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Colorado Springs & The Left’s Blood Libel

Court filings show the mass shooter identifies as non-binary. But the media and other left-wing figures have already blamed conservatives
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Today The New York Times reports that the "Evangelical Vatican" (their words) that is Colorado Springs makes gays feel unsafe in the wake of the gay club massacre:

This community pressed up against the Rockies was known for years as the Vatican of Evangelicals — a home base for a well-funded, well-organized conservative Christian political movement that broadcast dire warnings about the dangers of homosexuality to the nation, and in the early 1990s was instrumental in making Colorado the only state to ever pass a law making it legal to discriminate against people based on sexual orientation.

That was a long time ago, before Colorado Springs nearly doubled in size, outsiders made the city an increasingly diverse place and the community began hosting a yearly Pride parade officially sanctioned by the Republican mayor. Many in Colorado Springs believed the community had moved on.

But last weekend when a gunman stormed into Club Q, one of the city’s few L.G.B.T.Q. clubs, killing five people and injuring 18 others, many members of the L.G.B.T.Q. community and their supporters found reason to question whether Colorado Springs had made as much progress as they thought — especially in an increasingly armed nation awash in extremist views.

The authorities are now holding a suspect, Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22. He was released from the hospital and has been booked in El Paso County jail, according to a tweet from the Colorado Springs police on Tuesday. His motivations were still unclear.

Some in the community saw the attack as a reason to rethink their sense of safety and acceptance in Colorado Springs.

“It was definitely a wake up call,” said Brandon Flanery, who grew up going to an evangelical megachurch in the city but left the community when he came out as gay. He said that until this week Colorado Springs felt increasingly welcoming for people like him. Now, he said, it’s clear: “It’s still not safe.”

But others say the problem is not unique to Colorado Springs, or to the L.G.B.T.Q. community. It’s something much broader.

“I feel like the hyper-partisanship is national, and this idea of the loudest voice wins, the meanest voice wins — it doesn’t feel unique to Colorado Springs,” said Tom Shepard, a filmmaker who grew up in Colorado Springs in the 1990s and now splits his time between there and San Francisco. “The national discourse is very toxic. Of course, how can Colorado Springs not be affected by that?”

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Yep, it's the fault of Christians, and conservatives from coast to coast. All right-thinking people know that. Nancy Pelosi said so:

“That fight remains more urgent than ever, as right-wing extremists target transgender Americans’ most fundamental rights and freedoms.  Whether spouting dangerous rhetoric from cable news desks or openly bullying schoolchildren from the halls of power, MAGA Republicans are cruelly undermining the safety and well-being of our transgender community.  Horrified by such shameless bigotry, House Democrats are proud to march alongside our trans friends, neighbors and siblings as we work to uphold justice and dignity for all.  That is why we enacted fully-inclusive federal hate crime protections with the historic Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.  And it is why the Democratic House has twice passed the Equality Act, landmark legislation extending the full protections of the Civil Rights Act to LGBTQ Americans.

“Heartbroken for so many beautiful souls murdered by hate and guided by relentless activists across the country, let us renew our resolve to build the future that our children deserve.  Together, we will forge a safer, more just America – one where all of its people can freely and proudly exercise their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Daily Kos said so, in a piece it retracted after hearing from Matt Walsh's lawyer:

An NBC News reporter said so:

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Well, well, well, in a tweet that a NYT reporter posted a short time ago (there's nothing in the paper about this as I write this post):

In other words, Anderson Aldrich is a self-identified queer man. We saw in earlier footage of the time last year that the SWAT team responded to the home he shared with his mother, when he threatened to blow it up, that he was a volatile lunatic. This information was widely available days ago. And yet -- and yet! -- the media and prominent liberal voices did not wait for more information to come out. This fit their narrative of a deranged conservative massacring gay people, no doubt urged on by Libs of Tiktok, Matt Walsh, Tucker Carlson, and other conservative figures who dare to question the accepted LGBT narrative. It's a replay of the Jussie Smollett hoax, in which the usual suspects accepted without question the absurd story that poor, poor black Jussie was victimized by "MAGA Country" domestic terrorists.

