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Matthew Shepard, Trayvon Martin and the Power of Leftist Myth
Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2013 | Ben Shapiro

Posted on 09/19/2013 7:03:11 AM PDT by Kaslin

Next week, "The Book of Matt" by famed investigative journalist Stephen Jiminez, is slotted for release. The book tells the true story behind the murder of Matthew Shepard, who has become the angelic face of victimhood in the gay rights movement. Shepard's murder in 1998 launched a national effort, spearheaded by President Clinton, to push for a hate crimes law including sexual orientation. It became the basis for Hollywood's addiction to storylines involving the killing of gay men (see, for example, "Brokeback Mountain"). Shepard, the mythology went, died for America's homophobic sins.

There's only one problem. Shepard, according to Jiminez, was not killed because he was gay. His murderers, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, attempted the "gay panic" defense in court -- suggesting that Shepard had come onto them and provoked them into murderous rage. But that wasn't true. Jiminez, who is gay, reports that Shepard dealt methamphetamine, and that one of his murderers was a sex partner. Even gay-journalistic icon Andrew Sullivan has endorsed Jiminez's work.

But the left cannot let its mythology go. And so The Matthew Shepard Foundation released a statement decrying Jiminez's book: "Attempts now to rewrite the story of this hate crime appear to be based on untrustworthy sources, factual errors, rumors and innuendo rather than the actual evidence gathered by law enforcement and presented in a court of law. We do not respond to innuendo, rumor or conspiracy theories. Instead, we recommit ourselves to honoring Matthew's memory, and refuse to be intimidated by those who seek to tarnish it."

If the facts tarnish Shepard's memory, perhaps that's because the facts are inconvenient.

The same, of course, was true with regard to the killing of Trayvon Martin. The left insisted on a similar racial crucifixion story, in which a thuggish white racist, George Zimmerman, tracked down and shot an innocent black boy in cold blood. The facts of the case simply didn't bear that story: Zimmerman had no racist background; Martin had a history of criminal activity; witness testimony placed Martin on top of Zimmerman, banging his head against the pavement. But the narrative of the left was set: Trayvon was killed for wearing a hoodie and carrying Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea.

Radio host Dennis Prager has wisely observed that to the left, truth is not a value. Ideology is a value. And so the myths of Shepard and Trayvon must live on. That's because the left understands that narrative drives hearts and minds, rather than argument. Were the left to openly contend that gay men and women around America are in danger every day from the vastly homophobic majority of the American populace, most Americans would rightly be insulted and skeptical. Were the left to suggest that most Americans are vicious racists a hairsbreadth away from murdering black teenagers, most Americans would scoff. Instead, the left trots out cases like Shepard and cases like Trayvon -- and manufactures those cases to fit their needs.

Racism and anti-gay hatred must be wiped from the map. But there is no need to fudge the facts in order to combat them. The left's need to seize on individual cases as impetus for broad societal change demonstrates just how desperate the left is to paint exceptional cases as the rule to justify a broader agenda.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: book; gay; lies; myth

1 posted on 09/19/2013 7:03:11 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Years ago, a man named Whitaker Chambers was demonized as a lunatic, and an opportunist for accusing (correctly) a man named Alger Hiss of being a communist.

Journalism in the US has not improved. Media doesn’t regard facts to be as important as the story, and are eager to smudge the truth to press a hot issue.


2 posted on 09/19/2013 7:10:31 AM PDT by Bayard
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To: Kaslin
" But there is no need to fudge the facts in order to combat them."

I see what you did there.

3 posted on 09/19/2013 7:12:33 AM PDT by Edward Teach
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To: Kaslin

The left is also deifying Harvey Milk.

There is a Harvey Milk Foundation, which I’m sure is similar to the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Wait for Trayvon’s momma to start a foundation for him.

