Whenever any public outcry goes forth from homosexuals and gay rights advocates, insisting that there is a legitimate need to enact "hate-crimes" legislation to protect homosexuals, most people advocating for such legislation will also bring up the murder of Matthew Shepherd. They will tell you a story of how Matthew Shepherd was singled out because of his homosexual orientation, brutally beaten by his two "homophobic" assailants, and then tied to a fence post and left to die along a frozen Wyoming highway. But there's just one problem with using Matthew Shepherd as their "poster child" for homosexual hate-crimes legislation... Tragic though his murder was, it had absolutely nothing to do with his sexual orientation and behaviors! Matthew Shepherd was the unfortunate victim of a random assault and robbery, in order to obtain drug money. The only reason he was targeted was because he was drunk, and he appeared to be an easy victim to overpower and rob... nothing more, nothing less!
The plain truth is that the homosexual rights activists took advantage of this tragedy for their own exploitative misuse, with the help of the biased, liberal news media. A local journalist from the Casper Star-Tribune, a local newspaper, even said, "this kid is going to be the new poster child for gay rights," when he noticed how the fact of Matthew's homosexuality was being spotlighted by the news media, over and above everything else relative to the case, after the media discovered that Matthew Shepherd had been an "out-of-the-closet" and open-homosexual.
Ironically, much of the basis for the now common, "Matthew Shepherd Story," was originally fabricated as the premise of a, "not guilty by reason of temporary insanity" plea, to be used by Matthew's two assailants, Aaron McKinney and Russell A. Henderson, as their own defense! With the help of the news media's focus upon Matthew's homosexuality, the defense had planned to testify that the two had become "uncontrollably enraged" after Matthew had made a pass at them. But this defense was never even allowed to be presented in court, because the prosecution had such clear evidence that the real motive for the crime had been to obtain drug money alone, and the prosecution was unwilling to cater to the news media circus that was already playing out the case nationally. And so the two were tried for, and convicted of aggravated murder, as indeed they should have been!
And our justice system worked just fine in Matthew Shepherd's case, without any hate-crimes legislation at all! Nonetheless, the gay-rights advocates ran with the fact of Matthew Shepherd's open-homosexuality then, and they continue to make the false-claim that it was because of his sexual orientation that he was singled out and murdered that night in Wyoming, still today.
As if the irony behind the fabrication of this hate-crime wasn't enough, you'll find even more irony added to gross hypocrisy, when you consider the public outcry over Matthew Shepherd's murder, as compared to the complete absence of national media attention that was given to the murder of a South Dakota college student, by the name of Jason Shepherd. Because the facts of Jason Shepherd's murder are almost the exact reverse of the fabricated story of the supposed hate-crime that is associated with Matthew Shepherd's murder.
Jason Shepherd, who was straight, was working as an intern in Pennsylvania, and Jason's supervisor, William F. Smithson, was a homosexual. Jason became the targeted victim of a date-rape drug, and Smithson strangled Jason to death, when Jason struggled to resist Smithson's attempt to rape him. Smithson reported Jason missing, and Jason's nude body was discovered two days later, wrapped up in bed sheets, in the basement of Smithson's home. Smithson was convicted of murder.
Two different college students, each having the same last name, and each one the victim of a tragic murder. But was one murder any more or less tragic than the other, by virtue of the victim's sexual orientation? Of course not! And are the men who were convicted in these murders any more or less guilty of their crimes, because of the differences in their own sexual orientations, or because of the different sexual orientations of their victims? Again, the answer is an emphatic, "No!" Then why does everyone seem to know the fabricated story of Matthew Shepherd's murder, as if it was an established fact, while the real story of the homosexually-motivated rape and murder of Jason Shepherd has received no national media attention at all? In fact, you've probably never even heard the name, Jason Shepherd, unless you are a local resident of the South Dakota town where Jason attended college, or of the Pennsylvania town where he was murdered while serving there as a college intern. It's because this is a prime example of the gross hypocrisy behind the "fairness" and "equal treatment" that is actually desired by the homosexual rights machine. You see, fair is only "fair" when you are on their side of these issues, and truth goes right out the window when a fabricated lie serves to better advance their political agenda. And what their idea of "tolerance" really means is that our individual views will be "tolerated," only inasmuch as our views are accepting of the homosexual orientation and lifestyle.
People are still entitled to hold to their moral convictions and biblically-defined beliefs about homosexuality, here in America. And though our justice system isn't perfect, it works quite well without hate-crimes legislation. Murder is already a heinous crime, as is the crime of rape. But the point here is that no victim's family should ever have to see a convicted assailant receive a lesser degree of punishment for such crimes, because their loved one was heterosexual rather than homosexual! And the severity of punishment for murder or rape should be just as severe, regardless of any part that one's sexual orientation may have played in the commission of these crimes, either on the part of the assailants, or the victims.
I encourage you to also take a look at the 4-page ABC News and 20/20 article, which revisits the facts of the Matthew Shepherd murder.
All one has to do is to look directly across the border at Canada, our neighbor to the north, to see the other kinds of encroachments that hate crime legislation threatens to also impose upon our constitutional right to free speech.
