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Fox News Contributor Sandy Rios: Story Of Matthew Shepard Murder A ‘Fairy Tale…Total Fraud’

by David Badash on October 11, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,News,Politics

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To some anti-gay conservatives with an audience, nothing is sacred — not even the memory of a 21-year old college student who was just 5′ 4″ tall, and weighed just one-hundred pounds when he was beaten into a coma, tied to a fence, and left for dead with injuries so severe they were inoperable at the hospital he was taken to after spending the night alone, only half-alive, and where he died six days later, having never regained consciousness.

Yes, Fox News contributor Sandy Rios is at it again.

At today’s conservative Values Voters Summit, hosted by the certified anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, Sandy Rios made the horrific claim that the story of the 1998 anti-gay hate-crime murder of Matthew Shepard “wasn’t true,” and is “a total fraud,” and a “fairy tale” used as “propaganda” by LGBT activists.

This, on the eve of the fifteenth anniversary of Shepard’s death. He was attacked overnight on October 6–7, and taken off life support and died on October 12, 1998.

The Huffington Post reports that “Rios painted a picture of a nation under siege by homosexuals.”

Rios, the former president of the conservative Christian group Concerned Women of America, referenced a recent story in The Advocate, a national magazine geared toward LGBT readers, that challenges the narrative of the Matthew Shepard story. The article examines a new book by Stephen Jimenez, The Book of Matt, which suggests Shepard’s murder was drug-related.

In Rios’ retelling, however, Shepard’s murder was part of a long-term plan by liberals and the LGBT community to create a society that is accepting of gay people.

It is up to Christian conservatives, Rios argued, to stop that acceptance. “We can’t let [gay people] keep breaking hearts and taking lives,” she said, one of a number of references Rios made to her theory that gay men are responsible for the AIDS epidemic.

“You think youth is worshipped in heterosexual sex? It is top of the line [for gay men]. And they like young men, young virile men,” Rios told a crowd of hundreds in the ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel. “You get old and you’re a gay man? There’s so much rejection.”

Rios, in the video below, claims that the murder of Matthew Shepard was “a drug deal gone bad.” She adds that Shepard’s murderers “had sex with him.” Rios professes that his murderers “were gay or bisexual.”

Carlos Mazza at Media Matters reports that Rios is merely repeating the “right-wing myth that the brutal murder of openly gay Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard was actually motivated by drug use and not anti-gay bias.”

Earlier this year, Rios found herself in hot water after comparing the love two gay men feel for each other to the “love” kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro felt for the women he kept captive as slaves. She stood  by her comments — and went even further.

In June, Rios falsely claimed that there are “epidemic” levels of “sexual abuse in the male gay community.” She offered no proof.

Our condolences to the Shepard family for having to be put through these hate-filled false claims all over again.

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{ 29 comments }

russellsvocation October 11, 2013 at 8:48 pm

I may have to start using the word "cunt" a little more often.

Robroberts2013 October 12, 2013 at 3:24 am

Ironic to label her a c-word, as I am sure her dusty love-cave hasn't been explored in many, many decades. Ignorance and hatred are such a turnoff.

jjpca October 14, 2013 at 4:00 pm

In this case it's totally justified. This woman is pure filth.

Towanda October 11, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Unfortunately, she is not the first person to refer to Matthew Shepard's murder in such a horrible, demeaning way. If these people have to lie about the brutal death of a young person, if these people have to downplay the magnitude of the crime committed, then it is obvious that their platform is illegitimate, and the people who support it are evil and callous.

dave72 October 11, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Don't people like this have any resemblance of a conscience? I am amazed how every day someone will use hatred and their political obsession to provoke those awful emotions in others. The concepts of empathy and compassion are completely foreign to them because of their overwhelming hatred for anyone or anything that contradicts their obviously warped view of the world. I feel sorry for them but I do believe the world would be a better place if they would just STFU.

User2post October 12, 2013 at 12:16 am

What a horrible, disgusting, loathesome human being. People like her, supposedly Chrsitians, will lie, cheat and stomp upon the graves of others in order to get attention focused upon themselves, (along with a sizeable speaker's fee from this conference of cretins, no doubt).

