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.


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 and 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


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)