Two Iraqi refugees recently made a shocking presentation at an HRC sponsored event geared toward assisting LGBT people who have sought asylum to the U.S. from Iraq. In their presentation, the two refugees presented photos of U.S. soldiers allegedly lining up gay men to execute. One of the presenters, identified only as Hussam, showed upwards of 80 photographs depicting beheaded men alleged to be victims of U.S. Military executions because they were or were perceived to be gay. Hussam has since refused to turn the photographs over to media outlets.
The OutGames, a type of gay olympics, are taking place in Copenhagen. As is usual when gays gather, the games have been tarnished with protests and acts of hate. This most recent event marks the second “hate crime” to occur since the games began. The first involving the brutal beatings of three men participating in the events. This time, a 31-year old man threw a bomb onto the track and field of one stadium, then, less than an hour later, threw another bomb at a second event. Police were ultimately able to detain him. It is believed the sexual orientation of the participants spawned the attack.
Brandon McInerney, the teenager who allegedly murdered Larry King after King declared, “Baby, I love you,” to him, faced a day in the courtroom. During the pretrial hearing, Oxnard Police Sergeant Kevin Baysinger, told the court:
“Brandon said if he ever wanted to kill anybody, his dad had a bunch of guns and he had the capability.”
He went on to say that the investigation also revealed that McInerney told one of Larry’s friends before the murder to:
“Tell Larry goodbye because you’re not going to see him again.”
The Hate Crimes Bill has, at long last, passed the Senate. Hooray! Wait, what? Obama might veto it? That’s right folks. Why? Because Republicans added 1.5 billion dollars for F22’s. Those would-be state of the art military jets.
Let me just get this off my chest first. I have no clue what those two things have to do with each other. Yet, we all know, that passing legislation is a game of “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” It’s never really been about what citizens deserve. It’s all about special interests and party allegiance. What I’m trying to say is, crazy or stupid, like it or not, this is how our government works. Heck, I’m ready to tie same-sex marriage to a new Star Wars program. Why not?
The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, Hate Crimes Statistics for 2007 is likely the most reliable report available to answer the question “Who is Hurt by a ‘Hate Crime?’ Regrettably, the FBI data even admits that:
–During 2007, 13,241 law enforcement agencies participated in the UCR Program’s hate crime data collection. Agencies provided 1 to 12 months of data about bias motivated crime, and of those agencies, 2,025 (15.3 percent) reported 7,624 incidents.
–The remaining 84.7 percent of the participating agencies reported that no hate crimes occurred in their jurisdictions.
A group of gay and straight people headed out for a night of fun at a Mainville, Ohio bar called Tabby’s. Patrons of the bar continued harassing the group asking which of them were straight and which of them were gay. Finally, one of the men in the group, 31 year-old, Ronnie Robertson, spoke up and admitted to being a homosexual. He was then attacked and received a broken nose and multiple lacerations to his face.
Two women have been arrested and police are still looking for two men believed to be involved.
The Senator from Texas, who hopes to win over voters and become the next Governor of Texas in 2010, has a history of voting against legislation regarding civil equality. In fact, the ACLU scores the senator at only 25% when it comes to her voting record on civil rights, the Human Rights Campaign scored her at 0%, and the NAACP scored her at only 18%. Here’s a snippet of her record:
Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (S. J. Res. 1)
Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (S. 625, 2002 and S.2549, 2000)
Voted YES on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business.(S.1173, 1997)
Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (HR 3396, 1996)
Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (S. 2056, 1996)
Voted YES on loosening restrictions for cell phone wiretapping. (S. 1510, 2001)
In spite of the overwhelming evidence against them, an all-white jury found Derrick Donchak, 19, and Brandon Piekarsky, 17, not guilty of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and ethnic intimidation for the death of Luis Ramirez. Details of the crime flooded the news media including this story by CNN [Town struggles with fallout from immigrant’s fatal beating – CNN.com].
Blows had struck the 25-year-old illegal Mexican immigrant with such force that they left a clotted, bruised impression of Jesus Christ on the skin of his chest from the religious medal he wore.
According to eye witnesses and investigative reports, the teens lured Ramirez into a fight using racial epitaphs and led prosecutors to label the murder a “hate crime.”
Congressman Randy Forbes (Republican [obviously]-Virginia] recently attempted not to apply the protections provided to people under hate crimes legislation to Ms. California.