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Old 03-23-2007, 09:09 AM   #1
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DETROIT - Andrew Anthos had many passions in life, including old movies, legendary Hollywood screen sirens and a 20-year campaign to illuminate the state Capitol dome in red, white and blue one night a year. While he never hid that he was gay, he was no gay rights activist.

But after dying of injuries suffered last month in what witnesses portrayed as a gay-bashing, the 72-year-old Anthos has become a powerful symbol in a campaign to amend federal and state hate-crime laws to protect gays.
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According to police and family members, the Detroit man was riding a city bus home from the library on Feb. 13, singing along quietly to Spanish music on his headphones. A young man asked him if he was gay and called him a “faggot.” Anthos ignored him.

The man followed Anthos off the bus, confronting him again. Anthos told the man he was gay as he helped a wheelchair-bound friend who was stuck in a snowbank, witnesses said. The man struck Anthos in the back of the head with a pipe, stood over him as he lay on the ground and ran off after Anthos’ friend yelled for him to stop.

Anthos fell into a coma on Feb. 21 and died two days later.
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I saw this on the news. It's just so scary that there are people out there who do things like this.
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This was on the news a lot around here (I live 20 minutes outside of Detroit) after it happened. I hope they catch that fucking bastard and throw his sorry ass in jail for the rest of his life. As far as I know they haven't found him yet. I can't believe any human being could be that low and despicable.
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That's horrible. I hope the guy who did this is brought to justice.
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One thing that really sticks with me is that he called him the F word. How many steps is it from that word to such an unspeakable act? Perhaps not as many as some people would like to think.
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One thing that really sticks with me is that he called him the F word. How many steps is it from that word to such an unspeakable act? Perhaps not as many as some people would like to think.
As many steps as nigger is from the lynch mob,
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As many steps as nigger is from the lynch mob,
Agreed. Putting words - insulting words, granted - on the same moral plane as beating someone to death is utterly absurd.
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That's terrible.
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Agreed. Putting words - insulting words, granted - on the same moral plane as beating someone to death is utterly absurd.
She didn't. She asked how many steps it was from one to the other. A legitimate question.
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Do you think the government plays a role in legitimizing this kind of behavior, by treating gays different than straights under the law? If the state continues to treat a gay man as "less" than a straight man, should we be shocked that citizens would hold this view also, that a gay man is less human, not a man but simply "a faggot"?

Not defending this bastard in the least, or making an excuse...
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The government is a body of people representative of the population, their homophobia follows public attitudes and doesn't lead it.
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This reminds me of Matthew Shepard. It is a damn shame that almost 10 years later, gays STILL aren't protected under hate-crime laws.
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