University of Regina : educating minds or training brains ?


The remedy for speech that is false is speech that is true. This is the ordinary course in a free society. The response to the unreasoned is the rational; to the uninformed, the enlightened; to the straight-out lie, the simple truth”.
United States v. Alvarez, 567 U. S. ____, *16 (2012).

……  Judge  Anthony  Kennedy …… 


The so – called  University  of  Regina  appears  to  be in the business  of  training  

brains,  much  as  one  trains  a  dog,  rather  than educating  students.

If  the  so-called  university  took  educating  minds  seriously it  would  have  adopted  

the  approach  of  Judge  Anthony  Kennedy  who has  an excellent  understanding  of

speech  in a  free  society.  

The  so-called  university  failed  to seize  the  opportunity  to  demonstrate to its

student  body , if  indeed  they  could  do  so,  the incoherence  of  Whatcott   and  La  

Barbera’s philosophical   position.   It   chose  instead  to  rely  on   force  to  do  its  

thinking  claiming  the following  totally incoherent  basis  for  its  actions .  


 quote  :  “We are a diverse campus, we are a welcoming campus,” Tom Chase, one of the vice presidents of the university said. “We celebrate that diversity and our staff felt that the material and some of the things they had with them simply contravened that policy and we asked them to leave.” : end quote  see :


Instead  of   providing education  the so-called  university  of Regina seems  to  be  is  a

part  of  the  training  division  of   the   “utterly  fascist, utterly  Stalinist” LGBT  

Gaystapo  lobby.

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Peter La Barbera arrested

Toronto  Gay Pride

Gay Pride  Toronto


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Matthew Shepard’s murder : drug deal gone bad or “homophobic” killing ?


The following  was  sent to Testifyingtotruth by an LGBT activist.

It  is  an  article  on a new  book  written  by  Attorney Tim Newcomb who  seeks  to  counter  the  theories  about  Matthew  Shepard’s  murder put  forward by  Stephen Jimenez.

Testifyingtotruth  is  aware  from personal  knowledge  that LGBT  activists  lie  about  so – called “homophobic”  violence  but  is  encouraging  readers  to review  the  two  books  and  come  to their  own conclusions.

Attorney Tears Apart New Theories on Matthew Shepard Murder
Attorney Tim Newcomb counters the assertions in a new book that claims Shepard’s murder was not a hate crime.

Author Stephen Jimenez’s controversial Book of Matt, which claims the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was motivated by meth and money rather than homophobia, has been dismantled by Tim Newcomb in a statement given to Equality Matters, reports Media Matters.

Newcomb was not only the appellate attorney for one of the defendants in the Shepard murder, he is also a longtime resident of Laramie, Wyo., the small town where the crime took place. Though Jimenez dismissed Newcomb’s criticism of his book in a recent interview because the attorney was not involved in Shepard’s case from the beginning, Newcomb has fired back, listing many facts that contradict the author’s claims.

“Unlike the author, who visited Laramie from New York a year and a half [after the incident], I was an attorney living in Laramie, and had been for several years, when Matthew was murdered,” Newcomb writes. “I mention that only because Laramie has few people and we tend to know of each other. Hidden truths behind notorious crimes are as rare as windless winters.”

Newcomb goes on to reveal that while he was representing Russell Henderson — Aaron McKinney’s accomplice in Shepard’s murder — he was privy to the same sources Jimenez credits in his book, and he highlights the inconsistency in their stories.

“During the time I represented Russell, a man called his grandmother, saying he had been Matthew’s lover and had his diary,” Newcomb writes of one source. “I called him and asked if that was true. He told me it was, so I asked for a copy. His story shifted; his sister had the diary. I asked that she send me a copy. His story shifted again. She wouldn’t show it to anyone because she feared for his life. I asked why he called Russell’s grandmother then; eventually, he seemed to suggest that he didn’t have enough money. Our conversation ended but I’m told he became a source for a recently published book rewriting Matthew’s murder, claiming that McKinney did not target Matthew because he was gay.”

Newcomb also points out that Jimenez’s efforts to rewrite the details of Shepard’s murder are eclipsed by McKinney’s own admission that he targeted the 21-year-old because “Matthew Shepard needed killing” and he was “obviously gay.”



