Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Islamophobia - the new anti-Semitism?

With this nut-job crusader, Terry Jones and all of his "Islam is of the Devil" haters, down in Florida ready to burn a pile of Muslim holy books on the anniversary of 9/11, it makes you wonder.

Is the rising tide of anti-Islam sentiment taking over the Jews top spot in the world of religiously motivated hate crime?

One only need look around. There have got to be five or ten instances of vandalism against Muslim centers and construction sites since the recent controversy over the "Ground Zero Mosque." And now this! Fifty or so crazies having a weirdo BBQ on "Burn a Koran Day!" Is Islamophobia the new anti-Semitism?

Just the facts, ma'am.

According to the most recent FBI numbers, hate crimes against Jews still top the list, at a staggering (but quite normal) 65.7%. Look at the numbers regarding anti-Islamic motivated hate crimes.

Religious bias

There were 1,606 hate crime offenses motivated by religious bias in 2008. A breakdown of these offenses shows:

65.7 percent were anti-Jewish.
13.2 percent were anti-other religion.
7.7 percent were anti-Islamic.
4.7 percent were anti-Catholic.
4.2 percent were anti-multiple religions, group.
3.7 percent were anti-Protestant.
0.9 percent were anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc.

Mr. Jones and his lunatic fringe have the White House giving them all of the press they need to spark even MORE Jihad around the world. All the while, of course, Israel has an Islamic madman of their own ready to "wipe Israel off the map." Back door, Bibi?

No worries, Ahmed, you won't see any pogroms coming your way. We Jews, we still pay the price for whatever the fuck we did so long ago. I can't help but wish, even just a teensy bit, that the tide would really honestly turn toward you... because while you may not be the barbarian your brothers are - you do nothing to stop them.

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