Religion and Hate Crimes

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In 2008, the Uniform Crime Reporting program of the U.S. Department of Justice — Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that “13,690 law enforcement agencies submitted hate crime data to the UCR Program. Of these agencies, 2,145 reported 7,783 hate crime incidents involving 9,168 offenses and of the 7,780 single-bias incidents reported in 2008, 19.5 percent were motivated by religious bias” (1). The statistics of 2008 are alarming to look at because the numbers of hate crimes committed in that year are exceedingly high. These numbers are in the thousands and most of these crimes are coming from states like New York, New Jersey and California (Hate 1). The statistics only confirms that religion is a major contributor into hate crimes against people of Jewish and Muslim decent. These acts are defended because they are believed to be true for the offender. Because of religion, hate crimes are still very much prevalent in society. Hate crimes are according to Perry's book, In the Name of Hate: Understanding Hate Crimes, is “a mechanism of power intended to sustain somewhat precarious hierarchies, through violence and threats of violence. It is generally directed toward those whom societies has traditionally stigmatized and marginalized” (3). As Perry explains, hate crimes are a way in which people of color, ethnic and religious minorities are reminded of ‘their place’ and if they step--geographically or politically—outside the carefully establish boundaries of permissible behavior, nonwhites are frequently confronted with a not-so-friendly reminder of their subordinate status” (5). These not-so-friendly reminders are in forms of assault, vandalism and in extreme cases: murder. Victims of hate crimes have the right to express their... ... middle of paper ... ...ffenses - Hate Crime Statistics, 2008." FBI — Federal Bureau of Investigation Homepage. Nov. 2009. Web. 15 May 2010. Jina Moore. "Post 9/11, Americans say Muslims face most discrimination.” The Christian Science Monitor 11 Sept. 2009, ProQuest National Newspapers Core, ProQuest. Web. 1 May. 2010. Kisken, Tom, and Koehler Tamara. "Teens Are Often Hate Recruits." The Ross Institute. 11 Dec. 2004. Web. May-June 2010. Marks, Alexandra. "After 'hate-crime' Melee, Calm Eludes Quaker School / The Christian Science Monitor - CSMonitor.com." The Christian Science Monitor - CSMonitor.com. 27 Jan. 2009. Web. 01 May 2010. Perry, Barbara. In the Name of Hate: Understanding Hate Crimes. New York: Routledge, 2001. Print. "Religious Hate & Intolerance Is Nothing New in America." Another Perspective - Progressive Liberal Political Commentary. 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 08 May 2010.

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