Matt Barber

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.

According to FBI statistics, there were nearly 1.4 million violent crimes in 2005. Of those, little more than 1,000 were reported as "hate crimes" directed against homosexuals or cross dressers. A full one-third of that 1,000 were reports of "intimidation" or "hateful" words as opposed to violent acts.

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. They have concluded that Anthos' death was in fact the result of an accidental fall brought on by severe arthritis in his neck.

Anthos, who reports indicate had been previously diagnosed with mental illness, originally told police that he did not know how he was injured. A week later he changed his story to suggest that he had been the victim of a "hate crime."

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.

Those homosexual activists who have helped to promulgate this mythological "hate crime" should fess up about what they knew and when they knew it. However, it must also be recognized that the Anthos case is really just one small piece in a clearly emerging "hate crimes" puzzle that paints a disturbing picture of political deception.

Matt Barber

Matt Barber is founder and editor-in chief of He is an author, columnist, cultural analyst and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. Having retired as an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer, Matt has taken his fight from the ring to the culture war. (Follow Matt on Twitter: @jmattbarber).