Contact: Stacey Holliday, Concerned Women for America, 202-488-7000 ext. 126
WASHINGTON, Apr. 4 /Christian Newswire/ -- Negligible "hate crimes" numbers notwithstanding, liberal lawmakers remain poised to push the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (H.R. 1592) through Congress due to intense political pressure from the powerful homosexual lobby.
But evidence continues to mount indicating that an alarming percentage of the already small number of "hate crimes" allegedly motivated by sexual preference may have been fabricated by homosexual activists in an attempt to create a political atmosphere ripe for passage of federal "hate crimes" legislation.
The recent high profile death of 72-year-old "gay"-identified Andrew Anthos in Detroit has been widely exploited by the homosexual lobby to push for federal "hate crimes" legislation. Homosexual activists assert that in February an unidentified African-American male called Anthos a "faggot" and struck him in the back of the head with a metal pipe, ultimately resulting in his death. Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan) wasted no time in citing the alleged "hate crime" on the floor of Congress as Exhibit A to push for passage of a "gay"-friendly federal "hate crimes" law.
However, there's one small problem. Investigators in Wayne County, Michigan, have determined that the crime — the very same "hate crime" which was used to justify introduction of H.R. 1592 — never even happened. Anthos, who reports indicate had been previously diagnosed with mental illness, originally told police that he did not know how he was injured, but a week later, changed his story to suggest that he had been the victim of a "hate crime." But investigators have now concluded that Anthos' death was in fact the result of an accidental fall brought on by severe arthritis in his neck.
"To make this poor man their 'hate crimes' poster boy, and exploit his unfortunate accident by pinning a 'hate crime' on some phantom 'black man' for political gain is both racist and reprehensible," said Matt Barber, Policy Director for Cultural Issues with Concerned Women for America (CWA).
"If H.R. 1592 requires heightened penalties for perpetrators of 'hate crimes,' then why doesn't it require heightened penalties for those who fraudulently report 'hate crimes' which never occurred or for radical homosexual activists who encourage such reports?"
"CWA calls for a federal investigation to determine to what degree fraudulent 'hate crimes' reports have contributed to support of HR 1592, and to what extent the homosexual lobby has leveraged such reports through either act or omission, as a political means to a political end," concluded Barber.
Concerned Women for America is the nation's largest public policy women's organization.