We conservatives have grown accustomed to this garbage. We know how the Left rolls, especially the propagandists in the media who pose as journalists. But something about this case really cracks me. They flat-out accused the strongest critics of the transgender cult, and the sexualization of children through things like Drag Queen Story Hour, of being party to mass murder. This is blood libel. It would have cost Pelosi, NBC, Daily Kos, and all the rest nothing to have waited until police released a statement about the suspected motive of the killer. But they couldn't do it. They just knew it had to be the fault of conservatives and Christians. Even the early evidence we had that the killer was a raging psychopath did not stop them. They had the Truth. They had witches to burn.

This is not a one-off thing, as you know. I mentioned Jussie Smollett, but it goes back much further. For at least two decades now, LGBT activists have claimed that if we don't give them whatever they want, including total affirmation of whatever they think and do, that we have blood on our hands. It is the vilest kind of manipulation, but it has worked wonders. We hear every year these fake claims that there is an "epidemic" of anti-trans violence, even though looking into the particular circumstances of all the trans people killed in a given year -- as I have done before, here and here -- reveals that the overwhelming majority were killed for reasons that almost certainly had nothing to do with their trans status (e.g., many of them were street prostitutes, one of the most dangerous lines of work that you can undertake).

None of that matters to activists, Democratic politicians, and the news media. Truth is inconvenient to their Narrative, which tells them to construe conservatives, Christians, and even liberals who question their radical claims and goals, as demons with blood on their hands. They did it with the horrific Florida gay nightclub massacre, which was actually carried out by an Islamic radical who swore allegiance to ISIS just before the killings, and who had a history of violence, mental instability, and who was possibly a closet case. They did it with the Matthew Shepard story, which turns out to have been about anti-gay hatred, yes, but also about rampant meth abuse. According to a journalist who reported the complexities of the story for the liberal magazine Harper's, and who talked later to NPR, "Emblematic stories need emblematic victims. So Matthew needed to be an emblematic victim. And as soon as you have to do that, you start creating a kind of myth."

The myth that the Left demands is that religious and political conservatives are anti-gay racists who are responsible for all the suffering of racial and sexual minorities. What they are doing is manufacturing a rationale for oppression, and even violence, against religious and political conservatives, and, on racial matters, against white people. Look, there really are anti-gay haters of the Right. There really are right-wing racists. There really are violent bigots of the Right. But these people, these credentialed hysterics, blame all of us.

We are at war. I struggle to find any other way to see this. Please challenge me in the comments, because I don't want to believe this, because it foretells a dark future for our culture and our country. But it can hardly be clearer what many (not all!) on the Left want for America: a country cleansed of evil conservatives and Christians, where those bad people, those witches, are no longer free to work their evil among us. These blood libels keep happening, over and over again. The slanderers never, ever learn from their mistakes. Never.

I know how this works. I remind you that I was so captive to the emotional narrative I wanted to believe after 9/11 that I refused to see any evidence that warned against going to war in Iraq. I was just in Poland over the weekend, and had some painful conversations with people -- good people, in my estimation -- who believe that the Russia-Ukraine war is a matter of black and white, and that any claims, factual or analytical, that argue against a maximally hawkish, pro-war position are signs of cowardice or some other form of moral weakness. More personally, I am living through the excruciating destruction of my family system at the hands of people -- not all of them in my family! -- who have chosen to believe devastating lies that fit an emotionally satisfying narrative. Just this morning, a dear friend told me about the intense suffering in her own family, a suffering that stands to destroy it, that came because of pressure within the family to believe the narrative put forth by one of her parents, who demanded that everyone accept it, as the price of keeping the peace. When I was writing about the Catholic Church's abuse scandal, over and over and over I saw cases in which congregations, families, and individuals turned against victims, because the testimony of those victims forced them to see things that they didn't want to see, and challenged the settled narrative that gave them peace, and validated what they wished to believe.

Again: I know exactly how this works.

The truth is the only thing that will save us. When the stakes are high -- in matters of war and peace, of life and death -- it is more vital than ever to probe relentlessly for the truth. We must know that it is not possible ever to have the entire truth, but we have to struggle against ourselves often, to try to get to the bottom of things, to the most factually correct version of the truth that we can find. True, we can't always wait for the full story to come out before acting, but the higher the stakes, the more careful we should be -- and we should always work hard to be open to changing our minds in light of new facts and analysis. What is the alternative? False accusations, vengeful violence, destruction of the innocent, even war.

