It will be fascinating to see how people react to a new book by an award-winning gay journalist exposing the truth about the 1998 death of homosexual Matthew Shepherd.
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Just as a backdrop of lies brought us legalized abortion in 1973 through Roe v. Wade, it now appears that more lies were used to help homosexual activists kick the bullying industry into hyper-drive via the tragic death of Matthew Shepherd.
Facts about the Shepherd case were wrongfully reported and widely accepted as truth.
Much has been accomplished for leftists and homosexual activists in the name of tolerance, including the implementation of anti-bullying curriculums in public schools, most of which discriminate against Christians. Songs have been written and dedicated to Matthew Shepherd by Elton John, Melissa Etheridge, Lady Gaga, and others. Films have been made about his death, and a dedication play called “The Laramie Project” has been performed over 2,000 times worldwide.
In 2009, President Obama signed the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, a federal law against gay hate crimes that was named after Matthew Shepherd. The new details of the Shepherd case won’t sit well with our pro-homosexual government.
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What really happened?
Matthew Shepherd accepted a ride from two men, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, in October 1998. They pistol-whipped him, robbed him, tied him to a fence, and left. The incident became a famous ‘hate’ crime because the motives were made up by opportunistic activists, and the media ran with the ‘vicious homophobes’ narrative even before Shepherd died!
This new bombshell book by Stephen Jimenez, The Book of Matt, was written after he personally interviewed hundreds of people (including the two murderers), concluding that the case had more to do with drugs than Shepherd’s sexuality.
It turns out Shepard was a regular crystal meth user and a meth dealer; and his killer, McKinney, had been on a meth bender. Inconvenient facts were ignored, and America’s most famous hate crime was not a hate crime after all.
Gay journalist Aaron Hicklin asked this question in his article in The Advocate:
And how does it color our understanding of such a crime if the perpetrator and victim not only knew each other but also had [homosexual] sex together, bought drugs from one another, and partied together?
Someone recently said, “Only a weak cause which is not confident of its own righteousness needs to lie to prove its point.” What difference does it make today when the damage has already been done in the courts of public opinion?
This goes beyond lies to advancing an aggressive agenda.
Let’s recall a shocking, disturbing murder committed by homosexuals – an actual hate crime few have heard about.
A complicit national media fanned the flames of false homophobia in the Shepherd case. The following is an excerpt from a chapter entitled, “Normalizing Homosexuality” in the book – ERADICATE: BLOTTING OUT GOD IN AMERICA.
In Prairie Grove, Arkansas, thirteen-year-old Jesse (Yates) Dirkhising was killed by two homosexual men [in 1999]. Jesse was bound and drugged, tortured, raped, and he died due to a combination of the drugs and the position in which he was tied down. The Washington Times was the only national media outlet to report the story at first.
…the Matthew Shepard case received massive, ongoing national media attention because Shepard, the victim, was a homosexual. While both victims died as the result of assaults by two men, Dirkhising was a minor while Shepard was an adult. No protections have been issued or written on behalf of minors, but severe hate crimes legislations have been passed and implemented to protect homosexuals. Gays (it’s an unwritten rule) cannot be portrayed as villains by the media even if they were convicted of rape, torture, and murder.
The Washington Times story was headlined, “Media tune out torture death of Arkansas boy.” Tim Graham, director of media studies at the Media Research Center said that no one in the media wants to be on the wrong side of the issue by saying anything negative about homosexuals. The LexisNexis Group provides computer-assisted research services and revealed a drastic contrast in the two cases in a media search.
One month after each murder, there were 3,007 stories about Matthew Shepard’s death compared with only forty-six stories about Jesse Dirkhising’s death.
The deception and duplicity of this double standard is glaring.
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