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'Hate crimes' against US Catholics on the rise

Catholic World News - November 25, 2009

American crime statistics, furnished by the FBI, show a substantial increase in the number of "hate crimes" in which Catholics were the victims during 2008. The FBI figures showed an overall increase of 9% in the number of crimes apparently motivated by the victim's religious faith. Jews were the group most frequently victimized, and the number of incidents involving Jewish victims rose by 17% between 2007 and 2008. But the rate of increase in anti-Catholic crimes was sharper, rising by 24% in the year.

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  • Posted by: SentimentalGent - Nov. 28, 2009 9:23 PM ET USA

    Gee, I didn't think you could have a "hate crime" against Catholics, especially against the orthodox ones. We all have it coming for being homophobic, sexist, close-minded, Crusaders, Inquisitors, witch-burners, etc.

  • Posted by: bppettie - Nov. 25, 2009 8:41 PM ET USA

    So, why not use the new law to file complaints and perhaps civil rights violations under the new hate crimes law that was attached to the defense budget legislation?

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