Harassment of women over religious dress occurred in nearly 33% of the countries around the world.
Muslims make up the 2nd largest religious population in the world and are discriminated against in 121 countries worldwide.
Jews make up less than 1% of the population, yet experience discrimination in 85 countries — the 3rd most of any religious group.
The F.B.I. defines a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property, motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.” Victims of hate crimes can include institutions, religious organizations and government entities as well as individuals.
Over 18% of all hate crimes in the U.S. are related to religious bias.
Most religiously motivated hate crimes are acts of vandalism (like swastikas spray-painted onto synagogues and tombstones), but personal attacks are not uncommon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
71% of Muslims reject military violence against civilians, compared to 42% of the general public.
80% of Muslims reject violence carried out by an individual or small group, compared to 74% of the general public.
76% of Muslims say violence against civilians can never be justified compared to 59% of the general public.
The majority of American fatalities at the hands of extremists are from right-wing terrorists not extremists acting in the name of Islam.
Law enforcement agencies rank anti-government extremists as a greater threat than Al Qaeda or like-minded terrorist organizations.
Someone perceived to be Muslim accused of a terror plot will receive 7 times the media coverage as someone not perceived to be Muslim.
Attacks by Muslim perpetrators received, on average, 357% more coverage than other attacks.
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.
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
The states with the highest total of anti-Semitic instances were those with large Jewish populations. The top four states were California, New York, New Jersey and Florida.