Muslim Americans faced more anti-Muslim bias but fewer physical assaults in 2008, according to a report released Thursday by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations.
"In 2008, Muslims continued to face barriers to their full and equal participation in American society. Certain individuals and institutions persisted in profiting by smearing Islam,” the report said. "American Muslims continued to fear profiling, surveillance and undue scrutiny by law enforcement and other authorities.”
Hmmm, 'more bias'... so let's go further in.
The study said CAIR recorded 2,728 incidents of anti-Muslim discrimination or bias in 2008, a 3 percent increase from 2007. So-called hate crimes (acts involving threats or physical violance) fell 14 percent, from 135 to 116.
Ok, 'CAIR recorded'. I went to Dogpile and searched, and found some things. Like the FBI 2008 Hate Crime statistics; I copied the numbers covering two particular religions:
Bias motivation Incidents Offenses
Anti-Jewish 1,013 1,055
Anti-Islamic 105 123
So according to that, Jews have faced far more of actual reported hate crimes than muslims in 2008; they break it down to
- 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. (Based on Table 1.)
Ok, how 'bout 2007?
Against Jews, 969 and 1010
Against Muslims, 115 and 133
So numbers against muslims are down, and against Jews are up.
There are all kinds of ways to take that press release, especially the face barriers to their full and equal participation and Certain individuals and institutions persisted in profiting by smearing Islam lines; based on some of the crap they've thrown out in the past, I probably count as 'profiting by smearing'(so where's my damned check? Huh?); and by 'facing barriers' they might well mean "Some people say mean things about us". In both cases, Screw you. One of the nice things about that pesky 1st Amendment is I can say what I think(which in this case includes "Cair is a terrorist-supporting bunch of RWPPs") and they can't stop me. Every religious group in the country catches crap from somebody; it just that most of them don't whine and moan and demand protection from the mean words like CAIR & Co. does. And, when you consider that CAIR gets whiny and threatening when someone does something as insensitive as, oh, speaking uncomfortable truths about some members of the Religion of Submission...
They also have this in the release:
CAIR expressed concern about government surveillance of Muslims and mosques, profiling, and worries that many politicians play on public fears about Muslims and equate tolerance of Muslims with weakness on national security.
Bull-effin'-crap. There's surveillance of muslims and mosques because of those that are involved in terrorism and supporting terrorists; you don't like being watched, do something about the members of your religion that want to murder and rob and rape in the name of your religion. When there's one of the periodic 'right-wing terrorism' scares due to either the SPLC or DHS having a spasm, we wind up with anyone who says anything unkind about a federal agency or politician being 'suspected'; so deal with it, you whiny bastards. And most politicians are so busy being PC and/or 'sensitive' that they treat islam with more tolerance than they do other religions. I mean, when a muslim went jihadi and murdered a bunch of people at Fort Hood, one of the first things to come from the politicians- and I include that politician in uniform General Casey- was "We don't want this to damage our diversity", and you whine about how you're treated by politicians? Shut the hell up.
CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said the increase in reported incidents might be attributed to greater Muslim American organization and less fear about seeking help from law enforcement or civil rights groups. Still, he said, "There is an increasingly vocal minority of Muslim bashers who are promoting hate and trying to marginalize Muslims, and they are having an impact.”
Or, there might also be more BS reports of fake 'hate crimes' by some members of the ROS so they can play victim some more. Bleah.
Look, someone who craps on someone else simply because of how(or how not) they worship is a jerk*. Period. Fact is, muslims who are Americans and proud of it, who do NOT want sharia forced on them and like the freedoms of this nation do catch crap because of the(far too many) muslims who make excuses for, raise money for or very actively help terrorists. I don't give a rats ass* if you worship in a church or mosque or synagogue or grove or wherever; I truly don't. But when you start acting against others, and making public BS statements as CAIR so often does, or actively aiding terrorists(as CAIR has been caught doing), then I care. A lot. Because you're a bastard and need to be dealt with.
Just some thoughts on this, for what they're worth
*Or their skin color or where their ancestors are from originally or whatever.