Hate Crimes Muslims No Worse Off Than Jews

by David J. Rusin

Original URL: http://www.islamist-watch.org/blog/2011/11/hate-crimes-muslims-no-worse-off-than-jews-gays

According to newly released FBI statistics for 2010, anti-Islamic hate crimes in the U.S. rose by almost 50% last year (160 incidents, 186 offenses, and 197 victims in 2010, compared to 107 incidents, 128 offenses, and 132 victims in 2009). Those who push the "Islamophobia" narrative to muzzle critics of Islamism are touting the report as proof that Muslims face unique perils at the hands of American bigots. Yet proper context, found primarily in this table, reveals that criminal acts of hate against Muslims fall far short of an epidemic:

Aptly critiquing the responses to different faith-based hate crimes, Jonathan S. Tobin asks:

Because the far greater number of attacks on Jews is not viewed (even by those groups dedicated to monitoring anti-Semitism such as the Anti-Defamation League) as proof the country is boiling with hatred for Jews, how can anyone rationally argue that the far fewer number of assaults on Muslims can justify the conclusion that Islamophobia is rampant?

For Islamists, though, rationality comes second to their agenda. "CAIR and other groups like it want and need hate crimes against Muslims, because they can use them for political points and as weapons to intimidate people into remaining silent about the jihad threat," notes Robert Spencer.

Even one case of violence or vandalism driven by the victim's faith is too many, so the growth of anti-Islamic crimes should not be dismissed as meaningless. However, only Islamists benefit from exaggerating the true scale of the problem. Let us counter their propaganda with facts.

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