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!