Yet another supposed hate crime has been revealed to be a hoax intended to frame right-wingers. It was the gay organist.
A Brown County church vandalized with Donald Trump graffiti shortly after the 2016 election wasn’t targeted by pro-Trump political activists, but a member of their own congregation, according to police.
People suspected the KKK or some other hate group was responsible for the graffiti. The arrest of the church organist, was a surprise – and a relief.
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.
The organist! It’s always the organist…
Detectives immediately suspected the crime was committed by someone familiar with the church. They said cell phone records put Stang in the area Saturday night.
According to court records, when confronted with the evidence, the 26-year-old gay man confessed.
Investigators say Stang admitted to painting the “Heil Trump” and “Fag Church” graffiti himself because he wanted to “mobilize a movement after being disappointed in and fearful of the outcome of the national election.” He insisted his actions were not motivated by anti-Christian or anti-gay sentiments.
Ron Smith, a Brown county resident, shook his head.
“Is there any rhyme or reason or sanity in any of this action?” Eyewitness News asked.
“I don’t think,” Smith said.
Isn’t it weird when they don’t find enough hatred to inspire others to opposition, so they have to make it up?
BUT, while this was a hoax, don’t be a scumbag like Tucker Carlson, who implies there aren’t real crimes driven by hate or rhetoric on our side.
Another “Trump hate crime” turns out to be a HOAX pic.twitter.com/3E5k6DcsvI
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) May 6, 2017
Let’s be rational people and not dim-witted blind partisan tribalists.