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Victims of the “utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist” anti-free speech, thought – policing,neocolonial, imperialist Gaystapo – add Peter La Barbera , Bill Whatcott

JCHS-(update)-(5x35)La Barbera arrested

“The remedy for speech that is false is speech that is true. This is the ordinary course in a free society. The response to the unreasoned is the rational; to the uninformed, the enlightened; to the straight-out lie, the simple truth”.
United States v. Alvarez, 567 U. S. ____, *16 (2012)


……  Judge  Anthony  Kennedy…..


Canada  is  not  a  free  society  and  appears  to be  well  on its  way  to  becoming a  fascist,Stalinist, anti-free  speech , thought-policing  Gaystapo  state  however  this  blog  is  willing  to  await  the  outcome  of  the  cases  against  Peter  La Barbera  and  William  Whatcott  before  making a final  determination.


The  information  so far  is  that  the two  men  approached    to  a  University  to  be  allowed  to present  their  ideas  on homosexuality  using a  table  and  were  denied  -  the  university’s  reason being  that  “We are a diverse campus, we are a welcoming campus,” .  

This  university  is apparently a place  of  training rather  than  education –  institutions  of  education allow  students  to  think through ideas. Places  of  training  impose ideas  on students.

They  proceeded  to  set  up  a  table  anyway  and  were  removed  by  police.

On  the face  of  it  La Barbera  and  Whattcott  appear  to  be  victims  of  the  anti-free  speech, thought – policing Gaystapo  of  a  “tolerant  and  diverse”  university



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U.S. anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera and a Saskatchewan man were arrested on the University of Regina campus on Monday and will be charged with mischief, police said.

LaBarbera, who is with a group called Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, and Bill Whatcott were distributing anti-gay literature on the campus.

Before their arrival, the university issued a news release saying the pair would be monitored to ensure they did not engage in any activity that would promote hatred.

At one point, with news cameras rolling, an unidentified university official approached Whatcott, 46, and LaBarbera, 51, and asked them to leave. During that encounter, Whatcott said he had attempted to get permission to set up an information table and, since he was denied, proceeded to set up a table anyway.
American anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera was arrested Monday and charged with mischief. He was at the University of Regina. (CBC)

“I’m not leaving,” Whatcott told the official, “You guys are intolerant and should be ashamed of yourselves for shutting down our message without even considering it.”

A short while later, several Regina police officers arrived and Whatcott and LaBarbera were handcuffed and taken off campus.

University officials defended their decision to call police.

“We are a diverse campus, we are a welcoming campus,” Tom Chase, one of the vice presidents of the university said. “We celebrate that diversity and our staff felt that the material and some of the things they had with them simply contravened that policy and we asked them to leave.”

“The idea that you can’t have an open debate on homosexuality on a college campus and some speech code is brought in, to kick people off … seems to me to be pretty undemocratic,” LaBarbera said.

Late Monday, police issued a news release confirming they were called to the university around 1 p.m. CST and noted that two individuals were “engaged in a presentation of images and statements” and refused to leave the campus when requested by university security.

“When both men refused security’s demand to leave, they were taken into custody, without incident,” police said in their release.

Last Friday, LaBarbera was briefly detained at the Regina airport, but was allowed into Saskatchewan to participate in an anti-abortion conference in Weyburn on the weekend.

Police said the pair have a court date of May 16 for the mischief charges.

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The Indian Supreme Court rejects intentional design and purpose in the Universe.


In accepting that being trans-gender is normal and not pathology the Indian

Supreme Court is rejecting the idea that the universe is designed and that that design

is with intent and for purpose.

If the Court rejects design with intent and for purpose in the universe how does it determine what is right and what is wrong ?


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India court recognises transgender people as third gender

India’s Supreme Court has recognised transgender people as a third gender, in a landmark ruling.

“It is the right of every human being to choose their gender,” it said in granting rights to those who identify themselves as neither male nor female.

It ordered the government to provide transgender people with quotas in jobs and education in line with other minorities, as well as key amenities.

According to one estimate, India has about two million transgender people.

In India, a common term used to describe transgender people, transsexuals, cross-dressers, eunuchs and transvestites is hijra.

Campaigners say they live on the fringes of society, often in poverty, ostracised because of their gender identity. Most make a living by singing and dancing or by begging and prostitution.


Geeta Pandey

BBC News, Delhi
Members of the third gender have played a prominent role in Indian culture and were once treated with great respect. They find mention in the ancient Hindu scriptures and were written about in the greatest epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.

In medieval India too, they played a prominent role in the royal courts of the Mughal emperors and some Hindu rulers. Many of them rose to powerful positions.