It emerged last week that in 2017, Rachel Levine, the transgendered doctor who was Pennsylvania's top health official at the time, wrote to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia seeking evidence from the scientific literature justifying gender change surgeries on minors. CHOP admitted in the email below that these surgeries were taking place there, even though the hospital knew that there was nothing in the medical literature validating such radical measures:

These powerful medical industry people had no scientific backing for these irreversible, radical measures, but they determined that they were worth doing anyway, because ... Narrative! And now, five years on, the dissident voices in the public square who speak out loudest against this kind of madness stood accused in recent days, in and by the national media, of inspiring mass murder in a gay Colorado nightclub. A mass murder that was in fact carried out by a queer man who has a history of explosive violence and apparent mental instability.

What is the end game here, do you think? Whether they know it or not, these people, the Nancy Pelosis, the Brandy Zadroznys, and all the institutions that allow blood libels like this to go out unchallenged and unrestrained, are preparing America for something horrible. The national media are turning themselves into Radio Mille Collines. Wake up!

By the way, this just went up:

UPDATE: Yes:

CBS aired a long report the other night saying that the Hunter Biden laptop story is true, and reporting on things that were found on the hard drive -- things that anyone who wanted to know could have known two years ago, when it was first revealed. But the mainstream media, and the national security establishment (all those natsec officials who signed that letter calling it "Russian disinformation"), refused to report the facts, and even called those who did liars, suppressing on social media the NYPost reporting. Now even they admit it was true. Why did they suppress it and deny it then? Because it might have helped Trump's re-election effort. Why are they admitting now that it was true? Maybe because they need to build a case for getting rid of Joe Biden before 2024, I dunno.

These people operate in bad faith. I know, hardly breaking news, but remember that, and make your judgments accordingly.

UPDATE.2: Still can't find anything on the NYT website about the Colorado Springs shooter identifying as "non-binary," even though it's in the court filing, or the sad fact that his estranged father is a criminal and a dopehead who is also a porn star. But I did find this new piece in the op-ed section. Excerpt:

They tell us not to flaunt it. They tell us to not shove it in their faces. They tell us not to talk about it. They tell us everything would be fine if we’d just keep it behind closed doors. They tell us these things during Thanksgiving dinner, at Christmas after the kids have opened their gifts, while the game is on and we wanted to try to talk, to explain, to give them a chance to see us, to love us. We don’t want to give up just yet.

When I heard the news about the shooting at Club Q, an L.G.B.T.Q. nightclub in Colorado Springs, I couldn’t help but think of the rhetoric spewed by those like James Dobson.

James Dobson is the founder of Focus on the Family, an Evangelical ministry based in Colorado Springs. The shooter was not an Evangelical. He is officially Mormon, though there is reportedly no evidence that he ever participated in the life of the church. But that doesn't stop the Times from encouraging its readers to blame Focus on the Family, and Evangelicals, for the self-proclaimed non-binary shooter murdering those people. Radio Mille Collines, y'all.

UPDATE.3: Hell yes:

UPDATE.4: It never ends, does it? "News" depends on what is politically useful to those who curate it in newsrooms. Dead LGBTs murdered by a white man are useful; dead Walmart workers murdered by a black male co-worker are not.

UPDATE.5: Shocking interview with the drug-addled, porn star, ex-con who is the estranged father of the Colorado shooter. Claims to be an anti-gay "conservative Republican". This raises the distinct possibility that his son is trolling by claiming to be non-binary. Whatever the truth, this scummy man may well have destroyed his son's mind, and life. If you are looking for someone to blame for poisoning the mind of that young man, look to this creep, not to Focus On The Family or Libs of Tiktok:

