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Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Are Not the Threat Loretta Lynch Is Making Them Out to Be
by Ian Tuttle
Like Newton's or Mendel's or Rothman's, an incontrovertible law seems to govern the reaction to acts of Islamic terrorism in the U.S. It runs something like this: If the perpetrators of terrorism are Muslims, the most pressing problem American authorities face is not Islamic terrorism; it's anti-Muslim rhetoric/crime. Thus, as the nation reeled from the deadliest act of Islamic terrorism on American soil since September 11, Loretta Lynch declared her "greatest fear" to be the "incredibly disturbing rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric" in the U.S., and promised that her Justice Department would "take action" (though how, precisely, is a matter of dispute).
But just how common are crimes against Muslims?
According to the FBI's annual Uniform Crime Report, there were 1,014 hate-crime incidents motivated by religious bias in 2014. Of those, 154 — 15.2 percent — were anti-Islamic, a slight uptick from 2013's 135 incidents (13.1 percent).
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