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Hate Crimes

More than two-thirds of U.S. adults believe hate speech and crime have increased in the past five years, and many point to social media and the internet as a prime reason for the spike, a survey found. […] Read More

With anti-Muslim attacks on the rise in the U.S., Christians must offer a more loving way by unconditionally extending radical hospitality to all people of all faiths, in all places, at all times, throughout all of creation. […] Read More

Anti-Semitic hate crimes in the U.S. increased by 37 percent in 2017, according to the FBI’s annual Hate Crimes Statistics report. Islam also saw a double-digit percentage of hate crimes. […] Read More

While news of reprehensible things still shocks and unsettles most of us, we are undergoing a public desensitization, which will result in our merely noting, not decrying and crying over, these awful things. Lord, have mercy. […] Read More

Anti-Jewish sentiment is the basis for a majority of the hate crimes with a religious bias each year in the U.S., according to an analysis of FBI data. […] Read More

Religious bias was behind 21 percent of single-bias crimes in the U.S. in 2016, according to the FBI’s 2016 Hate Crime Statistics released on Nov. 13. “A single-bias incident is defined as an incident in which one or more offense types are motivated by the same bias,” the FBI explained. “As of 2013, a multiple-bias […] Read More

The U.S. has seen a 23 percent increase in religious hate crimes from 2014 to 2015, and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) reported that crimes against Jews were the most common and crimes against Muslims were the fastest growing. Violence against someone based on their religion is classified as a hate crime in U.S. law, explained […] Read More

RUTHERFORD, N.J. (RNS) An attack early Wednesday (Jan. 11) on a New Jersey synagogue—the fourth such incident in a month—is being investigated as an attempted murder and a bias crime, leading to increased concern and security measures from Jewish leaders and law enforcement officials. Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said Congregation Beth El in […] Read More

The Kansas House Appropriation Committee debated on March 15 if the population of 500 wild hogs should be controlled by using gunmen in helicopters. During the debate, state Rep. Virgil Peck Jr. (R-Tyro) said, “If shooting these immigrating feral hogs works, maybe we have found” a solution “to our illegal immigration problem.” Later, shrugging off […] Read More

Several Christian conservative leaders are doing some serious fretting about a pending hate crimes bill. Congressional Democrats have proposed adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of federally prosecuted hate crimes. The bill carries the name of Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old Wyoming college student who was murdered 10 years ago because he was […] Read More