Apparently Rep. Virginia Foxx is convinced that Matthew ‘s death was merely a “hoax” used to further the gay agenda. Talk about kicking a man when he’s down, oh wait, that’s what the two men who tortured and beat Matthew Shepard to death already did:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she has no words for Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), who earlier Wednesday called it â€œa hoaxâ€ that Matthew Shepard was murdered because of his homosexuality.
Foxx made the remarks on the House floor during the debate on a hate-crimes bill that bears Shepard’s name.
â€œThe hate-crimes bill that’s called the Matthew Shepard bill is named after a very unfortunate incident that happened where a young man was killed, but we know that the young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. It wasn’t because he was gay,â€ Foxx said during Wednesday’s House debate of hate-crimes legislation.
Shepard, a 21-year-old gay student at the University of Wyoming who was murdered in 1998, is often linked to hate-crimes legislation since his widely publicized killing was viewed as an anti-gay attack.
But Foxx said it is â€œa hoaxâ€ to use Shepard’s name for today’s hate-crimes bill, which includes new protections for gays and lesbians. She argued Democrats are only using it â€œas an excuse for passing these bills.â€
Top Democrats appeared stunned by Foxx’s remarks.
â€œIt is really beneath comment,â€ Pelosi said.