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FBI reports spikes in anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic incidents

Ilyas Wadood, right, of the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix talks with a demonstrator during the "Freedom of Speech Rally Round II" on May 29, 2015. More than 200 protesters, some armed, berated Islam and its Prophet Muhammed outside the mosque that day in a provocative protest that was denounced by counterprotesters shouting "Go home, Nazis." Photo courtesy of Reuters/Nancy Wiechec *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-HATE-CRIMES, originally transmitted on Nov. 15, 2016.

(RNS) Though Jews remain the most frequent victims in America of hate crimes based on religion, the number of incidents against Muslims surged in 2015, according to newly released data from the FBI.

Hate crimes against Muslims spiked 67 percent from 2014 to 2015. That represents 257 anti-Muslim incidents.

Robert McCaw, government affairs director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the jump in anti-Muslim incidents continues to rise and even accelerated after the Nov. 8 election.

Hate in 2015. Graphic courtesy of FBI

Hate in 2015. Graphic courtesy of FBI

The FBI data show 664 incidents against Jews and Jewish institutions motivated by anti-Semitism — an increase of about 9 percent.

“We are troubled that the FBI’s annual hate crimes report revealed an increase in the number of reported hate crimes — including an increase in the number of race-based crimes, crimes directed against Jews, and against the LGBT communities – and a significant increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes,” said Marvin D. Nathan, national chair of the Anti-Defamation League.

“It is essential not to just assume a direct connection between these reported hate crimes and the inflammatory and divisive presidential election campaign. However, community climate matters and we have documented an unprecedented amount of bigotry and intolerance on the campaign trail,” he said.

The FBI, which collects data on hate crimes leveled at victims because of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, reported 5,818 incidents in 2015 overall, a more than 6 percent increase from the previous year.

Of those crimes, about 20 percent were categorized as crimes rooted in religious bias. In the previous year, such crimes accounted for about 17 percent of the total hate crimes.

“This unprecedented increase in bigotry of all kinds must be repudiated in the strongest terms possible by all our nation’s leaders, beginning with President-elect Donald Trump,” McCaw said.

The new FBI data confirm CAIR’s own report of an unprecedented number of incidents targeting mosques in 2015.

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt and other experts on bigotry noted that the FBI report, though it represents the best data available on hate crimes, underestimates the problem.

“Despite the extraordinary outreach and enforcement work by the Justice Department, it is disturbing that at least 85 police agencies in cities over 100,000 in population did not participate in this report – or affirmatively reported that they had zero hate crimes.”

“Data drives policy,” he continued. “And the FBI’s annual report is the most important national snapshot of the hate crime problem in America.”

The largest group of hate crimes, the report shows, is motivated by racial or ethnic hatred — accounting for nearly 60 percent of incidents. Of those, more than half targeted black Americans.

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Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe has been a national reporter for RNS since 2011. Previously she covered government and politics as a daily reporter at the Charlotte Observer and The State (Columbia, S.C.)


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  • It’s been obvious from the beginning that Christians intimidate you Spud, but you don’t need to make up stories about them proving the point, time after time.

  • There is nothing Christian about committing hate crimes against anyone for any reason. As the dominant religion in America, they need to denounce this loudly, publicly and very, very often.

  • I wonder if the FBI corrects all of the hate crime hoaxes? Surely they are fair and unbiased.

    Crazy………just before I moved from Georgia, I passed a digital sign at the police department. The sign was a list of felons wanted on warrants. Out of the 10 or so Latinos pictures, all of them were described as ‘White”.

    But I’m sure the Federal Agencies don’t have an agenda. Nah. Not to mention assaults on white men and women are never classified as a hate crime.

  • I can assure you Leftness, any self-professing Christian committing a hate crime is not a Christian.
    Btw………what is a hate crime? Is it only a “violent” act? If not………..”who” decides whether it is hate or not. Is “Hate” an objective word now? Curious. But I’m sure you will tell me. 🙂

  • Roy, “hate crime” seems to be subjective. There was a gentleman in Canada handing out flyers regarding homosexuality and happened to include a few homosexual home. That was considered a hate crime. Something we know is not done of hate….

  • “Something we know is not done of hate….”

    LMAO! We know is not done out of hate? On what planet is that ever true?

  • Roy, a hate crime is one which produces “generalized terror in the group to which the victim belongs, inspiring feelings of vulnerability over the other members, who could be the next victims[;] ominous effects over minority groups or over groups that identify themselves with the targeted one, especially when the referred hate is based on an ideology or doctrine that preaches simultaneously against several groups[; and] divisions and factionalism arising in response to hate crimes are particularly damaging to multicultural societies.”

    In short, hate crimes are terrorism.

    Re “I can assure you Leftness, any self-professing Christian committing a hate crime is not a Christian”, I hope that you are expressing agreement with Her, and that when you read of such terrorism in RNS articles and posts, you “denounce this loudly, publicly and very, very often.”