Their fall from grace started in the 18th Century during the British colonial rule when the Criminal Tribes Act of 1871 categorised the entire transgender community as “criminals” who were “addicted” to committing serious crimes. They were arrested for dressing in women’s clothing or dancing or playing music in public places, and for indulging in gay sex.

After Independence, the law was repealed in 1949, but mistrust of the transgender community has continued. Even today, they remain socially excluded, living on the fringes of society, in ghettoised communities, harassed by the police and abused by the public. Most make a living by singing and dancing at weddings or to celebrate child birth, many have moved to begging and prostitution.

It is hoped that the landmark court ruling will help bring them into the mainstream and improve their lot.

Rights groups say they often face huge discrimination and that sometimes hospitals refuse to admit them.

They have been forced to choose either male or female as their gender in most public spheres.

‘Proud Indian’
“Recognition of transgenders as a third gender is not a social or medical issue but a human rights issue,” Justice KS Radhakrishnan, who headed the two-judge Supreme Court bench, said in his ruling on Tuesday.

“Transgenders are also citizens of India” and they must be “provided equal opportunity to grow”, the court said.

“The spirit of the Constitution is to provide equal opportunity to every citizen to grow and attain their potential, irrespective of caste, religion or gender.”

The judges asked the government to treat them in line with other minorities officially categorised as “socially and economically backward”, to enable them to get quotas in jobs and education.

“We are quite thrilled by the judgement,” Anita Shenoy, lawyer for the petitioner National Legal Services Authority (Nalsa), told the BBC.

“The court order gives legal sanctity to the third gender. The judges said the government must make sure that they have access to medical care and other facilities like separate wards in hospitals and separate toilets,” she said.

Prominent transgender activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, who was among the petitioners in the case, welcomed the judgement, saying the community had long suffered from discrimination and ignorance in the traditionally conservative country, reports the Agence France-Presse news agency.

“Today, for the first time I feel very proud to be an Indian,” Ms Tripathi told reporters outside the court in Delhi.

In 2009, India’s Election Commission took a first step by allowing transgenders to choose their gender as “other” on ballot forms.

But India is not the first country to recognise a third gender. Nepal recognised a third gender as early as in 2007 when the Supreme Court ordered the government to scrap all laws that discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. And last year, Bangladesh also recognised a third gender.

Tuesday’s ruling comes after the Supreme Court’s decision in December which criminalised gay sex by reversing a landmark 2009 Delhi High Court order which had decriminalised homosexual acts.

According to a 153-year-old colonial-era law – Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code – a same-sex relationship is an “unnatural offence” and punishable by a 10-year jail term.

Legal experts say Tuesday’s judgement puts transgender people in a strange situation: on the one hand, they are now legally recognised and protected under the Constitution, but on the other hand they may be breaking the law if they have consensual gay sex.
India’s Supreme Court has recognised transgender people as a third gender, in a landmark ruling.



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The Matthew Shepard story : another big fat lie about “homophobic” violence ?



We do  not  take  light  the  pain  of  Matthew Shepard’s  parents  but  with  the  well  known commitment  of  LGBT  activists  to lie  in order  to  advance  their  political  objectives  one  cannot  but be  skeptical  about  the  Matthew  Shepard  story.  

LGBT  activists  routinely   lie  about so-called  “homophobic” violence  i.e  claim  that  persons  were  killed  or  suffered  violence  because  of  their sexual  orientation.

In Jamaica  former Asst. Commissioner  of  Police Les  Green  has  challenged  this claim.  

Mr.   Green stated  that  all  but  one  case  of  murder  of  homosexuals  he  investigated  were  the  result of domestic disputes.

Two  accounts  of  Matthew  Shepard’s  murder  are  given below.

Testifyingtotruth  does  not know  which account  is  true  but  advises  persons  to  be  skeptical.  


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A day before former Assistant Commissioner of Police Les Green left the island at the end of his eight years of service,  he rubbished a common claim by the gay community and international rights groups that homosexuals in Jamaica are victims of wanton murder, mob-mauling and marginalisation.

His pronouncement came just weeks after gay lobby group Jamaica Forum For Lesbians All-sexuals and Gays (JFLAG) suggested that two men killed in the New Kingston area were slain because of their sexual preference.

In an interview on Thursday with the Sunday Observer, Green said despite claims by JFLAG that Jamaicans are intolerant of their lifestyle, and are targeting them for death, his experience during his tenure here was totally different.

