Discrimination against Muslims in the USA will be the topic of a Senate subcommittee hearing today, less than three weeks after a House panel focused on the terror threat posed by the radicalization of Islam.TRUTH:
There are an estimated 2.6 million Muslims living in the USA.
Sen. Dick Durbin, the assistant Senate majority leader, called the hearing as chairman of the Judiciary Committee's panel on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. He stressed in an interview this morning on CNN that his session is not a response to the controversial House hearing held by Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s most recent hate crime statistics, released Monday, show that crimes committed due to racial biases are the most prevalent and that — despite a great deal of rhetoric to the contrary — for crimes committed due to a religious bias, it is still safer to be Muslim than it is to be Jew.
According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program in 2009 there were 8,336 victims of hate crimes. 48.8 percent of those victims were targeted because of a racial bias, 18.9 percent because of a religious bias, and 17.8 percent because of a bias against a person’s sexual orientation.
There were 4,057 victims of racially motivated hate crimes. Over 70 percent of those victims were targeted because of an anti-black bias. The second highest group targeted because of race were victims of an anti-white bias (16.5 percent).
Of the 1,575 victims of a religious bias, over 70 percent were victims of an anti-Jewish bias. The second highest group, at 8.4 percent, were the victims of an anti-Muslim bias.