Imagine living in a dark age of superstition and religious zealotry, a world in which Christian martyrs are persecuted, tortured and butchered by pagans and Satan worshipers.
A devout Christian stands her ground, harshly denounces paganism, pursuing sinners through the streets of her village, her shrill and angry words of condemnation echoing through the land, day after day, month after month until one day an evil doer of the worst sort, an arrogant sodomite, turns in a retaliatory rage and strikes her down in a brutal and vicious act of violence.
Surely this is the stuff of sainthood, worthy of churches, shrines and great religious art.
In fact, that dark age is the here and now.
Mary Stachowicz is being hailed as a true Christian martyr in the war on Christianity--some Christians ironically call her the Matthew Shepard of the Christian community and while the mainstream media has been mostly ignoring the trial of her murderer, Nicholas Gutierrez, the Christian right is buzzing away and doing its best to turn this into a cause celebre.
The case, as it is being presented in court, supposes that the murder victim, Stachowicz, a devout Catholic, believed it to be her holy mission to scold and chastise her homosexual neighbor on a daily basis. At some point, it is alleged, the "homosexual monster" snapped and violently murdered his harasser.
Voices of the Christian Right are calling this a Christian hate crime and demanding that the nation and the media treat it as such, "with as much anger and indignation as was shown for Matthew Shepard."
Apparently, Evangelicals are now concerned that we may be on the cusp of a wave of violent Christian bashings and murders at the hands of rage-twisted fags.
Gutierrez, 23 is certainly a very sick man. Regardless of his motive, he stabbed, strangled, raped and beat his victim before stuffing her body in a crawl space under the floor.
Lacking any sane defense for this heinous crime, Gutierrez's lawyer is claiming that the defendant was driven mad by the relentless fag bashing of his Catholic neighbor, providing the basis for a wonderful new frenzy of homophobia from the Cretin Fundamendalists.
According to one Christian extremist, the claim that Gutierrez was driven insane by his Christian tormentor "is an ugly attempt to exploit the liberal caricature of Christians who oppose homosexuality as crazed haters with a penchant for aggression. So here we see a new defense tactic: stoking the flames of anti-Christian bigotry to save a Gay murderer from the punishment he deserves."
"The mainstream media and homosexual advocacy organizations have reacted to Mary Stachowicz's murder the same way they did to 13-year-old Jesse Dirkhising's torture-murder at the hands of two homosexual men in 1999: by avoiding it," said another Evangelical leader.
Apparently, Evangelicals believe that murdering Christians is part of the homosexual agenda, supported by the media and the courts. And the proof of this is how the media made a big deal out of Matthew Shepard while it is mostly ignoring "Saint" Mary S.
Yet another Evangelical leader has noted that there has been no condemnation of the murder from the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, or the Gay and Lesbian Alliance or the Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation--all of whom are refusing to take responsibility for this horrible crime.
This is proof that the gay community both supports the murder of good Christians and controls the media.
The Catholic League has actually lodged a formal protest that the murder is not listed as a hate crime and won't be even though the victim "was murdered for having a Catholic-informed conscience."
According to the President of the Catholic League, "Mary Stachowicz will never be remembered the way Matthew Shepard is, thus showing how politically corrupt the whole concept of hate crime legislation really is."
Another Christian group says the victim "is a modern day Christian martyr who died because she told the truth to a man caught up in homosexuality. Her compelling story is largely unknown to Americans, because the same media that devoted millions of print column inches and broadcast minutes to covering the Matthew Shepard murder case have largely ignored Mary's story."
"The reality today is that growing secularist intolerance threatens to redefine Judeo-Christian beliefs as prejudice, intolerance,' or worse, hatred.'"
According to The National Review: "Where have we heard this sort of thing before? Why, when three redneck men killed Matthew Shepard a few years ago, after the homosexual young man propositioned them in a bar. Understandably, the men found Shepard's words offensive...There is no moral difference between Stachowicz' attack and the one on Shepard.
"Both were heinous, and both deserve publicity, but the Stachowicz case...is being largely ignored."