  • Sure. I am even more loving than the tone Christians like yourself take to gays, atheists and people of other sects. 🙂

  • Regarding your source of information,, Wikipedia’s only reference to this site is a citation* under its entry for “Council of Conservative Citizens”:

    The Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) is an American far-right organization that supports a large variety of conservative and paleoconservative causes in addition to white nationalism,[2] and white separatism.[3] Its Statement of Principles says that they “oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind”…. Gordon Lee Baum, a retired personal injury lawyer, was CEO until he died in March 2015.[7][8]…
    [2] Adam G. Klein (June 2010). A Space for Hate: The White Power Movement’s Adaptation Into Cyberspace. p. 93. ISBN 978-1-936117-07-9.
    [3] “Council of Conservative Citizens – Statement of Principles”. Retrieved July 24, 2012….
    [7] “Gordon Baum Who Helped Found CCC Has Died”. SPLC Hatewatch. March 3, 2015. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
    *[8] “Tribute to Gordon Baum”. March 3, 2015. Retrieved June 22, 2015.

  • I agree. Unfortunately there are plenty of people who claim to be Christians who commit hate crimes.

    Ask the FBI for the definition of “Hate Crime.” It’s an official designation. For myself, I know it when I see it, but that’s my personal definition, holds no weight anywhere but with me.

  • Perhaps you would find it more useful to actually read the referenced FBI report because there actually are FBI recorded hate crimes against whites. There is even a quick overview. And you can even find hate crimes against Christians.

  • I completely agree Sandi. “Hate” is a word that the Cultural Marxists have weaponized. Just like ‘racist’. Do some research/study into the Frankfurt School/Cultural Marxism. We are up against it Sandi!

  • Found to cross the line, by who? liberals? Your first source is an ultra liberal newspaper.
    As for the courts – you expect a liberal, secular source to judge a Christian resource?

  • Here is but one example of what I am referring to —

    A Calgary indigenous woman who knocked out a Caucasian woman’s tooth while yelling “I hate white people,” didn’t commit a racially motivated crime, a judge says.

    Provincial court Judge Harry Van Harten, in a written decision, said Tamara Crowchief’s motivation for striking Lydia White was not related to racial bias.

    Crown prosecutor Karuna Ramakrishnan, who had sought a sentence of 12 to 15 months, argued Crowchief’s unprovoked attack last Nov. 1, amounted to a hate crime.

  • First, my first source was the first that popped up googling your assertion. All major media would have made a similar report as to the court’s findings. So I am not sure what ultra liberal has to do with it.

    You mustn’t have read the ruling . I would be disappointed in fellow Christians who would deem at least the two flyers as even being worthy of being considered a Christian resource. Flyers depicting homosexuals as a menace threatening the safety and well-being of others, representing them as “inferior and untrustworthy”, and portraying them as them as child abusers/predators puts them past being a Christian resource. (And on a side note, to me a resource is something that is asked for, not something that lands on my doorstep.)

    Given that the Court held that Bible passages, biblical beliefs and the principles derived from those beliefs can be legally and reasonably advanced in public discourse indicates to me that a ‘liberal, secular court’ was able to judge a Christian resource quite fairly

  • They are a menace threatening the safety and well being of others – they are immoral
    Child abusers/predators:

    Homosexual pedophiles sexually molest children at a far greater rate compared to the percentage of homosexuals in the general population. A study in the Journal of Sex Research found, as we have noted above, that “approximately one-third of [child sex offenders] had victimized boys and two-thirds had victimized girls.” The authors then make a prescient observation: “Interestingly, this ratio differs substantially from the ratio of gynephiles (men who erotically prefer physically mature females) to androphiles (men who erotically prefer physically mature males), which is at least 20 to 1.”[17]

    In other words, although heterosexuals outnumber homosexuals by a ratio of at least 20 to 1, homosexual pedophiles commit about one-third of the total number of child sex offenses.

    Similarly, the Archives of Sexual Behavior also noted that homosexual pedophiles are significantly overrepresented in child sex offence cases:

    The best epidemiological evidence indicates that only 2 to 4 percent of men attracted to adults prefer men (ACSF Investigators, 1992; Billy et al.,1993; Fay et al.,1989; Johnson et al.,1992); in contrast, around 25 to 40 percent of men attracted to children prefer boys (Blanchard et al.,1999; Gebhard et al.,1965; Mohr et al.,1964).Thus, the rate of homosexual attraction is 6 to 20 times higher among pedophiles.”[18]

  • One of the biggest problems with the above is the assumption that homosexual pedophilia and is the same thing as homosexual orientation. See – a reprint of a published peer-reviewed paper ‘Male Homosexuality, Science and Pedophilia’. More specifically he concludes that “Given
    the precision used by professional sex researchers, the question ‘How many
    gay men are pedophiles?’ also evaporates. To ask ‘how many gay men are
    pedophiles’ is to ask ‘how many of the men with a primary interest in adults
    have a primary interest in non-adults?’ The answer is none. This answer,
    however, is not mere word-play. It is long established that both homosexual
    teleiophiles and heterosexual teleiophiles show the same (very low) level of
    erotic response to stimuli involving children (Freund et al., 1973). If one’s
    primary interest is in adults, it is not in children, regardless of the
    child’s sex.”

    A pedophile is a pedophile – they are not interested in sex with adults. Not the same.

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