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December 05, 2019

Washington Post Reports on a Hate Crime Hoax The Only Way It Knows How -- By Portraying the Vicious Hoaxer as the Real Victim Here

As sympathetic a depiction as a premeditated criminal could hope for. Of course.

First, the crime, and progressives' weaponization of it, including at their churches, by which I mean Late Night Talk Shows:

On the Sunday morning after the 2016 election, Stang had discovered the church's walls defaced with black spray paint: a swastika, along with the words "Heil Trump" and "Fag Church."

The graffiti in rural Indiana became a national sensation, part of a string of high-profile hate crime reports in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory. Late-night television host Stephen Colbert featured an image of one of the tagged walls during a monologue. The church's priest, the Rev. Kelsey Hutto, appeared on CNN to champion the values of St. David's, an island of liberalism in conservative Brown County.

The hate crime was ultimately to have been perpetrated by Nathan Stang, a gay man in the church who played the organ (of course).

Even though this means it's still a hate crime -- Stang attempted (successfully!) to drum up hatred against Christian conservatives, and tried (successfully!) to tear a community apart with hatred -- it's now no longer a hate crime or really a crime at all.

It's just some understandable Victim Retaliation.

You owe Nathan Stang your sympathy, h8rz.

As a gay man, Stang had dreaded the unexpected triumph of Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, an ardent opponent of same-sex marriage and other LGBTQ rights. Stang’s boyfriend, a professional flutist, had wept after the election results were finalized.

When Shrader appeared on his doorstep five months later, in April 2017, Stang was struggling with major depression. Over the winter, he had contemplated suicide. His face -- fine-featured and quick to come alive when he sat at the keyboard or stood before a classroom of undergraduates -- was covered in dark stubble.

As I mentioned, Stang was quite successful in creating hatred and a desire for actual violent retribution.

To the parishioners who gathered in the parking lot to stare at the graffiti on the morning of Nov. 13, 2016, the motive for the crime -- and its connection to a season of political vitriol -- seemed obvious. Jim Huber, the church's senior warden, found his thoughts turning to a nearby property flying a Confederate flag. Michael Day, a retired doctor, felt an upswell of righteous anger. "My attitude was, 'This is my church family. My family has been hurt,'" Day recalled. "I was ready to go out Nazi-hunting."

How much shit did they put that innocent flag-flier through?

The Post doesn't say. It doesn't matter -- the only thing that matters is the pain and agony of this Special Gay Snowflake Hate Criminal.

Hey, maybe we should change the names of Hate Crimes when they're perpetrated by Cherished and Privileged Minorities. Maybe we should call them Love Crimes.

Because they're done with Love.

The Post then turns to pretending that these sorts of hoax hate crimes (which, I have to repeat, are genuine hate crimes, just false flag hate crimes directed at a non-privileged Identity Group), are "rare" and that real hate crimes are totes more common.

Real hate crimes far outnumber fake ones. Exact estimates vary, but academic researchers put the number of confirmed hate hoaxes in 2016 in the dozens -- a tiny fraction of the 6,121 crimes of bias reported that year to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

But when they do occur, they invariably generate intense publicity-- stoking denunciations by those who say they damage the credibility of legitimate hate-crime victims and fueling assertions by others that most bias-motivated attacks are fake.

Oh, it's just that the false-flag hate crimes generate so much publicity. That's why they seem so common.

Of course, the media never reports on them. The Post is just getting around to doing a sympathetic, excuse-filled report on this one from January 2017.

In the regular media, they always report the claim of the hate crime, and always with urgent denunciation.

Then they just forget about it when it turns out to be a false-flag hate crime.

But yeah, Washington Post -- it's just all the publicity from the media that makes these seem very, very common.

Is there anyone to blame for this crime, I mean, apart from the criminal who actually perpetrated the crime, but whom it is forbidden to blame?

Why, yes.

We can blame this Real Victim Here's Tea Partier mother.

"He is one of the most talented musicians I know," said Jay Hurst, a fellow IU doctoral student and composer.

At Eastman and at IU, Stang thrived socially, making friends whose interests, from Prokofiev to PlayStation, matched his own. But his relationship with his mother began to fray. In temperament and intellectual interests, Rhonda -- an extroverted newspaper ad clerk -- was very different from her son. Still, for as long as Stang could remember, she had been his closest friend and confidante.

"I used to trust her with anything, and talk to her about anything," he recalled.

He had come out in 2008, when he arrived at Stetson. Though his mother had long suspected he was gay, she struggled to accept it. She dreamed of grandchildren, and a devoted daughter-in-law. She worried about her son being persecuted.

"I have no problem with anyone being gay, "she said. "But it was a little different when it came to my own kid."

Yet it was politics, not sexual identity, that drove mother and son apart.

When Barack Obama was elected, Rhonda embraced the tea party movement.


She began to fear that the U.S. government was dominated by a network of shadowy, corrupt elites bent on enriching themselves and destroying citizens’ freedoms. She wept when Obama won a second term, and as his presidency came to a close, she began trying to interest Stang in strange theories she discovered on YouTube.

Arrest her. Finally, we've identified the Real Convenient Scapegoat.

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