Religious Intolerance Facts & Figures

Religious Intolerance

There were about 1,220 “hate crimes” last year in the U.S. related to religious bias.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)


Most religiously motivated hate crimes are acts of vandalism (like swastikas spray-painted onto synagogues and tombstones), but personal attacks are not uncommon.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)


Harassment of women over religious dress occurred in nearly 33% of the countries around the world.

Pew Research Centers Religion Public Life


Muslims make up the 2nd largest religious population in the world and are discriminated against in 121 countries worldwide.

Pew Research Centers Religion Public Life


66% of Catholics under 30 and 75% of Catholics over 60, do not know a Muslim personally.

The Bridge Initiative and the Center for Applied Research on the Apostolate (CARA)


The FBI reported a 17-fold increase in anti-Muslim crimes nationwide during 2001, largely due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.


Neo-Nazi groups are up 22% and anti-Muslim groups rose for a 3rd straight year in 2017 — after tripling in 2016.

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)


Muslims in the US were victims of harassment in the period immediately following the bombing of the Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995 – which was carried out by a native born white ex US soldier —  more than 6 years before 9/11.


58% of Americans believe Muslims face a lot of discrimination in the United States. 26% believe atheists face a lot of discrimination and and 24% believe Mormons do.

Pew Research Centers Religion Public Life


Overall 86% of Americans say they “want to live in a country where no one is targeted for their religious identity.” This agreement ranges across faith communities from 95% of Jews to 78% of white Evangelicals.

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66% of Americans agree that “the negative things politicians say regarding Muslims is harmful to our country.” 45% of white Evangelicals agree with this — the only group lacking a majority agreement.

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Most Americans oppose the surveillance of U.S. mosques. This ranges from 77% of non-affiliated Americans to 45% of white Evangelicals — the only group lacking a majority agreement to this statement.

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55% of Americans say that most Muslims living in the United States are committed to the well-being of America. 36% of white Evangelicals agree with this statement — the only group lacking a majority.

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71% of Muslims reject military violence against civilians, compared to 42% of the general public.

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80% of Muslims reject violence carried out by an individual or small group, compared to 74% of the general public.

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76% of Muslims say violence against civilians can never be justified compared to 59% of the general public.

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The majority of American fatalities at the hands of extremists are from right-wing terrorists not extremists acting in the name of Islam.

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Law enforcement agencies rank anti-government extremists as a greater threat than Al Qaeda or like-minded terrorist organizations.

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Someone perceived to be Muslim accused of a terror plot will receive 7 times the media coverage as someone not perceived to be Muslim.

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Attacks by Muslim perpetrators received, on average, 357% more coverage than other attacks.

Georgia State University


46% of Muslim agree that wearing a visible symbol all of the time that makes their faith identity known to others, such as a headcover or hijab.

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Of Muslim women who wear a hijab or headcovering,

  • 54% say they do so to indicate piety or to please God
  • 21% say they do so to be identified as a Muslim
  • 12% say they do so for modesty
  • 1% say it is because a family member or a spouse required it of them

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Jews make up less than 1% of the population, yet experience discrimination in 85 countries — the 3rd most of any religious group.

Pew Research Centers Religion Public Life


The states with the highest total of anti-Semitic instances were those with large Jewish populations. The top four states were California (23% of the total), New York (17%) New Jersey (10%) and Florida (7%).

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)