Another Media-Favorite Hate Crime Turns Out False

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Here we go again, time and again fake hate crime just makes me cringe. Not long after this last election the media was obsessed with the “rise” in hate crimes. In particular a church in Bean Blossom, Indiana had been spray-painted with a swastika and the phrase “Heil Trump.” written on the side as well as a derogatory slur for gay people.

Now police are reporting that this particular crime was, in fact, entirely “false flag” carried out by the church’s organist who, himself, is gay.

The Brown County prosecuting attorney’s office issued a statement Wednesday saying they had charged 26-year-old George Nathaniel Stang of Bloomington with institutional criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. Stang was the man who originally claimed to have found the graffiti, and works as the organist at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Bean Blossom…

In a three-page, handwritten statement, Stang, according to court records, wanted to “mobilize a movement.”

“I suppose I wanted to give local people a reason to fight for good, even if it was a false flag,” he wrote. “To be clear my actions were not motivated by hate for the church or its congregation. I of course realize now, this was NOT the way to go about inspiring activism.”
In its initial report on the incident, the Washington Post quoted Rev. Kelsey Hutto on her decision to leave the graffiti in place for a few weeks. “It’s no secret that the atmosphere of hatred has kind of permeated the nation right now,” Hutto told the Post. According to the Daily Caller, the Post mentioned the incident in 15 separate stories.


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