In San Diego, in the Hillcrest neighborhood, which has a big proportion of “gay” residents, they recently opened “Harvey Milk’s American Diner”. This diner promises to deliver 1% of gross sales to the Harvey Milk Foundation.

Liberal icons are out there for us to worship.


4 posted on 09/19/2013 7:17:51 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Kaslin
So, after all the media hype, it turns out Matthew Shepperd was NOT targeted by randoms strangers and killed for being gay.

And this was one of the cases that started much of the ‘gay’ activism.

The MEDIA’s role in all this has to be examined, along with their role for covering up Obama’s background and the socialist agenda of the democraps. (That even many registered democrats - like most America-loving unions workers don't even know about) The MEDIA is the biggest enemy of The Constitution.

5 posted on 09/19/2013 7:17:54 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: Mr. K

The Left never lets facts and the truth get in the way of a good lie that will advance their cause, My FRiend.


6 posted on 09/19/2013 7:20:03 AM PDT by sport
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To: Kaslin
“The trouble with our liberal friends (sic) is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.” .... Ronald Maximus Reagan
7 posted on 09/19/2013 7:20:25 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Kaslin

Over the last few years, I have come to realize just how much of Liberalism has been built on Mythology. Even in cases where things were “true”, they left out facts that would make the incident less meaninful. For example, the whole Rosa Parks thing, I only fairly recently learned the entire story..


8 posted on 09/19/2013 7:25:34 AM PDT by Paradox (Unexpected things coming for the next few years.)
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To: Kaslin
We do not respond to innuendo, rumor or conspiracy theories. Instead, we recommit ourselves to honoring Matthew's memory, and refuse to be intimidated by those who seek to tarnish it."

Hmmm. This is reminiscent of Planned Parenthood and its continued 'honoring' of its racist eugenicist founder Margaret Sanger.

9 posted on 09/19/2013 7:26:42 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

It’s going to get even worse.

I guarantee there will be a Harvey Milk Day, just like MLK Day.

And it’s only a matter of time until the Navy christens the USS Harvey Milk.


10 posted on 09/19/2013 7:29:22 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Kaslin

In the tradition of Horst Wessel and Pavlik Morozov.


11 posted on 09/19/2013 7:30:31 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Kaslin
Without the anti-gay narrative, the Matthew Shepard Foundation stops making money. If there is ever a Trayvon Martin Foundation, it will also be about making money off the leftist narrative surrounding his death.
12 posted on 09/19/2013 7:30:41 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Kaslin
"...anti-gay hatred must be wiped from the map."

It really depends how you define "gay" (a perfectly fine word that has been corrupted to mean homosexual or sodomite). If "gay" refers to the sinner -- absolutely we should not hate the sinner. We are all sinners washed clean only through the cleansing blood of our Saviour who came to save sinners. If "gay" refers to the sin (sodomy, homosexuality, etc) - absolutely we should be "anti-gay". Sin is to be hated and fought. It destroys. It is evil.

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

And even worse, it separates us from God.

Psalms 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me

For God is of purer eyes to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity...

13 posted on 09/19/2013 7:38:37 AM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: Kaslin
Contrary to popular belief, history is written by those that write.

Conservatives need to find some way to get younger conservatives into communications/media.

14 posted on 09/19/2013 7:41:40 AM PDT by freerepublicchat
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To: Dilbert San Diego

There already IS a Trayvon Martin Foundation.

Both of his parents are “employees”, which is why neither of them have to work anymore.

http://trayvonmartinfoundation.org/


15 posted on 09/19/2013 7:57:17 AM PDT by digger48
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To: The_Victor
If there is ever a Trayvon Martin Foundation,

see post #15

16 posted on 09/19/2013 7:59:21 AM PDT by digger48
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To: digger48

Wow. Trayvon’s momma, who didn’t even raise him full time after the age of 2, has discovered how to make money so she doesn’t have to work at a real job anymore.


17 posted on 09/19/2013 8:01:13 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego

That’s why they had to have an arrest and a trial.

