looks like a hate crime, and, by the way, I was just at the University of Wyoming at Laramie for a whole day last week, and they are very, very sensitive about the whole issue and very concerned about gay rights from what I could tell out there.”


I guess the news reports, the books, the movies, the play just weren’t enough to conivince you, Representative Foxx. Perhaps in your world most robbers torture their victims and leave them hanging on a fence to die. But in the REAL world, we know the difference. And that’s why we need this hate-crimes bill, to not only protect people from viscious hate crimes but to protect them from people like you, homophobic misinformed elected officials who are supposed to protect us, not fight against those protections. Shame on you!


4 thoughts on “NC Rep Foxx Claims Matthew Shepherd Murder a Hoax

  1. how horrifying. it is bad enough that there are bigots that would kill someone just because he was gay, but then to have someone not only attempt to take away the little bit of meaning from matthew shephard’s death in that hate crime laws have now popped up throughout the country and then to take it a step further by defaming his memory and label the victim as a criminal. her statement literally turns my stomach. after hearing about foxx’s comments, i have searched high and low on the web to see how she could have possibly come up with this wildly insane conspiracy theory about shepard. amazingly, the only mention i see of robbery is that shepard was robbed in addition to being pistol whipped, tortured, tied to a fence and left to die. in addition, his murders found his address and were intending to rob is home. i cannot believe she is now trying to get out of this statement by saying it was a poor choice of words to use hoax. i certainly hope that this woman does not win reelection. oh, i am so mad now i am wringing my hands. the only good thing i can think of out of all of this is that the house passed the act.

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