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JON FRAZIER
JON FRAZIER
Meh. People going off the in hysterics after an atrocity is, regrettably, normal. We saw it on a gargantuan scale after 9-11 too.
And why on Earth is "Hunter's laptop" being dragged into this? Does TAC now demand that some mention of that storied device be included in every blog piece on the site? And good grief- the guy had a laptop-- I'm shocked! I have three, counting a work laptop that is technically my employer's. I must qualify as a veritable Bond villain! Nothing shows the utter unseriousness of the Right than this particular obsession.
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    John Phillips
    John Phillips
    The laptop contained emails that suggest Joe Biden, who was the VP at the time, got 10% of the Hunter pay to play proceeds. Kind of a big deal.
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      JON FRAZIER
      JON FRAZIER
      Yes, but that is just a rumor without a scintilla of evidence.
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        Peter Kurilecz
        Peter Kurilecz
        the emails clearly say that 10% goes to the Big Guy. do you think he was referring to Obama?
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          JON FRAZIER
          JON FRAZIER
          No such emails were found. They are an invention of the scandalmongering Right.
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        Zenos Alexandrovitch
        Zenos Alexandrovitch
        Testimony from business partners is more than scintilla of evidence.
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          JON FRAZIER
          JON FRAZIER
          What testimony? And good grief it's not like people don't spread rumors of dubious veracity. Evidence means more than "something someone said". Ever had malicious (and untrue) gossip spread about you?
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    Peter Kurilecz
    Peter Kurilecz
    clearly you've not been following the Hunter Biden laptop story, if you had you would know why Rod placed it in this story.
    From its exposure in 2020 prior to the election until now, the left and the MSM have been saying it was all Russian disinformation. much like how the MSM is trying to pin the Colorado shooting on Christian Evangelicals. The problem is that both story lines are false
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      JON FRAZIER
      JON FRAZIER
      Irrelevant. It's Rod veering far out of his lane (heck, far off his highway) to parrot Fox News talking points. He used to be a lot better than that.
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JON FRAZIER
JON FRAZIER
The most troubling issue in this story is why nothing happened after the bomb threat. The guy's family (his target) refused to prosecute or cooperate, a common story in domestic abuse and tiff instances. But that incident raises more red flags than a Soviet Mayday parade and something plainly did need to be done. Prosecutors should have the power to pursue such cases without family cooperation-- and if necessary to compel testimony by them under subpoena. And of course, yet another indictment of our disastrously fouled up mental health system.
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Theodore Iacobuzio
Theodore Iacobuzio
Hey, Frazier, "meh" to you.

It's interesting. When this story first broke I said to my wife, "They [the WaPo and the NYTimes] had better be careful. We don't know anything about this guy [the shooter]." Sure enough, that evening, there were a few stories about the "search for motive". But then the State Media does what the State Media always does: they double down, especially on the op/ed page. Because this shooting was not about mental illness, it was about "hate", you see.
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    JON FRAZIER
    JON FRAZIER
    Oh, good grief we do not have a "state media". Not in this timeline at least. Comments ike this are why I cannot take so much of the Right seriously.
    Normal, sane Reoublicans like Larry Hogan, sure, they may even get my vote (I am not down with all the kooloness of the Democrats either). But tinfoil hats are NEVER an acceptable fashion.
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      JON FRAZIER
      JON FRAZIER
      "Kookiness"
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        Theodore Iacobuzio
        Theodore Iacobuzio
        Humbert Wolfe, a poetaster of the last century, wrote:

        You cannot hope to bribe or twist,
        Thank God! the British journalist.
        But seeing what the man will do
        Unbribed there's no occasion to.
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          JON FRAZIER
          JON FRAZIER
          OK, we can agree on this much: humankind is corrupt and often quite well sucks.
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      Zenos Alexandrovitch
      Zenos Alexandrovitch
      No state media? Haha. You must be a party member.

      The Star Chernobyl, a must read novel, deftly illustrates the state of society media and reveals the Western media as state proxies.
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Bogdán Emil
Bogdán Emil
No, you're right, it's a form of warfare but it's liberal, it comes with a smile on the surface and will last for fifty years. Yes, progressives and liberals are quite capable of being controlling, of wanting to tell you how to live, how to act, how to talk properly.

It's all about I know better because I'm smarter and better and morally more sensitive and more mature and all of that. I bring the kitchen sink, but no, not like a Nazi, I do it with less fury but with equal determination, because I, the superior man, know what's best for us, both you and me.

