If you’re a homosexual, and you can’t find anyone that would want to commit a “hate crime” against you, and you’re in desperate need of attention, just do it yourself and blame the homophobes. That’s what lesbian and former Nebraska basketball player Charlie Rogers did. But it didn’t quite work out the way she wanted it to.
She went to great lengths to convince her community that she was the victim of a violent “hate crime” initiated by 3 masked men. Here are some details from the UK’s Daily Mail:
“Rogers, a lesbian, said one man pinned her down while another sliced a cross into her chest, cut the front of her thighs and shins and carved derogatory words in her arms and abdomen…. She claimed they then rolled her onto her stomach and cut her buttocks, the back of her thighs and the back of her right calf. Rogers then crawled from her Lincoln home naked, bleeding and screaming for help around 4am.”
Rogers claimed that the male assailants beat her up, spray-painted “anti-gay” slurs on her walls and even tried to set her house on fire by lighting gasoline that had been poured around her house perimeter. The fire died out soon after it was lit…in the same way that public outrage died out after they found out the truth.
Rogers’ Lincoln, Nebraska community and many homosexual activist groups around Nebraska supported her as a victim of a “hate crime.” Thousands rallied at a church service and several candlelit vigils in her honor. A local tattoo parlor offered discount “NO H8” tattoos, $10 of each tattoo going to a fund for Rogers. They raised over $500 for Rogers. Things were looking up for her, but when no suspects were found during the police investigation, people started to wonder if the whole thing was fabricated.
Rogers went on the defensive and gave tearful interviews with the media and police, calling herself a “victim” and a “survivor”:
I understand that people sort of have a hard time wrapping their heads around the things that have happened, as do I. …But I’m a person with feelings, with concerns. For people to think that this doesn’t happen here, it does. It did. …Being a victim in a situation like this or a survivor and then having your integrity questioned, I guess, it feels very victimizing again. …It makes an already difficult situation more difficult because my world has been changed forever by these events.
The police weren’t buying her story. The fact that the cuts on her body were superficial, straight and symmetrical indicated that there was no struggle, and that either she cut herself or someone else did with her consent. She claimed the attack happened on her bed, but her bed was found made up and neat with no blood on it. The three items recovered from the crime scene were white gloves, a red box cutter and zip ties, which she bought from the local hardware store days before the “attack,” and only her blood was found on the white gloves and the box cutter. In spite of all the evidence, she still contends that the attack happened as she reported it. She’s now facing up to a year in jail and a hefty fine for lying to the police.
Nebraska LGBT groups issued this statement: “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.”
Sure they don’t “focus on the actions of any single individual.” They don’t when it doesn’t suit their agenda, like Ms. Rogers or the Family Research Council shooter. But they and their media friends wouldn’t dare lose focus on those like Chick-fil-A that merely make statements they disagree with. Those on the left have to resort to pathological lying and elaborate role-playing in Ms. Rogers’ case in order to justify their worldview. If they aren’t in enough pain in the real world to elicit sympathy from their society, they have to fabricate their victimization, and sometimes it backfires when people find out the whole story. People’s pity toward them shifts from sympathy for the victim of a crime to sympathy for the victim of a chemical imbalance.