Powered by WebAds

Monday, August 30, 2010

There's no such thing as 'Islamophobia'

If hate crimes are the measure, there's no such thing as Islamophobia, at least in the United States. And here's the proof.
Jews, lesbians, gay men and Caucasians, among others, are all more frequently the target of hate crimes, FBI records show. Reported anti-Muslim crimes have declined over recent years, though they still exceed what occurred prior to the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

"We see hate crimes generally go in spurts, and are often in relation to international or domestic events," Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Friday.

In 2008, 105 hate crime incidents against Muslims were reported nationwide. There were 10 times [1050. CiJ] as many incidents that were recorded as anti-Jewish during the same year, the most recent for which figures are available.

The number of anti-Muslim hate crimes leaped to a record 481 in 2001, apparently prompted by the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center. It hasn't been nearly that high since.
In other words, in 2008, there were more than twice as many hate crimes against Jews as there were hate crimes in the United States against Muslims in 2001. And then consider that - at least according to Muslims - there are many more Muslims in the United States than there are Jews.

Recall that a phobia is an irrational fear of something. It sounds like the only phobia here is Muslim fear of hate crimes.


At 10:23 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

The rate of hate crimes for Jews is closer to 10 times the number as for Muslims for 2008.


I'm not a big fan of hate crime reporting. But when you consider that there are roughly (and it's been this way pretty consistently since the FBI has been issuing the hate crime statistics) 1/2 the number of hate crimes against Jews than against blacks. So per capita Jews are 3 times as likely to be victims of hate crimes as blacks.


Post a Comment

<< Home