March 21st, 2017
Lynch doesn’t seem to have addressed the fact that, according to FBI statistics, anti-Semitic hate crimes are twice more common than anti-Muslim hate crimes. Nor did she discuss the high number of alleged anti-Muslim hate crimes that turned out to have been faked by Muslims in order to portray the Muslim community in the U.S. as victimized, when it isn’t.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday acknowledged an uptick in what she deemed “unacceptable” hate crimes against Muslim Americans.
“[A]mid an increase in divisive and fearful rhetoric — we have seen Muslim Americans targeted and demonized simply because of their faith,” Lynch said from the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center in Sterling, Va.
FBI statistics released last month show reported hate crimes against Muslims rose by 67 percent in 2015. There were 257 reported anti-Muslim incidents in 2015, compared to 154 the year before.
Lynch called the FBI numbers “deeply sobering for all Americans,” and seemed to make an indirect reference to President-elect Trump by saying it’s wrong to attack people for their beliefs. Trump has previously said the U.S. should ban Muslim immigrants until the vetting system is improved, and U.S. officials can be more sure that these immigrants aren’t terrorists in disguise.
“[T]o impose a blanket stereotype on all members of any faith because of the actions of those who pervert that faith is to go backwards in our thinking and our discourse, and to repudiate the founding ideals of this country,” Lynch said. She said her department will continue to “vigorously prosecute” hate crimes….