JFLAG has, for years, contended that gay people have been marginalised in Jamaica, but Green said while that may have been the case in the past, the country has come a long way in tolerating the homosexual lifestyle.

“I think Jamaica is far more tolerant than the public hype. There is a vibrant community in Jamaica and there isn’t the sort of backlash that some people say. I think we are much more tolerant and accepting. Just go around and you will see they are more flamboyant in the way they dress and behave as if they are comfortable with it. If that’s the case, why are they stigmatised?” Green said.

“It’s just the hype from some who claim Jamaica is very anti-homosexual, but the reality is far from that. There are many homosexuals who live and work freely in Jamaica,” he said.

Green explained that as a homicide investigator he worked closely with the gay lobby group which referred him to several incidents in which members of their community were murdered.

However, the former Scotland Yard detective said his findings show that the majority of gay killings are carried out by members of the gay community.

“All of those murders that I have investigated have been in relationships and are victims of gay attacks, domestic situations,” he said.

On June 13, the badly mutilated bodies of Winston Ramsey and Jermaine Thompson were found in an open lot on Trafalgar Road. Since the gruesome find, homicide investigators have reported that the killings had all the signs of a gay-on-gay crime. However, days after the killing JFLAG, in a release to the media, used the murders as a launching pad to call on Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to look into the plight of homeless gay men.

“Among the most recent attacks against the gay community was the savage killing of two young men. The men were apparently brutally murdered with blunt instruments in the vicinity of the intersection of Trafalgar Road and Lady Musgrave Road. People who are homeless frequent this area. Among them are young gay men who have been made homeless because of the continued intolerance of homosexuality in Jamaica… We call on the prime minister and the ministers of national security and labour and social security to listen to the cries and needs of members of our community who continue to be subjected to discrimination and violence, have nowhere to live and no food to eat because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” the JFLAG release read in part.

However, Green flatly rejected that line of reasoning and said of all the murders of gay men that he has investigated only one was not committed by a member of the gay community. “That was Steve Harvey and that case was a robbery,” Green said.

Harvey was a Jamaica AIDS Support employee who was abducted from his Duhaney Drive, Kingston 20 home by gunmen and later found dead on Pinewood Terrace. Harvey’s ATM card and other items were taken. His vehicle was found parked at a football field in Grants Pen, St Andrew.

In 2002, the body of selfstyled psychic and television show host, Safa Santura, was found badly bruised and slashed at Cavaliers in St Andrew. Police say he was also murdered by his jealous lover who was later sentenced to life in prison.

Two years later, gay rights activist Brian Williamson was chopped and stabbed multiple times with the murderer leaving his remains inside his house at Haughton Avenue in St Andrew. At the time police reported that Williamson’s home was a hangout spot for gays. His killer, Dwight Hayden, was also sentenced to life.

In December 2006, the decomposing body of Wayne Pinnock was found in an upscale apartment owned by late Trade Ambassador Peter King. His nude body had eight stab wounds and his throat was slashed.

A member of the gay community who was present at the murder scene admitted to the Observer that Pinnock was gay and was in fact killed by his male lover.

King was himself the victim of a gay-on-gay murder. His nude, mutilated body was found in a pool of blood in his bedroom at Waterloo Road, Kingston 10. His killer, Sheldon Pusey, was sentenced to 15 years for manslaughter.

At the time of his sentencing, his attorney pleaded with the judge that his client stood a great chance of being sodomised due to “rampant homosexuality” in Jamaica’s prisons.

At least one foreign national has also fallen victim to the vicious blades of a gay killer.

Former British diplomat John Terry was found strangled at his home in Mount Carey, St James in September 2009. His body was wrapped in a sheet. Police reported at the time that a hand-written note was found in the house which suggested the reason why Terry was slaughtered.

Green, who at the time was the head of Serious and Organised Crime, was forced to refute claims by the British media that Terry’s death was a hate crime.

“I don’t think it is a homophobic attack, although it’s been run in the UK press. It isn’t consistent with the information that we have. It is unlikely,” Green said at the time.

A security guard was arrested, charged and convicted of Terry’s murder.

While Jamaicans are becoming more tolerant of the gay lifestyle, most are not willing to allow public displays of affection or cross-dressing as obtains in Europe and North America.

In February 2007, three cross-dressing men were saved by the police from an angry mob outside a pharmacy in a St Andrew plaza. A similar incident occurred a few weeks later in downtown Kingston.

