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Submitted by Optop (Canada), May 6, 2010 at 11:18

Based on an estimated 350 anti-Muslim hate crimes: If one considers the population of the United States in 2007 (about 310,000,000), 350 hate-crimes seems like a very small number and certainly not indicative of a problem at large (roughly 1 anti-muslim hate crime to a million people). In fact it is surprisingly small considering the physical and verbal attacks on the USA by Islamic-based government, organizations and individuals and considering the wars in the Middle East that has to date claimed over 4400 American lives.

Lets bring the 350 anti-Muslim hate crimes into perspective : If there are 6,000,000 Muslims in the USA and 350 legitimate hate crimes, this indicates that approximately 0.0058% of the Muslim population that is affected. Not a significant number.

There are far more serious hate crimes committed in the United States: There were over 16,000 murders in the USA in 2007, or almost 47 people murdered for every anti-muslim hate crime. There were over 230,000 sexual assaults on women during the same period, or 657 sexual assaults for every anti-muslim hate crime. What does one think should have priority? Murder, rape or someone overstepping their freedom of expression?


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Slightly off-topic, this regards fake hate crimes [73 words]Anon.Dec 22, 2016 17:49234827
I'm surprised... [238 words]LeslieDec 19, 2016 13:39234753
One should add further fake 'hate-crimes' [347 words]Anon.Dec 19, 2016 10:27234747
2worth repeating [41 words]Jules PostenJul 28, 2013 10:31208582
4If CAIR were to comment on Kashmir [104 words]PrashantDec 9, 2012 17:06201278
5Hate crimes against Muslims vs others [123 words]stanley bMay 21, 2012 22:23195756
3Bring it into perspective [193 words]OptopMay 6, 2010 11:18172292
Real stats [146 words]pedzSep 13, 2009 02:00161455
2mohammed said to lie to "infidels", faking hate crimes fits the bill. [93 words]Phil GreendMay 26, 2009 19:48156208
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2religion of peace? [207 words]JamieNov 28, 2006 11:3654475

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