Stephen Boissoin is a local pastor in Alberta, Canada, who ministers to inner-city kids, including some gay kids. But when Pastor Stephen saw the way that the homosexual activists were persuading these kids through their deceptive and misleading propaganda, he took issue with it by writing a letter to the editor, which was published in the Red Deer Advocate newspaper, and which was mostly directed at heterosexuals, rather than homosexuals.
Canada has enacted hate-crime legislation, which also includes the use of a governmental department called the Human Rights Commission. The HRC is effectively a governmental body of "Thought Police." This body reviews complaints wherein someone is alleged to have used "hate-speech," and they have the power to also impose fines and other punitive actions against those deemed to be guilty of such "hate crimes."
A homosexual was offended by Pastor Stephen Boissoin's letter to the editor, which was published in the newspaper, and then complained to the Alberta Human Rights Commission. The Alberta HRC found in favor of the offended individual and fined Pastor Boissoin $7,000, and in addition, actually had the audacity to place a gag-order upon him, which does not allow him to publish any further articles that mention what the Bible has to say about homosexuality. In other words, what the Canadian government was saying was, "Pastor Boissoin, keep biblical truth and your moral opinions to yourself! But homosexuals, you just keep right on imposing your own beliefs and immoral behaviors upon the rest of Canada at will."
This IS something we all need to be very concerned about, here in America. Because the Obama Administration is intent on pushing for such hate crime legislation, in favor of advancing the normalization of homosexuality, right here at home. Do you also want to be subject to government fines and gag-orders, just for expressing moral and biblical views about homosexual behavior? People need to wake up to this assault upon our freedoms, and contact their Representatives and Senators to express their opposition to such things very quickly if they don't want the United States to become just like Canada in this respect.
And you be the judge. Here is the actual letter from Pastor Boissoin. Is there really something so offensive about the truth and concerns he expresses here:
June 17, 2002
The following is not intended for those who are suffering from an unwanted sexual identity crisis. For you, I have understanding, care, compassion and tolerance. I sympathize with you and offer you my love and fellowship. I prayerfully beseech you to seek help, and I assure you that your present enslavement to homosexuality can be remedied. Many outspoken, former homosexuals are free today.
Instead, this is aimed precisely at every individual that in any way supports the homosexual machine that has been mercilessly gaining ground in our society since the 1960s. I cannot pity you any longer and remain inactive. You have caused far too much damage.
My banner has now been raised and war has been declared so as to defend the precious sanctity of our innocent children and youth, that you so eagerly toil, day and night, to consume. With me stand the greatest weapons that you have encountered to date - God and the "Moral Majority." Know this, we will defeat you, then heal the damage that you have caused. Modern society has become dispassionate to the cause of righteousness. Many people are so apathetic and desensitized today that they cannot even accurately define the term "morality."
The masses have dug in and continue to excuse their failure to stand against horrendous atrocities such as the aggressive propagation of homo- and bisexuality. Inexcusable justifications such as, "I'm just not sure where the truth lies," or "If they don't affect me then I don't care what they do," abound from the lips of the quantifiable majority.
Face the facts, it is affecting you. Like it or not, every professing heterosexual is having their future aggressively chopped at the roots.
Edmund Burke's observation that, "All that is required for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," has been confirmed time and time again. From kindergarten class on, our children, your grandchildren are being strategically targeted, psychologically abused and brainwashed by homosexual and pro-homosexual educators.
Our children are being victimized by repugnant and premeditated strategies, aimed at desensitizing and eventually recruiting our young into their camps. Think about it, children as young as five and six years of age are being subjected to psychologically and physiologically damaging pro-homosexual literature and guidance in the public school system; all under the fraudulent guise of equal rights.
Your children are being warped into believing that same-sex families are acceptable; that men kissing men is appropriate.
Your teenagers are being instructed on how to perform so-called safe same gender oral and anal sex and at the same time being told that it is normal, natural and even productive. Will your child be the next victim that tests homosexuality positive?
Come on people, wake up! It's time to stand together and take whatever steps are necessary to reverse the wickedness that our lethargy has authorized to spawn. Where homosexuality flourishes, all manner of wickedness abounds.
Regardless of what you hear, the militant homosexual agenda isn't rooted in protecting homosexuals from "gay bashing." The agenda is clearly about homosexual activists that include, teachers, politicians, lawyers, Supreme Court judges, and God forbid, even so-called ministers, who are all determined to gain complete equality in our nation and even worse, our world.
Don't allow yourself to be deceived any longer. These activists are not morally upright citizens, concerned about the best interests of our society. They are perverse, self-centered and morally deprived individuals who are spreading their psychological disease into every area of our lives. Homosexual rights activists and those that defend them, are just as immoral as the pedophiles, drug dealers and pimps that plague our communities.
The homosexual agenda is not gaining ground because it is morally backed. It is gaining ground simply because you, Mr. and Mrs. Heterosexual, do nothing to stop it. It is only a matter of time before some of these morally bankrupt individuals such as those involved with NAMBLA, the North American Man/Boy Lovers Association, will achieve their goal to have sexual relations with children and assert that it is a matter of free choice and claim that we are intolerant bigots not to accept it.
If you are reading this and think that this is alarmist, then I simply ask you this: how bad do things have to become before you will get involved? It's time to start taking back what the enemy has taken from you. The safety and future of our children is at stake.
Rev. Stephen Boissoin
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