“I am not into gay-bashing, but the problem is cross-dressing and going downtown. Do they do that to create a media blitz? That just seems too contrived,” Green said.



Have We Got Matthew Shepard All Wrong?

A new book argues that America’s most notorious hate crime was not a hate crime at all.

SEPTEMBER 13 2013 5:00 AM ET


What if nearly everything you thought you knew about Matthew Shepard’s murder was wrong? What if our most fiercely held convictions about the circumstances of that fatal night of October 6, 1998, have obscured other, more critical, aspects of the case? How do people sold on one version of history react to being told that facts are slippery — that thinking of Shepard’s murder as a hate crime does not mean it was a hate crime? And how does it color our understanding of such a crime if the perpetrator and victim not only knew each other but also had sex together, bought drugs from one another, and partied together?

None of this is idle speculation; it’s the fruit of years of dogged investigation by journalist Stephen Jimenez, himself gay. In the course of his reporting, Jimenez interviewed over 100 subjects, including friends of Shepard and of his convicted killers, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, as well as the killers themselves (though by the book’s end you may have more questions than answers about the extent of Henderson’s complicity). In the process, he amassed enough anecdotal evidence to build a persuasive case that Shepard’s sexuality was, if not incidental, certainly less central than popular consensus has lead us to believe.

Of course, none of what Jimenez discovered changes the fact that Shepard was horribly murdered, but it may change how we interpret his murder. For many of us, the crime was not simply one family’s tragedy — it symbolized our vulnerable, uncertain place in the world. For many heterosexuals it challenged the myth of America as a guarantor of equality and liberty.

All that soul-searching may have felt necessary, especially in light of the legislation the case inspired, but was it helpful in getting at the truth? Or did our need to make a symbol of Shepard blind us to a messy, complex story that is darker and more troubling than the established narrative?

In The Book of Matt, Jimenez examines the laudable, if premature, effort on the part of two of Shepard’s friends to alert the media to what they believed to be a crime of hate. At the time, Shepard was still fighting for his life. By the time he died, five days later, the question had been firmly settled, as news reporters and gay organizations like GLAAD rushed in. As JoAnn Wypijewski wrote in a brilliant 1999 piece for Harper’s Magazine, “Press crews who had never before and have not since lingered over gruesome murders of homosexuals came out in force, reporting their brush with a bigotry so poisonous it could scarcely be imagined.”

Add to that a president who needed to expiate his sins against the LGBT community, still recoiling from the double whammy of DOMA and “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and Shepard’s posthumous status as gay martyr was sealed. The defendants didn’t aid themselves by claiming they’d lured Shepard into their car and then flipped out when he came on to them.

But in what circumstances does someone slam a seven-inch gun barrel into their victim’s head so violently as to crush his brain stem? That’s not just flipping out, that’s psychotic — literally psychotic, to anyone familiar with the long-term effects of methamphetamine. In court, both the prosecutor and the plaintiffs had compelling reasons to ignore this thread, but for Jimenez it is the central context for understanding not only the brutality of the crime but the milieu in which both Shepard and McKinney lived and operated.

By several accounts, McKinney had been on a meth bender for five days prior to the murder, and spent much of October 6 trying to find more drugs. By the evening he was so wound up that he attacked three other men in addition to Shepard. Even Cal Rerucha, the prosecutor who had pushed for the death sentence for McKinney and Henderson, would later concede on ABC’s 20/20 that “it was a murder that was driven by drugs.”
No one was talking much about meth abuse in 1998, though it was rapidly establishing itself in small-town America, as well as in metropolitan gay clubs, where it would leave a catastrophic legacy. In Wyoming in the late 1990s, eighth graders were using meth at a higher rate than 12th graders nationwide. It’s hardly surprising to learn from Jimenez that Shepard was also a routine drug user, and — according to some of his friends — an experienced dealer. (Although there is no real evidence for supposing that Shepard was using drugs himself on the night of his murder).

Despite the many interviews, Jimenez does not entirely resolve the true nature of McKinney’s relationship to Shepard, partly because of his unreliable chief witness. McKinney presents himself as a “straight hustler” turning tricks for money or drugs, but others characterize him as bisexual. A former lover of Shepard’s confirms that Shepard and McKinney had sex while doing drugs in the back of a limo owned by a shady Laramie figure, Doc O’Connor. Another subject, Elaine Baker, tells Jimenez that Shepard and McKinney were friends who had been in sexual threesome with O’Connor. A manager of a gay bar in Denver recalls seeing photos of McKinney and Henderson in the papers and recognizing them as patrons of his bar. He recounts his shock at realizing “these guys who killed that kid came from inside our own community.”

