Monday, October 23, 2006

Anti-Semitism Alive and Well; Anti-Islamism not so Much

From WorldNetDaily:
If the latest FBI hate-crime statistics are any indication, of the 1,314 verified offenses motivated by religious bias, 68.5 percent were anti-Jewish.

Only 11.1 percent were anti-Islamic, despite claims of rampant anti-Muslim bigotry in the U.S. by groups like the Council on American Islamic Relations.

Across the board, hate crimes in the U.S. dropped last year by 6 percent, according to the 2005 FBI report release last week, although violence against people based on their race accounted more than half of the reported incidents.

Police nationwide reported 7,163 hate crime incidents in 2005, targeting victims based on their race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and disabilities. That was down from 2004, when the FBI reported 7,649 incidents.

[…] Race-based criminal activity accounted for 54.7 percent of hate crimes last year, up slightly from 52.9 percent in 2004, the FBI found.

Another 17 percent of hate crimes in 2005 targeted victims for their religious beliefs, and 14.2 percent for their sexual orientation.

Sixty percent of the known offenders in 2005 were white, and 20 percent were black, the report showed.

The number of anti-Christian incidents (115, 9.4%) wasn’t much different from the number of anti-Islamic incidents (128, 10.4% - the 11.1% figure was based on “Number of Offenses,” not “Number of Incidents.”). Of course, attacks on Jews and Christians are far more socially acceptable among the lefties in the USA than are attacks on Moslems.

Interestingly, hate crimes appear to be skewed by race, since 20% of offenders were black, while blacks account for only 12.8% of the population according to Wikipedia.

For the record, here is this hotbed of hate we call America, the overall “hate crime” rate works out to about 2.4 incidents per 100,000 people. You stand a much better chance of being gunned down and killed for your money, drugs or insurance (about 5.6 per 100,000, according to the FBI) than of being assaulted or harassed because you “are” something., and a far, far better chance of dying because you hate yourself (the US suicide rate was 10.8 per 100,000 in 2004, according to the CDC – only 6 of the 16,692 homicides in 2005 were due to hate crimes).