A hoax, my good woman? No, no, no.
A 60% off DKNY sale is a hoax.
Kelly McGillis' love scenes with Tom Cruise were a hoax.
"Compassionate conservatism" is a hoax.
Jessica Simpson's singing career is a hoax.
No, what happened to Matthew Shepard was not a hoax. It was a horror, one we'd very much like to prevent from ever happening to anyone else again.
Hate crime legislation sends the message that violent crime against gay, lesbian and transgender people will be taken seriously. If conservatives have a philosophical difference with that, well, all this could have been avoided if such crimes had been taken seriously in the first place.