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11/19/2007

And now for our annual look at hate

by Jeremy Hooper

It's that time of year again, kids. The day when the FBI releases its latest hate crimes statistics:

Hate crimes state for 2006 [FBI]

In terms of gays: Sexual orientation bias is said to have been the basis for 15.5% of the 7,720 reported single-bias incidents in '06 (up from 14.2% in '05). Or as the far right will say of these figures when they try and oppose hate crimes protections for gay people:

[::stick fingers in ears::] "la,la,la,la,la,la, la -- we can't hear you -- la, la, la, la..."

Although it should be noted that religious bias did account for more incidents that sexual orientation, with 18.9% reported on that basis (which is already protected by federal law). Though considering the huge numbers of religious people (gay and straight) in comparison to the much smaller gay community, the fact that only 3 percentage points separates the two groups should only further demonstrate just how cruel the religious right is acting when they oppose our protections while embracing their own!

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Your thoughts

Is there a breakdown on what religions are feeling the bias?

Posted by: Mike in the Tndra | Nov 19, 2007 12:18:18 PM

Mike: Go here:

http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/hc2006/table7.html

Anti-Jewish takes a resounding lead.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Nov 19, 2007 1:56:11 PM

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