NEWS RELEASE — $5,000 Reward Offered for Info on False "Hate Crime" Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 2, 2007
CONTACT: Gary Glenn 989-835-7978

“No Evidence an Assault Occurred,” Detroit police say

Group Offers $5,000 Reward for Testimony
on Conspiracy to File False Police Report

Police Urged to Investigate Complicity in False Accusation

DETROIT — A Michigan family values organization falsely accused by a national homosexual activist group of inciting an elderly Detroit man’s alleged “murder” Monday renewed its call for Detroit police to investigate who may have been complicit in the filing of a false police report after a coroner’s report revealed that 72-year old Andrew Anthos died of an accidental fall caused by a degenerative disease.

Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, Monday announced that to assist such an investigation, the group will pay a $5,000 reward for information resulting in the arrest and conviction of any individual or individuals who encouraged or assisted Anthos in filing what official evidence now indicates was a false police report.

“The county coroner’s findings have already exposed and discredited homosexual activists’ plans to exploit and use this poor man’s death to promote their divisive political agenda,” Glenn said.

“Now we hope our reward will help secure testimony against the Triangle Foundation or whoever it was that persuaded an elderly dying man suffering from mental illness, after he initially told police he didn’t know how he’d been hurt, to change his story a week later and file a false police report accusing an African-American man of attacking him for ‘being gay,'” Glenn said.

Glenn calls for apology from national homosexual group

“Now that police and the county coroner report that Mr. Anthos died of a degenerative disease,” Glenn said, “Matt Foreman of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force — if he has a conscience — will issue an immediate public apology for falsely and maliciously accusing Cardinal Maida of the Archdiocese of Detroit and the American Family Association of Michigan of being responsible for Mr. Anthos’ accidental death.”

Foreman in a Feb. 23rd statement blamed Anthos’ death on “the homophobic rants of Gary Glenn of the American Family Association of Michigan” and “an ugly campaign led by Cardinal Adam Maida to ‘protect marriage’ by writing anti-gay discrimination into (Michigan’s) constitution.”

“It is appalling hypocrisy,” Foreman said, “for (Glenn and Maida) to pretend that their venomous words and organizing have no connection to the plague of hate violence against gay people, including the murder of Mr. Anthos.”

Student prosecuted for false “hate crime” report in Idaho

Glenn cited a similar situation in Idaho in which a Boise State University student is currently facing criminal charges for filing a false police report alleging that he was also attacked for “being gay.”

The BSU student newspaper in January reported that the Boise city prosecutor “has filed a summons for a BSU student accused of making up an account of an anti-gay assault on the BSU campus. Authorities announced that Alex ‘A.J.’ McGillis, 20, of Boise must appear in court on charges…relat(ing) to a false report McGillis made to police…According to police reports, McGillis initially claimed a white male struck him from behind with an object while using anti-gay expletives.”…

Anthos told an almost identical story in his altered police report a week after initially telling police he didn’t know how he’d been hurt, claiming an African-American male struck him from behind with an object while using anti-gay expletives.

Glenn said such fabricated “hate crime” reports are “part of homosexual activists’ manipulative propaganda campaign to promote outrageous legislation under which a criminal would receive a more severe prison sentence for attacking a grown man who’s involved in homosexual activity than he’d get for attacking a pregnant mom or senior citizen or small child.”

“Mr. Anthos’ accidental death was a tragedy to his family and friends because he was a human being, no more so or less so because at some time in his life he may have engaged in homosexual activity,” Glenn said. “Had he or anyone else actually been physically attacked, the assailant should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, not punished any more or less severely based on the victim’s sexual activity.”

Background information

-The Detroit Free Press reported Thursday: “Initially, Anthos told police he did not know what happened to him, police said. But about a week later, he told police he was struck from behind after someone called out, asking him if he was gay.”

-The Associated Press reported Thursday: “‘There’s no evidence that an assault occurred,’ police spokesman James Tate said Wednesday. …’They determined that he died of natural causes,’ Tate told The Detroit News.”

-The Associated Press reported March 21st: “(Cousin Athena) Fedenis said Anthos, who received state disability payments, was diagnosed with mental illness in the 1950s.”

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