Not everyone is interested in hearing these alternative theories. When 20/20 engaged Jimenez to work on a segment revisiting the case in 2004, GLAAD bridled at what the organization saw as an attempt to undermine the notion that anti-gay bias was a factor; Moises Kaufman, the director and co-writer of The Laramie Project, denounced it as “terrible journalism,” though the segment went on to win an award from the Writers Guild of America for best news analysis of the year.

There are valuable reasons for telling certain stories in a certain way at pivotal times, but that doesn’t mean we have to hold on to them once they’ve outlived their usefulness. In his book, Flagrant Conduct, Dale Carpenter, a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, similarly unpicks the notorious case of Lawrence v. Texas, in which the arrest of two men for having sex in their own bedroom became a vehicle for affirming the right of gay couples to have consensual sex in private. Except that the two men were not having sex, and were not even a couple. Yet this non-story, carefully edited and taken all the way to the Supreme Court, changed America.

In different ways, the Shepard story we’ve come to embrace was just as necessary for shaping the history of gay rights as Lawrence v. Texas; it galvanized a generation of LGBT youth and stung lawmakers into action. President Obama, who signed the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, named for Shepard and James Byrd Jr., into law on October 28, 2009, credited Judy Shepard for making him “passionate” about LGBT equality.

There are obvious reasons why advocates of hate crime legislation must want to preserve one particular version of the Matthew Shepard story, but it was always just that — a version. Jimenez’s version is another, more studiously reported account, but he is not the first to challenge the popular mythology. Way back in 1999, Wypijewski rejected what she called the “quasi-religious characterizations of Matthew’s passion, death, and resurrection as patron saint of hate-crime legislation” in favor of what she called “wussitude” — a culture of “compulsory heterosexuality” that teaches young men how to pass as men, unfeeling, benumbed, primed to cloak any vulnerability in violence.

It was Wypijewski, too, who wondered if Price — the star witness — simply thought she was helping out her boyfriend when she told the press that he and Henderson “just wanted to beat [Shepard] up bad enough to teach him a lesson not to come on to straight people.” If you thought gay panic was a better defense than a drug-fueled rampage, wouldn’t you, perhaps, go with it?

Jimenez is less interested in that kind of social analysis, but what’s striking throughout his book is how desperate McKinney is to refute allegations that he is gay or bisexual — even at the expense of undermining his own case. Whether it was a hate crime, a drug crime, or a combination of the two, it’s hard to shake the suspicion that self-hate and a misguided culture of masculinity, which taught McKinney to abhor in himself what Shepard had learned to embrace, was as complicit as anything else in the murder of Matthew Shepard.

That is, of course, a kind of hate crime — just not as straightforward as the one we’ve embraced all these years.

The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths about the Murder of Matthew Shephard (Steerforth Press) is published on October 1.



US Embassy Promotes Tolerance Through ‘The Laramie Project’
Published: Monday | April 14, 2014 0 Comments

Elizabeth Lee Martinez, (right) Chargé d’ Affaires, United States Embassy, Kingston, chats with Dennis and Judy Shepard, parents of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming who was murdered in October 1998 because of his sexual orientation. – PHOTO BY Rudolph Brown/Photographer
Marcia Rowe, Gleaner Writer

Laramie, Wyoming is not a place that comes readily to the minds of very many Jamaicans, neither are they aware of the horrible crime that occurred there in 1998.

But on Friday, the Kingston-based Embassy of the United States of America changed that position for some, through the screening and discussion of the HBO-produced film The Laramie Project.

The theme for the event held at the embassy’s Grand Atrium, was Erase Hate: Promoting Respect and Social Tolerance. Special guests were the parents of deceased Matthew Shepard, Dennis and Judy Shepard.

The Laramie Project is a documentary film based on a play of the same name. It tells the story of the murder of Shepard, a student at the University of Wyoming, who after being badly beaten was tied to a fence and left to die. Found 18 hours later, he died at hospital.

The horrific act propelled the relatively unknown town into the media spotlight and provided meat for the award-winning film.

Centred more on content and purpose, the film begins with members of a theatre company, who in need of a script for their season, decide to go to Laramie to gather material on the murder of Shepard.