Without it... no payout for the “victim”


18 posted on 09/19/2013 8:03:26 AM PDT by digger48
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To: Dilbert San Diego
The left is also deifying Harvey Milk.

The real story on Harvey Milk.

19 posted on 09/19/2013 8:21:39 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers choices: convert, submit, or die.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Every donation gets you a hemp bag with purple drank, skittles, and a ‘don’t be a snitch’ tee-shirt in it.


20 posted on 09/19/2013 8:24:56 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Kaslin

homophobic sins <<-— Is that an oxymoron?...


21 posted on 09/19/2013 10:09:23 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Kaslin

I noticed a long time ago that the left does not care about facts, truth, or accuracy. They make up lies and distort facts so as to invoke certain feelings conducive to advancing their agenda of total power for the few, subjugation for the rest. Their adherents are also conditioned to fly into fits of rage any time facts are presented that contradict the leftist narrative.

It’s nice to see that someone has written a book on the Matthew Shepard case (although the facts were known at the time).

The main challenge for conservatives is to educate people about leftist propaganda tactics, so that they recognize them wherever they are tried.


22 posted on 09/20/2013 4:06:05 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Bayard

The problem has been the focus on irrelevant arguments – some of which are actually unsupported by the evidence.

1. ‘George Zimmerman (GZ) racially profiled Trayvon Martin (TM)’ There is no evidence of this.

2. ‘GZ disobeyed an order by the police’ * The civilian dispatcher, Sean Noffke, testified that he did not give GZ an order and, in fact, he, like his fellow dispatchers, are trained not make comments that sound like commands. * Noffke also testified under cross that, as a result of his asking GZ which way TM was going, GZ could have reasonably interpreted this as being asked to follow Martin. * It is also not a crime in Florida to disregard a comment made by a civilian dispatcher.

3. ‘GZ got out of his car’ Not a crime on public property and not negligent either.

4. ‘GZ followed TM’ Again, anyone can follow anyone on a public street unless the followee has obtained a restraining order against the follower and even there, the RS only places time, place, and manner restrictions on the person enjoined.

5. ‘GZ wasn’t really injured’ * Under Florida’s self-defense laws, one doesn’t have to be injured AT ALL to use deadly force * No one is required to refrain from defending himself while another is engaged in or attempting to commit a felony.

6. ‘TM is dead through no fault of his own’ * If you believe that TM assaulted GZ, then he IS dead as a result of his own actions.

7. ‘GZ could have left’ * Under Florida law, there is not a duty to withdraw rather than use deadly force * TM was straddling GZ so how the latter was supposed to leave the scene is unanswered.

8. ‘GZ was armed and TM wasn’t’ * One’s fists can be considered weapons and can result in severe bodily harm or death. * GZ was legally carrying a weapon * There is no requirement under the law that the same weapon be used by the assailant * A homeowner can kill an intruder whether or not he has been threatened * Those that attack cannot feign surprise if they are met with superior firepower.

9. ‘Stand Your Ground!’ * SYG is NOT at issue in this trial. * The defense is a classic self-defense case.

10. ‘Black men NEVER get to use SYG!’ * Wrong http://tinyurl.com/nboht35

11. ‘GZ is a man and TM was a boy!’ * As if ‘boys’ don’t commit murder, rape, and assault everyday in this country.


23 posted on 09/22/2013 1:46:42 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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24 posted on 09/22/2013 1:48:06 PM PDT by narses
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To: Kaslin

The media is leftist. We’re never going to get a fair shake from this bunch.


25 posted on 09/22/2013 1:49:22 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It's hard to accept the truth when the lies were exactly what you wanted to hear.)
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To: Paradox
For example, the whole Rosa Parks thing, I only fairly recently learned the entire story..

Will you share it with us, or at least a link?

26 posted on 09/22/2013 4:52:16 PM PDT by verga (Lasciante ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate.)
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