A statistical analysis of the FBI’s newly released hate crime statistics for 2013 made by David J.Rusin of Islamist Watch shows that, as in previous years, most hate crimes in America were not religiously motivated.
Taking the data provided by the FBI, Rusin's analysis shows that Muslims suffered 13.1 of all hate crimes motivated by religion (versus, for example, Jews, who suffered 60.6 percent of all religiously motivated hate crimes).
One significant point these statistics speak to is that the narrative continually reinforced by Islamist organizations in America like the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) that Muslims – and hence, by proxy, Islam — are under constant attack is false.
As Rusin writes, "The hate crime statistics for 2013 offer a fresh example of how reality refuses to conform to the dubious narrative of widespread Muslim victimization at the hands of American bigots."
Rusin's analysis confirms that, despite Islamist attacks on American soil – from 9/11 to Fort Hood to the Boston bombing, the statistics show that “Islamophobia” has not become a part of American culture.
The groups that suffered the most hate crimes, in order, were blacks (1,856 incidences), gay men (750), whites (653), Jews (625), Hispanics (331), people of other ethnicities (324), LGBTs in general (277) and lesbians (160).
Asians and Muslims each suffered 135 incidences of hate crimes, accounting for 2.3 percent of all hate crimes.
Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, a former member of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood front, recalls being at a group meeting in the early 1990s where the idea was proposed to use “Islamophobia” as a political weapon. Of the use of the word, Muhammad later said, “This loathsome term is nothing more than a thought-terminating cliche conceived in the bowels of Muslim think tanks for the purpose of beating down critics.”
The FBI’s data shows the truth of this tactic. Of the 5, 928 hate crimes reported in 2013, only 17.4 percent were religiously motivated.
Rusin points out that, although five more hate crimes against Muslims were recorded in 2013 than in 2012, this year’s numbers were lower than the average number of hate crimes committed against Muslims between the years of 2002 to 2011, which numbered 139 per year.
Rusin makes the interesting calculation that, when the numbers are taken as a percentage of population, Jews suffered the greatest amount of hate crimes at 9.6 hate crimes per 100,000 Jews, while Muslims suffered the least amount at 4.6 anti-Islamic incidents per 100,000 Muslims.
CAIR and other Islamist groups thrive on convincing Muslims that they are under constant assault from racial bigots and an oppressive state. For CAIR, which was recently designated a terrorist group by the United Arab Emirates, playing the “Islamophobia card” is a weapon to be used to enhance their own prestige and pursue their political agenda. It is certainly not born out by facts.