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(Addendum: Just for fun, Gawker reports on this too. Comments there should be fun as someone there quickly pointed out that anyone who felt that the case was a hoax when the story was initially reported last month were summarily shouted down. Takeaway: the instincts of liberals are shot – kaput – like the hair follicles of a Real Housewife. Liberalism is a rebellion against instinct.)
My instincts on this story out of Lincoln, Nebraska have panned out. A lesbian woman falsely claimed that three men attacked her, cut bigoted words into her skin, and lit her house on fire. Vigils were held; PayPal accounts were set up; outrage was expressed. But the first giveaway is this: what would motivate three men to attack a lesbian woman in such a way? Even homophobic men don’t typically hate lesbians so strongly. People who are so angry that they would actually carve something in a person’s body are also not likely to leave any loose ends.
Below is a joint statement released by several groups that rallied around the false accuser, 33 year-old Charlie Rogers. You notice that the groups state up front that hate crimes do happen when what should be said first is that this woman lied and her actions should be condemned. And then it’s just more advocacy for gays and lesbians. A professor involved in the activism of this case (before it was found that the woman made a false claim) told me over the phone that she (or he; not to snark, I just couldn’t tell which gender/sex this person was) was told by police that 99% of crime reports are not fabricated and that there is not a pattern of homosexuals to make false reports. To ask is to answer, though.
Here’s the press release; watch the obfuscation and cover-seeking:
Over the past few weeks, law enforcement has been very forthcoming in providing information to leaders of Lincoln’s gay and transgender community. They recently discussed with our organizations the evidence and corresponding analysis in this case. We appreciate their openness during this process.
Law enforcement has reiterated that serious hate crimes do happen in Lincoln. These crimes devastate the very fabric of every community in Lincoln. They cause people to turn their heads over their shoulder in fear. Any allegation of crime or violence motivated by hate deserves the most serious investigation by law enforcement. By working with the FBI and multiple independent analysts, we are confident that this crime has received a balanced and thorough investigation.
We encourage anyone who has been a victim of a hate crime to contact law enforcement. Our recent experience gives us confidence that any crime in Lincoln will be thoroughly and fairly investigated.
In this instance, the complaint was determined to be a false report. The false reports received by law enforcement every year do not invalidate the actual crimes that are committed and investigated by law enforcement in Lincoln.
It is important not to focus on the actions of any single individual. As residents of Lincoln we must continue to bring our community together to declare that violence and hate are not the values of our city. We have come together to say that we will care for those in need. We must not forget what our city is capable of when we join together in one voice.
Many people in Lincoln, not just those who are gay or transgender, will continue to have many questions, mixed emotions and confusion. If you need support, the websites below will be updating with information about support opportunities in the near future