Islamophobia and the ‘Hate’ crime statistics

Do you think that Muslims are one of the main groups in western societies that are the victims of ‘Hate’ crimes because of religious ‘bias’ against Islam? An entire word was created to describe ‘bias’ against Islam: Islamophobia. No other religion has been given a term like this so it must be a pretty big problem like homophobia right?

We constantly read stories in the news where they show some sweet, young, attractive woman in a hijab who was verbally abused for being Muslim, or who didn’t get a job because she refused to meet dress requirements. We read numerous articles after terrorist attacks in western countries, where reporters interview Muslims who say that they are afraid of reprisals against them.

Knowing what you know and having read all the Islamophobia articles in the news, which religious group from the top ten religions in America do you think are top of the ‘Hate’ crime statistics? Do you think they might be there because there are so many of them? Do you think it is because some members of their religion do terrorist acts thereby causing fear in the general population? If you answered yes to both of these questions you would be wrong.

Jews and Jewish institutions were the target of a majority of?last year?s?religiously motivated crimes in the US,?according to an FBI?report?released on Monday.

According to the FBI, 58.2?percent of ?religious bias? crimes recorded in 2014?were against Jews and Jewish institutions.

The 2014 FBI Hate Crime Statistics Act (HCSA) stated that hate crimes motivated by religious bias accounted for 1,092 offenses reported by law enforcement officials last year. The majority was?anti-Jewish, followed by 16.3%?anti-Islamic and 6.1% anti-Catholic.

…Marvin D. Nathan, national chairman of the Anti-Defamation League, and ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said in a joint statement that?the number of religion-based crimes against Jews and Jewish sites is ?deeply disturbing.??They added,??It shows that Jews in the US continue to be targeted for hate crimes at a disturbingly hate rate.?

Nathan and Greenblatt also?called for more government and community action to address the fact that more than 100 cities with a population of over 100,000 either reported zero hate crimes or ignored the?FBI?s?request for their 2014 data.

?While it is possible that a large city would not experience a hate crime in a calendar year, serial zero reporting raises doubts about a department?s training to identify these crimes ? and readiness to address them,? they?said in their statement. ?The significant number of zero-reporting and non-participating police agencies across the country calls this welcome decrease in reported hate crimes into question.?