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Not a Single Muslim Has Died Due to Islamophobia

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On January 12, 2013 @ 9:44 pm In The Point | 31 Comments


That’s the conclusion of David J. Rusin’s review of hate crimes statistics [2], which finds not only that Islamophobia is overblown [3], statistically, but that it also tends toward the petty.

Adding the FBI data yields per capita frequencies of hate crimes for the past decade. Of the five main minority groups discussed above, Jews were most likely to experience hate crimes, with 14.8 incidents per 100,000 Jews annually. Homosexuals and bisexuals (combined) came next (11.5), followed by blacks (6.7), Muslims (6.0), and Hispanics (1.1). Rates for majority whites and Christians were much smaller.

With hate crimes befalling Muslims far less often than they do Jews or homosexuals and bisexuals and slightly less often than they befall blacks, it is clear that anti-Muslim incidents are disproportionate to those targeting other minorities only in terms of the hype generated on their behalf.

And indeed, despite the rather small number of such events, the FBI hate crimes page features a Muslim woman, rather than a gay man or a black man, who are far more likely to experience a violent hate crime.


As the usual voices fault “our oversaturated Islamophobic environment” and “growing anti-Muslim hate,” they neglect to mention how rare it is for an actual or perceived Muslim to die in a hate crime. By the FBI’s count, 74 people were killed in hate crimes (“murder and nonnegligent manslaughter” in Table 4) from 2002 to 2011, but not a single one in an anti-Muslim incident. Indeed, the FBI lists no anti-Muslim fatalities since 1995, corresponding to the earliest report available.

A review of the 2011 hate crime statistics shows just four hate crime killings.  1 anti-black and 3 anti-gay. Going back to 2010, we find 3 anti-other religion and 1 anti-black murders. 2009 saw 3 anti-white murders, 2 anti-black murders, one anti-indian murder, 1 anti-gay murder and 1 anti-latino murder.

Even 2001, the golden period in Islamophobia-mongering, the hate crime statistics list 10 murders. None of them fall into the Anti-Islamic [4] category.

Muslims have claimed that Islamophobia in America has turned lethal. The most prominent such case, turned out to be traditional Muslim husband-on-wife violence disguised as a fake hate crime.

An illustrative example is the March 2012 murder of Shaima Alawadi, a hijab-wearing California woman found beaten to death at home with a note calling her a terrorist beside her body. Islamists and their credulous media allies pounced at the opportunity to condemn the supposed tidal wave of “Islamophobia,” even as marital problems emerged as a potential motive. In November, police arrested Alawadi’s husband.


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[2] David J. Rusin’s review of hate crimes statistics: http://www.islamist-watch.org/12057/hate-crime-stats-deflate-islamophobia-myth

[3] inds not only that Islamophobia is overblown: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/337417/hate-crime-stats-deflate-islamophobia-myth-david-j-rusin

[4] hem fall into the Anti-Islamic: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/hate-crime/2001

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