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Hate crimes — Who is the victim?

June 14, 2010

Every time that there is an actual or attempted terrorist attack perpetuated by Islamists, we are warned about the risk of “Islamophobia.”  The media warns us and Muslim spokespeople warn us.  The public is reminded to not blame all Muslims for the actions of some Muslims.  The assertion seems to be that Canadians (and Americans and Europeans, etc.) cannot make the distinction.  Given all of the rhetoric, one might assume that Muslims are being targeted and attacked for their religious beliefs.  Muslims must be the target of numerous hate crimes, no?  No.

Statistics Canada just released a summary of hate crimes reported to police in 2008.  Which religious group is the most targeted?  Jews.

There were 165 Jews targeted compared to 26 Muslims; crimes against Jews had increased 42% while those against Muslims had fallen slightly.  We should also remember that there are more Muslims than Jews in Canada.  The most recent data I could find was from the 2001 Census — 579,640 Muslims and 329,995 Jews.  Since there are high rates of Muslim immigration into Canada, it is safe to assume that the difference is even greater now but I’ll have to use those numbers for my calculations.  Based on 2001 hate crimes and the 2001 census counts, there were 4.5 hate crimes per 100,000 Muslims and 50 hate crimes per 100,000 Jews. Over ten times as many.

So, could someone please explain to me again, who should be worried about attacks from whom?

One Comment leave one →
  1. June 15, 2010 10:16 pm

    I think that the real question should be after how many terrorist attacks on “Western Democratic” soil does the “irrational fear of Islam” become a rational fear?

    Granted, I don’t think that we’re quite there yet, but it was quite rational, in the fall of 2001, to be fearful of more attacks by radical Islamic terrorists.

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