Year after year, American Jews are far more likely to be the victims of religious hate crime than members of any other group. That was true even in 2001, by far the worst year for anti-Muslim incidents, when 481 were reported — less than half of the 1,042 anti-Jewish crimes tabulated by the FBI the same year.And provided by a commenter to the article:
Does all this mean that America is in reality a hotbed of anti-Semitism? Would Time’s cover have been closer to the mark if it had asked: “Is America Judeophobic?”
Of course not. Even one hate crime is one too many, but in a nation of 300 million, all of the religious-based hate crimes added together amount to less than a drop in the bucket. This is not to minimize the 964 hate crimes perpetrated against Jews last year, or those carried out against Muslims (128), Catholics (55), or Protestants (40). Some of those attacks were especially shocking or destructive; all of them should be punished. But surely the most obvious takeaway from the FBI’s statistics is not that anti-religious hate crimes are so frequent in America. It is that they are so rare.
As Jacoby noted, by far the all-time high for anti-Muslim “incidents” (the government’s term) was 2001. That year, there were 481 such incidents reported to the feds by law-enforcement agencies, encompassing 546 separate offenses. But even in the wake of 9/11, the number of those that were murders was zero. The number of aggravated assaults (i.e., actual violence): 27.This is especially important when set in juxtaposition to the continual stream of stories from countries across the Islamic world demonstrating oppression, persecution, violence, and mass killings against religious minorities - particularly Christians. As well as the studies and surveys that have done nothing other than show that Muslims by the tens of millions still support terrorism and the unrestrained killing of Westerners and Christians.
By far the most common offense (296) fell into the nebulous category of “intimidation.” Mostly that means “talk” — words exchanged that someone decides to report, name-calling in the course of a dispute, that sort of thing. Another 123 offenses were vandalism — often, graffiti. Nasty? Sure. A crime wave? Hardly.
That, in a nation of (then) around 280 million, in a year with 11.8 million crimes. Do the math.
I know it's from our 'America Sucks' mentality we have developed over the last few generations. But perhaps it's time to turn the lens around and see the cup half full. That despite it all, despite the constant condemnations from our media, academia, pop culture vendors, and international community, you'd be hard pressed to find a more tolerant, accepting nation than ours.