Lesbians charged for faking hate crime

Eight months ago someone wrote “Kill the Gays” on the garage door of two Colorado lesbians, and also left a noose at their home. That was a federal hate crime, and the FBI entered the case. Now the FBI has determined that the two women painted the sign and planted the noose themselves. But guess what: falsely staging a federal hate crime and triggering an eight-month federal investigation into a federal crime that never occurred is not itself a federal crime. So the two women are being charged by local police, for criminal mischief and false reporting.

The story is told by a local news station, and the segment consists entirely of sympathetic interviews with the two women.

Why would two white lesbians plant a noose? Perhaps, like Norman Podhoretz, they believe that all discrimination is one.

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A reader writes:

I beg to suggest that the US Atty could easily charge and convict the false-hate-crime ladies of the Federal felony of lying to a Federal officer. That charge is typically punished by incarceration even when the lie was immaterial, as in the famous Martha Stewart case.

May 24

Roland D. writes:

Is it just me, or do pretty much all of these fake “hate crimes” involve nooses?

It seems that the rule of thumb should be that if a noose is involved, it’s definitely staged (quite apart from the fact that “hate crimes” shouldn’t be a category criminal offenses in the first place).

LA replies:

Yes, logic would lead to such a rule of thumb. But we are not dealing here with logic. The noose, having been used by the Ku Klux Klan to spread fear, is the ultimate symbol of the discrimination, intolerance, and hatred which it is the mission of liberalism to eliminate. So when a noose, or a miniature noose, or a picture of a noose is left at the residence of a member of a protected minority, and the community expresses intense collective alarm and horror at this, they are engaged in a ritual reenactment of the sacred meaning of liberal society. Therefore if the authorities, as soon as such a “crime” was reported, immediately indicated their suspicions that it was a hoax, they would be violating this liberal sacrament. It’s okay if, on lengthy investigation (in this case lasting eight months), they determine that it is a hoax. But openly to suspect right from the start that it is a hoax would be to defecate on the altar of liberalism.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 23, 2012 12:08 PM | Send

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