Accuracy in Media

In a recent article on a Florida pastors’ planned Koran burning, ABC News stated the following: “The coalition of religious leaders have called on the Obama administration to take a more public stance against hate speech and hate crimes that have recently become commonplace, and urged Holder to speak out forcefully” (emphasis added). The article went on to claim that the religious leaders who gathered at the Tuesday meeting “met separately in Washington to condemn the anti-Muslim sentiment” (emphasis added).

Apparently, the article means to imply that anti-Muslim hate crimes have become “commonplace.”

Except—have they really? The FBI’s most recent statistics (from 2008) show the following breakdown of religiously-motivated hate crime:

* 65.7 percent were anti-Jewish.
* 13.2 percent were anti-other religion.
* 7.7 percent were anti-Islamic.
* 4.7 percent were anti-Catholic.
* 4.2 percent were anti-multiple religions, group.
* 3.7 percent were anti-Protestant.
* 0.9 percent were anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc.

Moreover, only 19.5 percent of hate crime in 2008 was religiously-motivated. If any religiously-motivated hate crime is commonplace, it’s got to be hate crime against Jews—not Muslims. Between Catholics and Protestants, the most recent data shows that there are more hate crimes directed toward Christians in the United States than Muslims.

As Newsbusters points out, using statistics from the FBI report:

In 2008, the last year such statistics were available, there were 2,876 hate crimes against blacks, 1,297 against gays, and 1,055 against Jews.

Yet, with only 105 such disgusting acts committed against Muslims, America’s media want you to believe this nation is Islamophobic.

Indeed, the media seems to be completely unaware of the fact that really, Muslims are among the least-targeted people in this country.





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