Shepard was killed because he was homosexual. Overcoming the fear of rejection from the community, the group of five embarked on their mission.

The group interviews a wide cross-section of the community and in one instance, as the camera pans out to rolling hills the voiceover of an upset resident states clearly “Hate is not a Laramie value”.

The on-screen character

The playwright was able to create a character profile of the deceased, a fragile looking, caring and friendly Matthew from those who knew him over the short period of time he spent in Laramie.

Another mentionable moment in the 97-minute long drama comes towards the end during the trial of Russell Henderson, the person accused of killing Shepard.

In a moving speech, Dennis Shepard, (Terry Kinney) before asking the court to sentence Henderson to life imprisonment instead of the death penalty, made it known that inspite of their stance, he and his family, were not against the death penalty.

Later, during the discussion segment of the afternoon’s proceedings, Dennis Shepard explained that his reason for requesting life instead of the death penalty for the accused was he did not want to see or have anything to do with him. As in the event of a death sentence, appeals would be made and that meant they would have to spend more time attending court.

Henderson, along with Aaron McKinney, were given life sentences. Even after 16 years, Dennis is still angry.

He implored Jamaicans to take care of their natural treasure, their children. They should be allowed to succeed or fail. While Judy Shepard, explained that Dennis used his bitterness and anger to go to places such as Jamaica, promoting respect for human rights and that the project is not really about Matthew.

Prior to their visit to Jamaica, the Shepards, through the Matthew Shepard Foundation, also participated in The Laramie Project screening and discussion in Trinidad and Tobago.

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” Thinking themselves wise , they became  fools”

…. Saul  of Tarsus….

Universities  are  apparently  able  to  train brains  into imbecility. 

University  training  is  likely to  be  an  important  part  in an  individual’s  failure  to  

see  the  obvious  discordance  in the  picture  of  two males  being  “married ” – as  

below –  and  the  demand  that homosexual “marriage”  be  equal  to  heterosexual


If  “same  sex  marriage”  and  “marriage  equality”  are  not stupid  concepts   how  is 

 stupid  defined  ?

Notwithstanding  the  obvious  stupidity  however  the  university  trained   “brights”  

may  soon be  demanding  that ” apples  and  oranges”  and   “day  and  night”   be  

declared  equal after  all ……  its  as  logical.


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Canon Jeremy pemberton

Church of England faces ‘crisis’ as first priest defies teachings to marry gay partner
13th April 2014, 1:04 PM
Joseph Patrick McCormick
The couple leave for their honeymoon
The couple leave for their honeymoon

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The first Church of England priest has broken ranks to marry his same-sex partner as a senior member warns of “crisis” if such clergy members are not “disciplined”.
Canon Jeremy Pemberton, got married to his partner Laurence Cunnington on Saturday.
The hospital chaplain, 58, was the first Church of England priest to defy church teachings to marry under same-sex marriage legislation which came into effect last month.
Same-sex marriage campaigners have commended the couple for marrying, and have urged Church of England bishops to bless the partnership.
It is predicted that many more gay clergy members will marry, but a member of the evangelical wing warned that such weddings should not be allowed to take place.
Reverend Prebendary Rod Thomas, chairman of the Reform evangelical group, on Saturday said: “There’s no doubt that there is pressure within some parts of the church for the Church to change its mind on sexuality.
“If there is not clear discipline then it is the equivalent to saying ‘we really didn’t mean what we said.’ It will precipitate a crisis.”
Pemberton is a father of five, and a chaplain at Lincoln hospital, as well as in the Southwell and Nottingham diocese.
He signed a letter in December 2012 from 150 clergy members warning that they would defy the church if it refused to allow same-sex weddings.
The church is currently divided on the issue of same-sex marriage and earlier this year the House of Bishops decided to ban gay clergy from marrying.
Reverend Colin Coward, a friend of Pemberton’s and the director of the Changing Attitude campaign group, said: “I’m really, really happy for Jeremy and his partner that they are finally able to get married after a long time of being together as a couple.
“I hope the bishops find a way to affirm and bless their relationship rather than taking action against them.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury last month signalled the end of the church’s resistance to same-sex marriage, and since defended the church’s position against an attack live on LBC from former MP Ann Widdecombe, but also claimed that African Christians would be killed if the church was too quick to change its stance on gay relationships.

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The less than useless functional atheist Church of England must be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot”.

