Values Voter Summit

Sandy Rios: Matthew Shepard murder a ‘complete fraud’

Sandy Rios [btashman]

This report is from a series of posts by Right Wing Watch, documenting this year’s Values Voter Summit, an annual political conference for social conservative activists and elected officials from across the United States. The summit is taking place in Washington Oct. 11-13.

Additional coverage of the Values Voter Summit from Right Wing Watch is here.


Not only did American Family Association talk show host Sand Rios plug the ex-gay movement and warn that gay people are trapped in “a powerful web of deceit” during her Values Voter Summit speech yesterday, but she also cited Stephen Jimenez’s shoddy reporting on the Matthew Shepard case to call his murder a “complete fraud.”

Rios lamented that schools host the play The Laramie Project to teach tolerance to students and said that Shepard’s murder was a result of a “drug deal gone bad.”

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Today, we should note, marks the anniversary of Shepard’s death.

She also a read a letter from civil rights groups, including the Southern Poverty Law Center and People For the American Way, which urged Republican officials to skip the Values Voter Summit. Rios maintained that the letter proves that “it is a dangerous time to be a Christian conservative” in America.

Additional coverage of the Values Voter Summit from Right Wing Watch is here.

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