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    I remember hearing about this case, and it struck me as strange at the time but not enough to write about it.

    Add the case to a long line of fake hate crimes — which often occur on campuses or among students/faculty, where the desire to achieve a political point and be a hero victim seems all too common.

    From The Hartford Current (h/t Instapundit):

    The day Alexandra Pennell addressed an anti-hate rally at Central Connecticut State University about the anti-gay messages scrawled on her door, police had begun to question her claims.

    Twice the video surveillance system placed in Pennell’s room to help police identify the person responsible for scrawling the notes had been disabled, in one case just before a note was slid under Pennell’s dorm room door.

    Police say only after they set up a second camera in a hall closet — a camera that Pennell did not know about — did they learn the truth: Pennell had been writing the notes herself.

    For a partial list of hate crime hoaxes, see this Google search.

    Video added (h/t reader Infidel Joe):

    Cops: CCSU student faked anti-gay harassment:


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    Browndog | July 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    If that isn’t the very definition of what they define as a hate crime, I’ll need someone to tell me why.

    If you have to manufacturer your persecutors, you aren’t persecuted. That isn’t a very difficult concept.

    Teaching evolutionary principles promotes low self-esteem, which engenders self-hate crimes.

    Unfortunately, the natural order is the defining order and not an article of faith as is evolution, God, etc.

    That said, it’s interesting to consider that several thousand years ago, God’s order was recorded, and we have since confirmed that it is compatible with the natural order. Perhaps Darwin was not the first human being to recognize evolutionary principles in practice.

    With respect to evolutionary fitness, why is our society attempting to normalize a behavior which is objectively dysfunctional?

    There are behaviors which we normalize, tolerate, and reject. There is no legitimate reason to normalize a behavior which has no redeeming value to either society or humanity.

    I suppose if we tolerate promiscuity, and the dysfunctional biology and relationships it engenders. We can also tolerate homosexual behavior and the same consequences for society and humanity.

    Anyway, as we have observed increased physical and mental defects in our children, a majority who reproduce in the minority, STDs (e.g. AIDS), divorces in the majority, elective abortions on the order of millions, and generally progressive dysfunction throughout society, we should be careful how we classify behaviors and especially those we choose to normalize.

    Henry Hawkins | July 3, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Liberal TEJTM* thinking:

    1. Anti-gay harrassment occurs.
    2. I don’t like it.
    3. I am ready to stand up against it and end it.
    4. I’d draw more attention were I a victim of it.
    5. But I’m not a victim of anti-gay harrassment.
    6. Anti-gay harrassment occurs.
    7. Does it matter if I’m not the precise victim of it?
    8. I falsify evidence of anti-gay harrassment.
    9. I claim to be a victim of anti-gay harrassment.
    10. My efforts now receive attention.

    *The ends justify the means.

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