A Branded Man

Posted: Apr 18, 2011 12:01 AM

Author’s Note: I would like to thank Stephanie Smith for her help and inspiration in writing this column. We’re pretty tight.

In recent years, there has been an effort to equate the current homosexual rights movement with the black civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s. But the analogy fails for two principal reasons: 1) The homosexual movement can’t find a reverend named Martin Luther Queen, and 2) unlike blacks, homosexuals generally have to invent their own victimization stories so they will have some “social ill” to eradicate.

Of course, such stories are never a manifestation of the illnesses of “society.” They are simply evidence of widespread mental illness in the LGBT “civil rights” movement.

The latest psychotic episode within the LGBT (uncivil) rights movement occurred at UNC-Chapel Hill where a freshman told police he was attacked by a man who burned his hand and called him an anti-gay slur. The accusation resulted in the police investigating the incident as a so-called hate crime.

"As a university community, we condemn this act of violence," said UNC-CH Chancellor Holden Thorp in a statement to students, faculty and staff. "Our Department of Public Safety will bring the strongest possible charges against the attacker." Remember that promise as you read the rest of the story.

The attack, which was reported to police April 5, supposedly occurred on the foot bridge between Craige Residence Hall and the intersection of Ridge Road and Manning Drive. Police said the student was treated for burns at the student health center. The student, UNC freshman Quinn Matney, told police a person he recognized (but did not know) pressed a hot piece of metal to his left wrist, scalding it and doing tendon damage. The burn left an imprint that looked something like a figure 8.

The police had no suspects when Chancellor Thorp weighed in. Matney said he stopped to speak to another acquaintance just prior to the attack, but didn't know that person by name, either. The intellectual giants running the UNC system should have been suspicious. But they weren’t. Instead, Thorp told the entire university community that the aggravated assault appeared “to have been motivated by the sexual orientation of a male student." And he went even further.

Chancellor Thorp told the university that officials intended to report the assault as a hate crime to the federal government. "Everyone in our community has the right to a safe, inclusive and welcome living and learning environment." He continued, "And all of us have a responsibility to stand against acts of violence, harassment, bullying and intimidation and to treat each other with civility and respect."

Outside of a basic incident report on hand at the police station, the attack was not made public by the university until Monday – almost a week later. That lag time upset some members of the gay community at UNC-CH – as if they needed another reason to be upset.

"It's troubling when the only way we find out about a hate crime on campus is by word of mouth," said Jeff DeLuca, a sophomore and co-president of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight Alliance. It should have troubled him. If the only sources talking about the alleged attack were Gs, Ls, Bs, and Ts it should have led some to believe that the report was just B.S. And it was B.S.

In a message later released to the campus community, Chancellor Thorp revealed the obvious: "The Department of Public Safety has determined that the alleged aggravated assault … did not occur. That report, filed with campus police on April 5, was false. The University will not report it as a hate crime."

But they should report it as a hate crime – one committed by Quinn Matney. The act of filing a false police report is a crime. And, clearly, his motivation for doing so was to tarnish the image of an entire population of people he hates.

The university should not stop there. Administrators should consider an investigation into the source of the burn on his hand. If he burned himself then, clearly, his actions were motivated by the sexual orientation of his target. Chancellor Thorp should honor his promise to “bring the strongest possible charges against the attacker" even if it is concluded that the attacker attacked himself.

Gays have been granted a fundamental constitutional right to abuse their bodies in the privacy of their own bedrooms. But they don’t have a right to do so in public and at the expense of honest taxpayers and scarce police resources.