Hate 2000 Newsletter December 15, 2006
volunteer staff at Stop Hate 2000 would like to wish everybody a very
enjoyable holiday season and the best in 2007.
There are a couple of people to remember this month. In December, Ellis
Rubin and Matthew Shepard can be remembered.
web site has an article about the death of Ellis Rubin, a champion of gay rights. Rubin was 81. About thirty years ago, he fought against a gay rights ordinance in Dade county
Florida. In 2004, he joined the Equality Campaign as legal counsel.
At his own expense, Ellis Rubin is reported to have represented
dozens of same-sex couples in lawsuits in Florida. The story of Ellis
Rubin gives hope to those who struggle for human rights and for an
end to hate crimes. There is hope, even for those who strongly oppose
equality and human rights. The thoughts and prayers of the volunteer
staff at Stop Hate 2000 are with Ellis Rubin's family, loved-ones and
Matthew Shepard was born 30 years ago. His life and death helped galvanize public attention on the need address the issue of violence aimed at gay and
bisexual people. Information about Matthew Shepard's life can be
found on the Stop Hate Matthew
Shepard Memorial pages. People wishing to assist the work the
Matthew Shepard Foundation
can purchase items from the Foundation store,
support the Foundation online,
or can share
October Newsletter discussed the shootings in Montreal and at the
Amish school. Because the shooter at the Amish school, Charles
Carl Roberts, is dead, we may never get to understand the reason why
he shot the girls at the Amish school. The shootings at the Amish
school could be classified as a hate crime. According to a British
Broadcasting Corporation news story, there were fifteen male
students and ten to twelve female students. Roberts told the male
students, the pregnant woman and those with infants to leave. The
fact that the gunman chose to let all of the male students leave,
might be an indication the crime was motivated by hatred of women.
In a Pullman Human
Rights Commission article, the FBI definition of a hate crime is
described as “a criminal offense committed against the person
or property which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offenders
bias against race, religion, sexual orientation group, or
ethnicity/national origin.” The California
Association of Human Relations Organizations defines hate
violence as “an aggressive expression of hatred against another
person or group of people simply because of who or what they are.”
The key element in a hate crime is bias against the group of people
against whom the crime was committed. When only girls were the
target of Charles Roberts' attack, this appears to be a crime based
on bias against a group. While gender is not generally protected by
hate crimes legislation, the shooting of the Amish girls appears to
be a hate crime.
few of the news stories we have been following appear below:
Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church gained fame by picketing the funerals of gay people. More recently, some of the church members have picketed the funerals of American soldiers killed in Iraq. An Associated Press article on the 365gay.com
web site states that a Westboro Baptist Church has been ordered by
the courts to pay over $3,000 in expenses associated with a summons
and a complaint filed by the family of a Marine whose funeral was
picketed by members of the Westboro Baptist Church.
November 15 article on the Advocate
says Shahab Darvishi was executed in Iran for sodomy.
Live site has an article about a Bangladeshi family. The
family's home was attacked by an arsonist. The grandfather of the
family collapsed and died.
article says Dr. Emery Lane, a GLBT health advocate in Louisville,
Kentucky was beaten to death. Two men have been arrested and charged
with murder and robbery. The death has not been classified by the
police as a hate crime. We hope this was not a hate crime.
365gay.com article explains the complaints Eric Rudolph, a man
convicted of bombing an Atlanta gay bar, has about his treatment in
prison. Evidently, the convicted is in solitary confinement.
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