Following the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, warning Americans about “backlash” on Muslims has become quite common with the media and some politicians. On Sunday, President Obama spent much of his address to the nation cautioning Americans not to direct anger towards Islam, again saying that this “is what ISIL want[s].”
Stats from the FBI, however, indicate that backlash against Muslims is minimal compared to crimes committed against those of other religions.
Via Breitbart, here are the most recent FBI statistics:
Of the 1,140 victims of anti-religious hate crimes:
- 56.8 percent were victims of crimes motivated by their offenders’ anti-Jewish bias.
- 16.1 percent were victims of anti-Islamic (Muslim) bias.
- 6.2 percent were victims of bias against groups of individuals of varying religions (anti-multiple religions, group).
- 6.1 percent were victims of anti-Catholic bias.
- 2.5 percent were victims of anti-Protestant bias.
- 1.2 percent were victims of anti-Atheist/Agnostic bias.
- 11.0 percent were victims of bias against other religions (anti-other religion). (Based onTable 1.)
We have yet to hear President Obama directly address acts anti-Semitism in the United States, which happen to constitute almost 57 percent of all religious hate crimes. Considering this number has increased in recent years, perhaps it’s something the media and politicians ought to take a look at.
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