BethDalton October 12, 2013 at 12:55 am

People like this woman and her ilk keep talking b/c they are being given a platform and NO ONE is speaking louder than she is.
Disagree with her? Be louder. Drown out this hate.

Ziltchman October 12, 2013 at 1:55 am

No comment… WHEN a person can even say this it means to me they have no heart to begin with and already just committed the murder again.

CaptJimD October 12, 2013 at 8:00 am

Cunt is a little too nice of a word for this bitch,I doubt there is a word to describe such a vile person

SeanLiberty13 October 12, 2013 at 9:52 am

Nope. Non-human, parasitic, Nazi whore.

INTHEBUSINESS October 12, 2013 at 3:50 pm

coun't agree more- may she rot in hell….after suffering a horrible death…maybe bveaten cause she is a stupid white woman? but that never happens either- its a drug deal gone bad…those diet pill deals are a killer.

agmom04 October 12, 2013 at 9:52 am

Hateful, hurtful, misled, misinformed and plain old bat sh*t crazy! Where do these crazies come from? I know a lot of conservatives that sort of cling to the party line although they really know why, but I have never met anyone as crazy as this or Bachmann or Palin. These women give us "real women" a bad name. I hope Mathew's mom never reads any of this crap! I can only imagine how much pain it would cause!

Zack12 October 12, 2013 at 9:54 am

There is one person worse then her in regards to this.
And that's the homocon journalist who is trying to push this myth so he can sell his book.
A traitor to his community is worse then "Christians" like the one above.

Hoyle63 October 13, 2013 at 9:19 am

Agree, Zach. We have enough hate coming from within our own community already without an idiot like him making a buck off Matthew's death from the Christian shark-bigots.

carlmarksmith October 12, 2013 at 10:16 am

So, I'm going to play devil's advocate here…but let's pretend for a moment that Matt Shepard's murder was..um…presented fraudulently in some way.

Has there never been anyone killed because they were gay? Or harassed? Or beaten? No one? Are all such reports fraudulent? All of them were in reality drug deals gone bad?

Can someone ask her for me? I need to know if I've been mislead in some way..

Luca0428 October 12, 2013 at 11:26 am

This thing calling herself a woman need to be pit down like the rabid animal she is…it's one thing to have an opinion or disagree with a lifestyle, but the fact still stands that the Shepard family lost a child!!! Doesn't this cunt of street whore have any decency??? And she has the balls to call herself a Christian??? You know if heaven does exist, if God does exist, I want to be there the day this piece of shit and all of her sick buddies get to heaven, and watch as they are all sent to burn in hell! What makes people like her think that God will judge someone for loving another person of the same-sex, but will not judge her or her whack job friends for hating people they've never met…. Payback is a bitch….

jimhadstate October 12, 2013 at 3:26 pm

I may be wrong, but it seems to me that at least one of the 2 young men who murdered Matthew Shepard admitted that they killed him because he hit on them. That would seem to make an ass, not only of Sandy Rios, but also The Advocate and the author of that new book. It would seem to me that the author is just looking to make a buck from a horrific tragedy, as are The Advocate and Sandy Rios. I'm not gay, but I find this whole thing to be the next thing to a hate crime. At the very least it is hate speech.

INTHEBUSINESS October 12, 2013 at 3:48 pm

this is one dumb rhymes with runt….seriously? cause you are a bigoted white woman you spin this crap…..what an ugly person inside and out

rextiii October 12, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Let's look at the Trial in the Court of Law, where two men were tried and sentenced for the Murder of Matthew Shepard, with Matt's 'Sexual Orientation' being a relevant part of the Trial. Of course, Wyoming is wildly liberal, so the court may have totally screwed it's job up way back when it was even MORE liberal than it is now. When you listen to this woman speak, about Matt and Gays, she is the Echo and voice for those who want a new story, when in reality other elements of the lives involved, drugs or no drugs – are what they are and were then. (The Advocate article was very odd, poorly written). Surely there are many 'layers' to the FULL 100% story, including rumors and 'I saw, she heard, we knew he was with, blah blah' – it's always been extremely easy for the religious to twist details about basic reality, going after Matthew has been a 15 year project. This whole 'angle' isn't even 'new news' – it's old news.

