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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Religious Hate Crimes in America

From the FBI. Interpret this as you will:
Of the 1,750 victims of an anti-religion hate crime:
* 65.4 percent were victims of an offender’s anti-Jewish bias.
* 11.9 percent were victims of an anti-Islamic bias.
* 4.9 percent were victims of an anti-Catholic bias.
* 3.7 percent were victims of an anti-Protestant bias.
* 0.5 percent were victims of an anti-Atheist/Agnostic bias.
* 8.4 percent were victims of a bias against other religions (anti-other religion).
* 5.3 percent were victims of a bias against groups of individuals of varying religions (anti-multiple religions, group).
One thing I would like to point out is the scale these numbers. 1750 victims works out to be 0.00058% of the current population of the U.S. This FBI data would suggest that any single person is about 17X more likely to be shot to death (including suicides and accidents) than be the victim of any type of religiously motivated hate crime in the United states.

-T

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