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it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven

Americans, I'm sure most of you know about this already, but if you haven't, please read it and then e-mail that programme and tell them not to enable a hate-filled murderer to dismiss the mercy shown to him by the parents of the young man he killed.

Also, Matthew Shepard's father's speech in court to the man who murdered his son just made me cry all over my keyboard.

Matt officially died at 12:53 AM on Monday, October 12, 1998 in a hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado. He actually died on the outskirts of Laramie, tied to a fence that Wednesday before when you beat him. You, Mr. McKinney, with your friend Mr. Henderson, killed my son...

You left him out there by himself but he wasn't alone. There were his lifelong friends with him, friends he had grown up with... the beautiful night sky with the same stars and moon that we used to look at through a telescope... the daylight and the sun to shine on him one more time, one more cool, wonderful autumn day in Wyoming... the smell of Wyoming sage brush and the scent of pine trees from the Snowy Range... He had one more friend with him. One he grew to know through his time in Sunday School and as an acolyte at St. Mark's in Casper as well as through his visits to St. Matthew's in Laramie. He had God. I feel better knowing that he wasn't alone...

I would like nothing better than to see you die, Mr. McKinney. However, this is the time to begin the healing process. To show mercy to someone who refused to show any mercy. To use this as the first step in my own closure about losing Matt...Mr. McKinney, I'm going to grant you life, as hard as it is for me to do so, because of Matthew. Every time you celebrate Christmas, a birthday or the fourth of July, remember that Matthew isn't... You robbed me of something very precious and I will never forgive you for that. Mr. McKinney, I give you life in the memory of one who no longer lives. May you have a long life and may you thank Matthew every day for it.


And people like this vile monster pretend that they're the ones with "moral values". Jesus.

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jeejeen
Nov. 25th, 2004 02:36 pm (UTC)
GODDAMMIT.

I can't see another thing like this today. But of course, we have to see things like this every day, all day, because every day, all day, shit like this is happening to someone, somewhere.

I've sent my email, not that I'm confident it will do any good.

Fucking filthy motherfucking bastards.
ladyxoc
Nov. 25th, 2004 04:52 pm (UTC)
Same here.
cangetmad
Nov. 25th, 2004 02:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, no. How unutterably horrible that there seem to be so many people wanting to drag all this up for Matthew Shepard's parents and friends again - even if it wasn't for the extraordinary way they behaved towards his killer, anybody, anybody who's lost a child deserves to be treated so much better than this. He wasn't just a symbol, he was their child.
socmot
Nov. 25th, 2004 03:02 pm (UTC)
How the fuck can Phelps have a commendation from the NAACP? I'd known of him, but I didn't know that.

By the way, there was a letter (from some official of the Christian Solidarity Party) decrying gay people in the Irish Times the other day. It was a lot more articulate than Phelps, but you could feel the bigotry and hatred from readong the letter.
zoje_george
Nov. 25th, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC)
It was from when he was involved with the Civil Rights Movement as a lawyer and before he lost his damn mind.

Just another crazy, evangelical cultist -- he just happens to be one of the louder and more morally repugnant ones.
ladyxoc
Nov. 25th, 2004 04:53 pm (UTC)
And not even playing by his own Biblical rules, unless he is deranged enough to think he himself is without sin?
cran
Nov. 25th, 2004 03:09 pm (UTC)
I'm Canadian, but I do get ABC. I e-mailed them and asked them not to air the McKinney interview. I hope they get a ton of letters.
fromaway
Nov. 25th, 2004 05:17 pm (UTC)
Fred Phelps, head of the Primitive Baptist church in Topeka, Kansas, plans to install a 6ft granite monument to Shepard in the municipal park to 'celebrate' his death. Under a bronze engraving of his portrait it bears the words: 'Matthew Shepard entered hell 12 October 1998 at age 21 in defiance of God's warning: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind; it is abomination." Leviticus 18:22.'

I am starting to cry now. I mean really. I just — I would curse and rail against it but nothing would be enough.
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