In a previous article, we featured Redeeming the Rainbow, arguably the definitive response to the gay agenda. In it, author Dr. Scott Lively covered a full range of perspectives related to spirituality, history, economics, cultural, politics, etc.
Discussing the term “homophobia”, Dr. Lively wrote:
As a rhetorical weapon, homophobia is unequaled. It serves first to define anyone who opposes the legitimization of homosexuality as a hate-filled bigot. The universal inclusion of all opponents as homophobic is of course not emphasized. Homosexual activists publicly associate this label with violent “gay bashers” and hateful fanatics. When they use the term they want people to think about the killers of Matthew Shepard, but in conventional practice they include every man, woman and child who believes homosexuality is abnormal or wrong. The way to expose this fact is to challenge the advocates of the “gay” position to state the difference between homophobia and non-homophobic opposition to homosexuality. They will reveal that they accept no opposition to their agenda as legitimate.” [pg. 106]
Later, the author, attorney, social activist and former independent candidate for Governor of Massachusetts added:
Matthew Shepard was just another self-identified “gay,” but on October 12, 1998, he was murdered
by two men. He wasn’t killed because he was a homosexual, it was a matter of robbery. And the
robbers obviously weren’t Christians. However, the timing was right for the “gay” scheme, and so
Matthew Shepard became the new martyr of the homosexual movement: a symbol of “gay” victimhood
at the hands of the evil Christians. A play about his death, “The Laramie Project” became the
showpiece of the “gay” movement, and Shepard himself assumed mythic stature as a figure of
near-religious worship. Matthew Shepard is the Horst Wessel of the modern “gay” movement. [pg. 159]
Five years following Dr. Lively’s book, Stephen Jimenez has written an extensively-researched book that asserts, “Matthew Shepard was not killed for being gay but for reasons far more complicated — and daunting.”
Jimenez, an openly gay man, deconstructs the mythology of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, arguing that crystal meth (and not anti-gay hate) factored into the tragic death – despite political influences linking homophobia in order to advance LGBT interests in hate crimes legislation.
The Book of Matt is an excellent read to gain greater insights into the life of Matthew Shepard, characters connected to the murder, and the political environment surrounding one of America’s most controversial social policy issues.
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