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http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/archives/167655.asp?from=blog_last3Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., used the word "hoax" to describe the killing of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man who was tied crucifixion-style to a fence, repeatedly pistol whipped and left for dead. He later died in a local hospital.
". . . We know that young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery," Foxx told the House. "It wasn't because he was gay This -- the bill was named for him, (the) hate crime bill was named for him, but it's really a hoax that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills."
The "hoax" argument is directly contradicted by court testimony by girlfriends of the two men who murdered Shepard. Both girlfriends testified that the killers set out to find and rob a gay man. They befriended Shepard in a bar. The slight Shepard asked them to give him a ride home...
An honest mistake, or the intentional mispresentation of the facts? I don't suppose she got her information from Fox News?