….. Matthew 5:13…..

Having rejected  the  scriptures  the  leadership  of  the  so -called  Church  of  England  

became  their own gods,  in  effect, functional  atheists.

With themselves  as  its  gods  and  moral  compass  the  so-called “church of England”  

naturally  continues  to  demonstrate  its irrelevance to  Christianity  or  anything  or  

anyone  else  for that  matter.

The  institution is  less  than useless  and  in fact  a  negative  quantity  as  it  allows

LGBT  activists  to claim  that  a branch  of  Christianity  supports  the discordance

philosophy  which embraces  homosexuality.

All  true  christians  must  be  hope  and  pray  that  the  less  than useless, 5th columnist  

so-called  “Church of  England”  will  soon be  thrown out  and  trampled  underfoot.  


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First gay clergyman to wed plunges Church into crisis: Archbishop under pressure to sack canon who flouted ban on same sex marriage

Canon Jeremy Pemberton married Laurence Cunnington under new laws
New laws allowing same-sex marriages pushed through by PM last month
Now Canon Pemberton from Nottinghamshire faces disciplinary action


PUBLISHED: 21:03 GMT, 12 April 2014 | UPDATED: 21:03 GMT, 12 April 2014

A senior Church of England clergyman yesterday became the first to enter into a gay marriage – in direct defiance of the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby – plunging the Church into a fresh crisis.

Canon Jeremy Pemberton tied the knot with Laurence Cunnington under new laws allowing same-sex marriages pushed through by David Cameron in the face of bitter opposition from backbench MPs and the Church.
But Canon Pemberton, 58, now faces disciplinary action from the Church and could be expelled from his work as a priest because the House of Bishops has barred clergy from entering such unions, saying they undermine its traditional teaching that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
Canon Jeremy Pemberton tied the knot with Laurence Cunnington, a move that may well cause his removal from the church

Archbishop Welby defended the policy in a radio interview last week, saying that if the Church accepted gay marriage it could be ‘catastrophic’ for Christians in Africa, hundreds of whom had been killed by people who associated Christianity with homosexuality.
But the Oxford-educated Canon Pemberton, a hospital chaplain from Southwell, Nottinghamshire, said: ‘I love this man and I want to be married to him.
‘That’s what I want. It is the same as anyone who wants to get married.’

Speaking exclusively to The Mail on Sunday, he described the private ceremony in front of family and friends in a local hotel as ‘very joyous, very happy’.
He said he had told the Bishop of Lincoln, Christopher Lowson – in whose area he works as deputy senior chaplain of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust – of his intention to marry Mr Cunnington, 51.
But he refused to comment on the conversation, saying he was fully aware of the Church’s position. Asked how he expected to feel after the ceremony, he said: ‘We will feel married.’

Bishop Lowson confirmed he had told Canon Pemberton of the House of Bishops’ statement but would not say if he was planning disciplinary action.

Canon Pemberton, a former parish priest and a divorced father of five, held his wedding under new laws that came into force last month giving gay couples the same rights to marriages as heterosexuals.

Gay clergy can already enter into civil partnerships if they promise to remain celibate, but these are primarily legal arrangements while marriages include public vows.
Under guideline from bishops published in February, clergy are not only barred from gay marriages but they cannot conduct them for others or bless such unions in church.

The House of Bishops’ Pastoral Guidance on Same-Sex Marriage admitted there were disagreements even among the bishops, but said: ‘We are all in agreement that the Christian understanding and doctrine of marriage as a lifelong union between one man and one woman remains unchanged.’

The guidance, signed by Archbishop Welby and his counterpart in York, John Sentamu, said the House of Bishops ‘considers it would not be appropriate conduct for someone in holy orders to enter into a same-sex marriage, given the need for clergy to model the Church’s teaching in their lives’.
The bishops will now come under huge pressure to crack down on Canon Pemberton, especially as there are other clergy lining up to enter into gay marriages.
One senior traditionalist cleric in the Church’s General Synod said: ‘This will become a crisis if no action is taken.
‘People are looking to the Church to enforce its teachings and discipline. The clergy have taken vows of obedience in public and they ought to live by that. Canon Pemberton should be stripped of his right to function as a clergyman.
‘This is a test of the authority of the bishops and a critical test for Archbishop Welby.’
But one leading liberal cleric said: ‘This is wonderful. I congratulate the couple and hope the Church will accept gay marriage very soon.’
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