PSzymeczek October 12, 2013 at 5:43 pm

“You get old and you’re a gay man? There’s so much rejection.”

And she would know this HOW?

robertlechef October 12, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Does it take a psychopath or an autistic person to be a psychologist?

Anyone acquainted with gay culture will tell you that. I lived in the same three apartment house with several gay men and a few co-workers, all acquaintances, who were quite frank about the character of the culture, even unapologetic. If that isn't enough, there is plenty of literature on the subject, studies which detail this stuff. It's not a breakthrough.

Towanda October 13, 2013 at 1:44 am

Out of curiosity, what do you mean with your statement "Does it take a psychopath or an autistic person to be a psychologist?"

Hoyle63 October 13, 2013 at 9:28 am

So you are trying to convince us that rejection from old age is only inherent in the gay male community? Seriously? You sound very similar to Sandy Rios. I am a 50 year old gay man that has never had a problem dating other men my age. I'm sure if you ask 50 year old straight men who do not have much to offer in the checkbook department they will report great success in dating girls half their age? riiiiiiight………

IkeRose October 12, 2013 at 7:46 pm

When his mother sues her sorry ass for every penny she's worth, part of the settlement should be a public admission of all her lies if she is unable to prove them with more than three source predating the suit.

robertlechef October 12, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Wow, lots of classy comments here.

Anyway, how exactly do you people know it's not true? The true story is that Shepard's sexual orientation, while possibly undesirable to the killers (Shepard at one point made overt advances towards one of them), the whole point was that the killers were meth addicts who were desperate. Shepard was in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

Had it been a hate crime, it would have been bad. But it's still bad even if it wasn't. It just doesn't play into the gay narrative. I think we need to start being a little more critical of the news. We're far too willing to believe things without asking ourselves for proof and looking at other accounts and scrutinizing our own biases. We see a hate crime where there isn't one because we want to see one because having one would be of immense use. It's horrid.

If Shepard is the poster boy, then he isn't a really good one anyway. I mean, why is he the only name that's really flashed around for these kinds of crimes? Apparently the murder of gays out of hate has been quite rare. He's being used callously by those who wish to push their goals at any cost, the cost of the truth.

Hoyle63 October 13, 2013 at 9:31 am

They had their day in court. If what you aver is true then it would have come out at their trial. That horse won't race, chump. Find another thread to troll.

James_M_Martin October 12, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Fascists always need a scapegoat to work the masses into a frenzy of hatred, and the religious right is no exception. They sent Scott Lively out to preach Nazism as a "gay thing" and because they don't dare criticize Jews the way they did in the 40s and 50s, and they can no longer use the Cold War to stigmatize godless Soviet Communists, lgbt-queer people are the new "it." Rick Santorum has moved to Texas where the likes of Rev. John Hagee, a megachurch leader, has labeled Katrina God's vengeance on New Orleans for things like Southern Decadence. Evangelical money is pouring into the settlements on the West Bank to help bring about the Rapture, and Lively preaches his poison to eager and willing homophobes in Russia. Presentist arguments are the norm, as if what was good for desert warlord tribal leaders who wanted to stop trichinosis deaths by damning pork had any reference to such scientific advancements as the refrigerator. Make no mistake, if these theocratic fools get their way, we preverts will be the first to be rounded up and put in the concentration camps. We must fight them, and fortunately we have allies: the Southern Poverty Law Center, the UCLA, People for the American Way, and Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Those who can should fund these groups, at least donating enough each year to receive the literature on hate groups. Know the enemy, I say.

EqualityLover October 13, 2013 at 7:28 am

What a vile woman, what a worthless human being. To bash Matthew Shepherd again and again. Let the boy rest in peace. Her lies and vile statements just makes the world see what a piece of garbage this dog is.

shadowalking October 18, 2013 at 8:20 pm

The idea is to dehumanize the victim, to take sympathy away and thus, make him, and the entire LGBT community, by extension, into scapegoats, much like the Nazis did with the Jews. This attitude is at the root of violent hate crimes. To make the victim somehow less than human, gives the act of violence legitimacy. She, and her ilk, needs to be shut down. The voices of equality, of justice for hate crimes, need to be louder, to drown out this disease of hate.

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