Those Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes ‘Soaring to Their Highest Levels’ Since 2001


The Sunday New York Times for September 18 carried a story by Eric Lichtblau about a “study” by “researchers” at the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at the San Bernardino campus of California State University, purporting to show that “hate crimes against US Muslims are not just “on the rise” but have “soared to their highest levels since the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.” While the FBI’s hate-crime statistics are not going to be released until November, data from this center, which is compiled from police reports, suggest that “hate crimes” against Muslims have risen 78% in one year. Some “scholars” of the subject believe that the anti-Muslim animus cannot be linked to the attacks all over the place, in Europe and America, by Muslim terrorists, nor to the attacks carried out in the Middle East – in Syria, Iraq, and Libya – by members of the Islamic State, nor to the aggressive, often criminal, behavior, of so many Muslim migrants in Europe, with the constant stream of news about gang rapes, mob violence, property crimes large and small. No, it’s all the fault of some remarks of Donald Trump about the need to keep out, or at least vet more thoroughly, Muslim migrants. It’s not what Muslims do, it’s not what anyone can read in the Qur’an and Hadith, it’s what people like Trump say that supposedly explains the rise in these “hate crimes” against Muslims.

  • Frances

    Shouldn’t they equally highlight the number of :”Allah akbar” deaths and injuries have also risen substantially?

    • Martin B

      That would upset the Narrative.

    • K1

      pah! just look at the number of Muslim ‘hate on’ me crimes in the last 2 years
      ….I bet most of their ‘hate’ complaints are false…how are ‘hate’ stats made?

  • V10_Rob

    Many of us were willing to buy the ‘tiny radical minority who have perverted their faith’ narrative. We didn’t know a lot about islam, but it seemed plausible enough, as we were already familiar with people calling themselves Christians doing crazy and violent shit.

    In the many years since, we’ve amended our ignorance and learned plenty about islam. Each new ‘unrelated’ attack forms a pattern that fewer and fewer can ignore, and our tolerance wears ever thinner.

    Islamophobia is growing NOT out of fear of the unknown or irrational prejudices against people who are different, but BECAUSE we have become very familiar with what islam is about and can clearly identify why it is (at best) incompatible with our own culture and (at worst) an active threat.

    • simus1

      Well said.

  • Barrington Minge

    Being “anti muslim” is not a hate crime. It is a natural response to muslim behaviour over the last 14 centuries and the evil cult they belong to.