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Possible Anti-Gay Vehicular Attack Near Ft. Lauderdale

Timothy Kincaid

October 11th, 2007

Ft. Lauderdale has been making some gay news lately, mostly due to a campaign of homophobia coming from the city’s mayor, Jim Naugle.

Now Ft. Lauderdale police are investigating a hit-and-run that, according to an eye-witness, may have been an anti-gay hate crime attack.

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Marcus Hopkins … was there that night outside Ramrod, a popular bar primarily for gay men where [Tommy] Davis works as a bartender.

It was shortly after 10 p.m. Sept. 18 when Davis was crossing Northeast Fourth Avenue to return to work. Hopkins said Davis got halfway into the right lane when Davis, he and another friend heard an engine rev.

Hopkins said Davis ran, but before he could get away, the car swerved onto the sidewalk and hit him.

“When he hit the windshield, he bounced off the car and hit the dirt,” said Hopkins.

The driver of the car then swerved back onto the road and kept going. Hopkins believes the incident might have been a hate crime.

Anti-gays often claim that their objections are to “sin not sinners”. And when others point out that their denunciations result in violence, they loudly protest their innocence and that there is “no proof” to link the rhetoric to the crimes. They say, “you can’t prove the one who committed the crime was at the sermon or the press conference”.

Well, it is my observation that when anti-gay language escalates in an area, anti-gay violence soon follows. And I’m tired of bigots refusing to see the link. I’m disgusted at those who claim to “love the sinner” but take no responsibility for the results of their campaign against “the sin”.

To those who use God as a justification for their denunciations of their gay brothers and sisters, I ask this question, “Don’t you think He’s watching? Don’t you think He cares about the consequences of your campaign?”

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John
October 11th, 2007 | LINK

What might be interesting to examine, Timothy, is whether such groups who make this claim of non-linkage are inconsistent in this view on other matters. For example, do they make claims of a connection between video games, movie, etc. and violence or promiscuity? Perhaps such an examination might assist them in seeing the hypocrisy of this position when it comes to gays or at least the inconsistency of their reasoning.

Ben in oakland
October 13th, 2007 | LINK

Of course they don’t hate the sinner. They just let others do it, and then they follow along.

Kelli Busey
October 16th, 2007 | LINK

I am a Transgender Woman. I am this persons sister. I will write to Mayor Naugle and ley him Know we stand tall with our Brother.

ft lauderdale news
July 28th, 2008 | LINK

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