Just Murder, Not a ‘Hate Crime’

 

http://theothermccain.com/2015/03/26/just-murder-not-a-hate-crime/

The headline in January was frightening:

Lesbian gunned down in North Philly
A North Philadelphia lesbian was shot in broad daylight [Jan. 13] while on her way to work.
Kim Jones, 56, was shot in the head at 9:30 a.m. while she was standing on the corner of 12th and Jefferson streets near Temple University, waiting to take the bus to work, police said.
The gunman came up behind Jones, who was wearing headphones, and shot her point-blank in the back of the head.
Investigators believe Jones was targeted, but a motive had not been announced as of presstime.
“She had her purse, she had her cellphone, she had jewelry on, none of which was taken, none of which was disturbed,” said Homicide Capt. James Clark in a press conference Tuesday.
Officer Tanya Little, a police spokesperson, said investigators are aware that Jones, who married her partner last month, was a lesbian, and do not yet know if that could have played a role in her killing.
“Investigators have not ruled out anything at this point,” Little said.

That fear-inspiring possibility — an incipient wave of anti-lesbian terrorism, perhaps? — was left to dangle in the public mind for a couple of weeks until police solved the case:

Randolph Sanders was careful.
Lurking in a breezeway on the morning of Jan. 13, with a gun tucked into his duffel bag, Sanders hid his face under a cap and bulky headphones.
He was careful, police said, not to look at the security cameras that captured him when he approached his boss — Kim Jones — and shot her in the back of the head as she waited for a bus. . . .
Police said Jones suspected him of stealing funds — about $40,000. He was convinced that she would report him to authorities and that he would lose his job at Turning Points for Children, the organization where they worked, police said.
On the morning Jones was killed, she had scheduled a meeting with the Department of Human Services, which funds Turning Points.
Sanders, 36, knew she was going to turn him in, Homicide Detective James Clark said.
“He laid in wait, and he ambushed her,” Clark said.
Sanders had been hired by Jones in 2012 and served as theassistant director of the nonprofit’s Families and Students Together (FAST) program, an after-school outreach designed to strengthen parents’ bonds with their children.
Turning Points said in a statement Monday that it believes the alleged misappropriation of funds was “an isolated incident” but will hire a third-party investigator to look into the matter.
An investigation into the allegedly stolen funds is ongoing, but Clark said police believe Sanders had been stealing gift cards meant for families participating in the FAST program and keeping them for himself.
He has been charged with murder and related offenses.

The anti-gay hate-crime angle was never a valid concern despite the LESBIAN GUNNED DOWN IN BROAD DAYLIGHT fear-mongering coverage. It is important to understand how the media deliberately manipulate perceptions. The murder of Matthew Shepard was portrayed as a hate crime, despite every evidence to the contrary, because gay activists figured out that depicting homosexuals as victims — and depicting opponents of the gay agenda as motivated by dangerously violent “hate”– was the key to political success. Both the news media and the entertainment industry have seized on this theme, promoting the Gay Victimhood narrative so relentlessly as to foment paranoia and generate a certain number of fake hate-crime hoaxes. Meanwhile, public school administrators are twisting themselves into pretzels to be “inclusive” and “tolerant” of homosexuality, implementing “anti-bullying” campaigns based on the belief that our society is pervaded by an irrational homophobia that causes gay kids to commit suicide.

What should disturb us about this is how unbalanced and unrealistic these perceptions are. Studies indicate that only 2.3 percent of the U.S. population (about 1-in-40) is gay or bisexual, and yet media have exaggerated this to the point that young adults believe 30 percent of people are gay! The same media which so exaggerate the size of the gay population also foster the idea that gay people are persecuted victims of oppression and, because elite culture has become so oriented toward the protection of victimized minorities, anyone attempting to counter-balance this narrative is more or less automatically accused of hate.

Crazy people don’t need any special incentive to be crazy, but this victimhood rhetoric can incite crazy people to do crazy things: Floyd Lee Corkins told the FBI he attacked the headquarters of the Family Research Council because the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) identified them as a “hate group” due to their traditional marriage views. And then there’s the case of Jan Hamilton of Aspen, Colorado.

In 2001, when she was 59, Hamilton was attending a Bible study class at a Baptist church in Aspen when she and another woman in the class became involved in a lesbian relationship. After a couple of years, the other woman broke off the relationship and “Hamilton became relentless in her quest to re-enter the woman’s life,” according to an Aspen Times articleabout the case. In 2005, Hamilton was banned from the church and it appears that her stalking of her ex-lover escalated:

[The victim testified at a 2012 hearing] that despite a restraining order she filed in 2008, Hamilton would often show up at her home uninvited, or send emails and other bits of correspondence, until some point in 2010.
Hamilton’s activities affected her well-being to the point where eating and sleeping were difficult, the woman testified.
“It’s very upsetting,” the woman said. “I have come to understand that Ms. Hamilton is relentless in the pursuit of her agenda and will stop at almost nothing.”
The restraining order, and promises from Hamilton that she would leave her alone, made no difference at all, the woman said.
“I live constantly knowing something’s going to happen, but I don’t know how or where or when,” she said.

And then there’s this:

Hamilton has filed numerous lawsuits over the past few years against her perceived adversaries, claiming everything from sexual discrimination to retaliation and defamation to attempted second-degree murder. . . .
Hamilton says she is afflicted with cancer because of the stress that residents, landlords, churchgoers and others have inflicted upon her. Others have suggested, in court and otherwise, that Hamilton has extreme mental-health issues.

Kuh-RAY-zee! It’s not against the law to be crazy, but our nation’s mental-health facilities are overcrowded, and so it’s impossible to lock up all the lunatics. Earlier this month, Jan Hamilton was back in court:

An Aspen woman [March 6] was arrested for the 16th time in six years after she allegedly violated restraining orders by driving by a church from which she is banned — to the point where the pastor said congregation numbers are dwindling — and using a networking website to contact a person named in a protection order.
Judge Jonathan Pototsky of the 9th Judicial District set bond for Jan Hamilton, 73, at a cash-only amount of $30,000, telling her that he would raise it to $50,000 or $100,000 if she bonded out and continued to commit offenses.
Hamilton, as she has repeatedly, said she was innocent and is being persecuted for being a lesbian. She once spent 25 months in jail on similar accusations; was on trial March 4 for harassment and bail-bond violations (the judge has not yet rendered his verdict); and is to be sentenced [March 16] in two cases in which she was convicted for false reporting and harassment.
In the latest case, a member of Christ Episcopal Church of Aspen contacted Aspen police officer Jeff Fain on March 1. The man told Fain that Hamilton drove by the church repeatedly and asked members going in and out to pray for her. A restraining order prevents her from contacting the man, his wife and others, and Hamilton is also prevented from going to places where she knows the people will be.

Of course, Jan Hamilton has a Twitter account — all the lunatics are on Twitter now — and has used it to claim that she is a victim of a “Religious Extremist Lynch Mob,” invoking the 2009 Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act. When federal law encourages this victimhood mentality, are we surprised that paranoid lunatics like Jan Hamilton think they have a “right” to harass people at churches? And a very similar phenomenon is at work when we see rape hoaxes on university campuses. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand continues her crusade to deny male students ordinary due-process protections, and liberals claim that fraternities trying to protect themselves against false accusations are a “rape lobby.”

The problems caused by endless celebrations of victimhood are going to keep getting worse, until people wake the hell up.

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