After the shocking Oklahoma City bombing, you would think this city would be particularly sensitive to homegrown terrorism on any level. But according to this News 9 report about the vandalism and firebombing of openly gay Jon Ferguson’s car last Saturday morning, July 21, the Oklahoma Fire Chief is treating it as arson, not a hate crime – despite the bold word “FAG” on Ferguson’s car.
“It’s almost not worth being proud of who you and trying to show you’re gay because stuff like this really does happen,” said Ferguson, who received first and second degree burns on his face, arms and torso. “I’ve always seen it on the news that kids are dying and stuff because they’re being bullied, and you’re 25 years old and something like this happens to you. It’s almost not worth it, and you understand why kids don’t come out of the closet.”
Fire seems the latest weapon of choice among these homegrown terrorists. On early Sunday morning, July 22, three masked men invaded the home of a Lincoln, Nebraska lesbian, attacked her, carved the word “dyke” on her skin and set her house on fire. Local officials are investigating it as a hate crime. But Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, who represents that district and professes to be a good Christian offered no help or words of support for his lesbian constituent.
Similarly, I could find no words of concern or support from Rep. James Lankford about this horrific crime against a gay constituent in his Oklahoma City district. Lankford, who studied at the Southwestern Theological Baptist Seminary, is a Christian conservative. To be fair, he has no record on hate crimes and has refuted a flare up over whether he thinks businesses should be allowed to fire gays. However – while he apparently found no time to tweet an acknowledgement of this crime against his gay constituent, he knock out support for antigay Chick-fil-A:
So Rep. Lankford, as a professed Christian and a sworn elected official – why are you silent about this crime? Is it also OK for homegrown terrorists to burn gays?