Thursday, January 14, 2010

More on Islamophobia

CNS News has some interesting statistics on hate crimes in the United States. Turns out the fears peddled by organizations like CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) of an anti-Muslim backlash and spike in in hate crimes are not backed up by data.

Quite the reverse: there have been no/no reported attacks since the Fort Hood shooting and the attempted destruction of Flight 253. Instead, "[i]n 2008, a whopping 67% of religiously motivated attacks were against Jews, while just 7% targeted Muslims — even though the Jewish and Muslim populations are comparable in size. Even Christians, at 9%, account for a higher share of victims."

So please, all my dedicated and wonderful readers: next time someone accuses Americans of being Islamophobes, push back! The facts are on your side.

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