I really think this is how simple it is, it's prideful arrogance and self-regard masking a care for the community, and we all do it, we're all vulnerable to it, but yes, conservatives and liberals do it differently, in a different style. But it's called confrontation. It is not just a prelude. This is the actual conflict.

I knew I was at war when a seventeen year old stood in front of me and very politely said that calling his fourteen year old sister a boy is a sign of respect. I should use different pronouns and a different name for her. If I don't, then I don't respect her.

Their mom disagrees with them, but she's a liberal, so she does it gently. Guess what? A year has passed by, and this low-level but nonetheless emotionally aggressive intra-family war isn't getting better, it's worse. Now the boy thinks he's a girl. Him and his sister are entertaining each other by making war on social norms. As in any war, they will use any opening.

I haven't a clue how far this could go, but it's already gone further than I could have imagined. The safe bet is pessimism.
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Lloyd Conway
Lloyd Conway
There is no news in in 'the news' being slanted and having an agenda. I haven't watched network news since the 1980s. Why give them a platform here? Ridicule or ignore them. They don't deserve anything else. To continually harp on this theme does not convince one soul likely to read TAC, as they already know these things. This is just one more float in the parade of horribles.
As far as the laptop from hell is concerned, mentioning it here is a red herring. Since you brought it up, I'll remind you that we investigate crimes, not people. That applies to both sides. We don't need to investigate Hunter Biden; we need to investigate any alleged criminal activity, and if he's involved, then he can face the court over what he's accused of.
I read National Review from my teenage years in the late 1970s until the eve of the Iraq War. They went from publishing the likes of Joe Sobran to giving lightweights like Jonah Goldberg space to mediate on the 'locked up girlfriend' phenomenon in college dorms, alongside braying for wars they'd never fight in. I dropped my subscription in disgust.
The same process appears to be at work here. Buchannan, Taki, Lind, et al, giving way to outrage journalism and conspiracy theories. (I refer to the Pelosi story where RD questioned the narrative without cause and the 'ballot harvesting' piece by another writer who clearly knew nothing about elections and had no facts to substantiate what she alleged.)
If this keeps up I'll be an ex-charter subscriber.
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    JON FRAZIER
    JON FRAZIER
    I don;t watch news period (except when I am at someone else's house and they have it on, as my cousin, with whom I am staying for Thanksgiving, does in the morning). We're much better off reading the news, and from several sources, not just one.
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JON FRAZIER
JON FRAZIER
By the way, it seems that this guy never claimed to be non-binary until his arrest. This may well be a ploy to ward off a hate crimes charge. If one is going to be skeptical about news reports,then that needs to be general, applied to all such things.
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    Lloyd Conway
    Lloyd Conway
    I thought the same thing you did. He's trying to save himself by discovering this new 'fact' about his identity. Unless he's ID'd that way for some time past, it is as you said - a device to limit his legal exposure.
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    Zenos Alexandrovitch
    Zenos Alexandrovitch
    So what? If he claims it, he is it. That's what every diversity training program from NYC to San Diego says. It is the fundamental assumption of tranny homosexualism.
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      JON FRAZIER
      JON FRAZIER
      Fortunately the law tends to look at any and all claims with a certain skepticism.
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Martin Terrell
Martin Terrell
One point you would expect from a rational and unbiased media. When there is an atrocity carried out in the name of one religion. we go out of our way to assume that the incident is ‘one off’ and not representative of any group of faithful people, just one crazy and possibly radicalised person with mental health problems. This may or may not be wrong but serves a purpose before we all rush to conclusions.
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    JON FRAZIER
    JON FRAZIER
    So far the evidence that this atrocity was motivated by religion is about equal to the evidence that I'm the heir of Byzantium.
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Zenos Alexandrovitch
Zenos Alexandrovitch
A. I was eating at a restaurant around the corner from the Walmart in Chesapeake when that happened.

B. "The motiveless mass murderer is the martyr of post-modernism." - Jorg Buttgeriet

C. Like in Stephen King's Tommyknockers, the homosexualism is intended to transform humans into something inhuman. Petty, but extreme, violence is the obvious and inherent manifestation of hell that the homosexualism creates.
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