Jussie Smollett, Fake Hate Crimes, and a Biblical Perspective

“It pays to be a victim. Sympathy is the currency of narcissists. It makes people feel good to receive sympathy and turns victims into instantaneous heroes for no reason other than that they were victimized (which feeds the narcissism). Likewise, showering sympathy upon the allegedly oppressed signals virtue which, again, makes narcissists feel good about themselves.”

(JD Hall – Pulpit & Pen)  Jussie Smollett will forever be known as the celebrity who put a noose around his own neck, paid his friends to lightly beat him up, and falsely claimed that MAGA hat-wearing Cretans gave him a racist and homophobic working-over. Fewer will remember the name of ‘Charlie’ Rogers, a lesbian from Lincoln, Nebraska, who carved a cross on her chest and falsely claimed that she was beaten for being a sodomite. Fewer still will know the names of hundreds – if not thousands – of fraudsters who wrongly claim to be the victims of so-called “hate crimes.”

However, Wilfred Reilly, writing for USA Today, claims to have found at least four-hundred such fraudulent faux-victims. Those are only the ones substantiated by the journalist, with thousands more probably fake claims out there. Each and every claim of a hate crime is reported in the press and investigated by police. Rarely does the media report when the investigation ends with the finger of empirical evidence pointed back at the alleged victims. And yet, it happens all the time. The Yasmin SeweidAir Force AcademyEastern MichiganWisconsin-ParksideKean College, Covington Catholic, and “Hopewell Baptist burning” incidents all name just a few. According to the research, there are approximately 7 thousand reported hate crimes in America each year, with about 10% provenly false and many (if not most) of the others unsubstantiated.

Many ask the question why? Why would a lesbian carve herself up with a knife? Why would a black gay actor in Chicago blame his self-beating on the only two MAGA-hat wearing Republicans in New Chicago? Why would Kyle J Howard – who is half-white and whose wife is Asian – claim his wife was afraid to be alone at Southern Seminary because of racism and why did he claim to be afraid to be left alone with James White? Why did those women make up the falseallegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh?

Where did all the imaginary, play-pretend, fraudulent, fake, phony, baloney victims come from and why are they here? Furthermore, what should a Christian think about the epidemic of false witness regarding victimization? View article →