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Fighting Hate Crimes

November 21, 2007
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LGF had a little post titled The Truth About Anti-Islamic Hate Crimes a few days ago which links to Robert Spencer’s plea to his readers to remember these stats next time CAIR claims protected victim  status.  Interesting posts but they do little to show the reallity of the rise of Anti-Islamic hate crimes.  God knows I have issues with CAIR often but on the other hand I can’t play down the reality that hate crimes against Muslims happen and have risen sharply since 9/11.

Let’s take a look at the statistics of incidents over the years:

2000:

 Religion: 1,472

 Anti-Jewish 1,109

Anti-Catholic 56

Anti-Protestant 59

Anti-Islamic 28

Anti-Other Religious Group 172

Anti-Multireligious Group 44

Anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc. 4

28 Anti-Islamic incidents.  That’s a really low number.

Figures are pretty low, but let’s move on to post 9/11

2001:

Religion: 2,004

Anti-Jewish 1,117

Anti-Catholic  38

Anti-Protestant 36

Anti-Islamic 546

Anti-Other Religious Group 211

Anti-Multiple Religions, Group 51

Anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc.  5

546 Anti-Islamic Incidents! 

2002:

Religion: 1,426

Anti-Jewish 931

Anti-Catholic 53

Anti-Protestant 55

Anti-Islamic 155

Anti-Other Religion  198

Anti-Multiple Religions, Group 31

Anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc. 3

155 Anti-Islamic incidents – at least it is down but it is still not reflective of pre 9/11.  (fyi – 1999 and 1998’s incidents were in the 20’s as well)

2003:

Religion: 1,426

Anti-Jewish 987

Anti-Catholic  78

Anti-Protestant 50

Anti-Islamic 155

Anti-Other Religion 118

Anti-Multiple Religions, Group  25

Anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc. 13

Holding steady at 155 incidents.

2004:

Religion: 1,374

Anti-Jewish 954 

Anti-Catholic 57 

Anti-Protestant 38 

Anti-Islamic 156 

Anti-Other Religion 128

Anti-Multiple Religions, Group 35 

Anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc. 6

2005:

Religion: 1,227 

Anti-Jewish 848 

Anti-Catholic 58 

Anti-Protestant 57 

Anti-Islamic 128 

Anti-Other Religion 93 

Anti-Multiple Religions, Group 39 

Anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc. 4

2006:

Religion: 1,462

 Anti-Jewish 967 

Anti-Catholic 76 

Anti-Protestant 59 

Anti-Islamic 156 

Anti-Other Religion 124

Anti-Multiple Religions, Group 73 

Anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc. 7

Let me go on further to say that racial hate crimes by far have the largest number of incidents.  They account for 51.8% of the 2006 stats while religion accounts for the next largest group of hate crimes at 18.9%.  No hate crime is acceptable and that is all that any of us should have to say on the matter.  While Anti-Jewish hate crimes do make up for a greater percentage of religiously biased hate crimes that doesn’t excuse that Anti-Islamic hate crimes have risen sharply in recent years.  No hate crime should be downplayed.

You can access all of the information on hate crime statistics here.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 22, 2007 3:49 am

    almost anything can be considered ‘anti semitic’ to a jew so don’t be surprised its on the top of the lists. Saying something negative about Israel is also considered a hate crime.

  2. November 27, 2007 11:04 pm

    Such statistics are only the tip of the iceberg, unfortunately. It is that part of being human that divides us by race and color and religion and politics. Inshallah, the time will come when all those supposed differences are celebrated as the infinite and joyous variety of humanity.

    Ya Haqq!

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