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Hate Crimes

Michigan Man Pleads Guilty To Anti-Gay Hate Crime On Gas Station Customer

Posted 08.30.2012 | Gay Voices

A Michigan man has pleaded guilty to a brutal attack on a gas station customer he believed was gay. The Detroit Free Press reports that Everett Dw...

Student Viciously Assaulted, But Was It An Anti-Semitic Attack?

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

The vicious assault on Michigan State University student Zachary Tennen has been plastered across the Internet. By the victim's account he was attacked because he was Jewish. The East Lansing Police disagree.

Five Reasons Why Romney Will Be an Awful President for LGBT Americans

Allison Hope | Posted 10.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

With the GOP convention in full swing, cementing Mitt Romney's position as the Republican Presidential nominee, the time is ripe for a deeper dive at the actual platforms being promoted that may rule our next four years. Shudder.

Stop Telling Me I Got Punched In The Face Because I'm Gay

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 10.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Ken Schneck, PhD

The whole getting-punched-in-the-face thing has been an amazing conversation starter. There's clearly so much more we all need to talk about with regard to the intersection between stereotypes, sexual orientation, violence, and extra peanut sauce.

Amish Splinter Group Members Face 20 Years For Alleged Hate Crimes

AP | JOHN SEEWER | Posted 10.27.2012 | Crime

CLEVELAND — Prosecutors will begin laying out their case Tuesday against 16 people charged with federal hate crimes in hair-cutting attacks on f...

Religious And Civil Rights Groups Call For Hate Crime Hearings

Religion News Service | Chris Lisee | Posted 08.25.2012 | Religion

(RNS) Amid a rash of recent attacks that are being investigated as hate crimes, a coalition of more than 150 organizations is calling on the Senate Ju...

Has Tony Perkins Seen The Light On Hate Speech?

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 10.24.2012 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Never has the moment seemed more opportune to forge consensus around an overdue new rule in the culture wars. Starting now, can we all please watch our words?

In Defense Of The Southern Poverty Law Center

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 10.21.2012 | Religion
Aaron Daniel Taylor

To my friends in the evangelical community, what happened at the headquarters of the Family Research Council was a despicable act of violence, but please don't use what happened as a pretext to exact vengeance against groups like the SPLC.

Traumatic Events, Community and Culture: Media Mental Health Coverage of Sikh Temple Terror and Joplin Mosque Has Fallen Short

Sheela Raja, PhD | Posted 10.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Sheela Raja, PhD

Purely psychological answers are not enough to promote long-term recovery in communities after hate crimes. The media needs to talk about the role of education, advocacy and activism as ways that communities can heal after traumatic events that involve hate.

A Tense Eid For Muslims In America This Year

Religion News Service | Omar Sacirbey | Posted 08.17.2012 | Religion

(RNS) Following attacks on seven U.S. mosques in the last two weeks, including three attacks last weekend, many Muslim Americans are approaching the e...

Another Sikh Murdered In Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Searching For a Cause

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 10.16.2012 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

We're in trouble. The nationwide desecration of mosques and the terrorizing of Sikhs in Milwaukee are symptoms of a larger problem. Determining the source of these symptoms has become an urgent and pressing need.

Ramadan Reflection Day 28: Islam, Racism And Home-Grown Hatred

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.16.2012 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Racism is racism, clear and simple. For those who say these attacks from the last two weeks and many other violent actions have nothing to do with race, understand that Islam as a faith has been racialized for quite some time.

Persistent Dialogue: A Tale Of Two Women

Kari Ansari | Posted 10.16.2012 | Religion
Kari Ansari

When she began this exchange she did not think of me as living, breathing woman with a real life. She may not have known any Muslims before. By engaging with her, now she knows me.

ONe Week In Brown America

Ghazala Irshad | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion
Ghazala Irshad

This isn't about "political correctness" and it doesn't affect only one community of Americans. This is about a widespread hate that endangers the very fabric of American society.

Finding Common Ground With 'Sacred Ground'

Chris Stedman | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion
Chris Stedman

Storytelling can do that. It can connect and inspire us to new ways of thinking, to greater empathy and to increased familiarity with different experiences, identities and values.

Hate Rock Music Fuels Racism Under The Radar

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 10.10.2012 | Crime
Brian Levin, J.D.

Activist or terrorist depends which side you're on Defend against the invader, this war will greet your son Hey you gotta go, not your home anymore If...

Wade Michael Page: A Reflection of De-Americanization

Bill Ong Hing | Posted 10.10.2012 | Crime
Bill Ong Hing

The fact that hateful acts and words of private citizens are followed up with official regimes of detention and profiling only reaffirms the subordination of the victims through suspicion of loyalty.

The Hate That Does Not Die

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

One hatred ties these disparate movements together, the longest hatred that is both widespread and resurgent. Around the world, there is the threatening and all too familiar specter of the hatred of Jews.

The Sikh Tragedy: Bridging An Interfaith Gap

Rupinder Mohan Singh | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Rupinder Mohan Singh

During that Sunday, we saw bridge being formed. The tragedies of this shooting occur at many levels. Of primary importance are the victims, survivors and the heroic police officers that risked their lives to stop this madman. They are in my prayers. On another level, it is also a tragedy that it took a mass murder to bring the Sikh community and their plight into the national discussion. This is where we find ourselves today.

Hate Is Trending

Eliza Wood | Posted 10.08.2012 | Religion
Eliza Wood

Was the Milwaukee, Wis., gunman a lone, misguided individual or a member of one of the growing white supremacist groups in the U.S.? Either way, hate is gaining momentum in this country.

Montana Man Admits Anti-Gay Attack Was A Hoax

Posted 08.08.2012 | Gay Voices

A Montana man has pleaded guilty to filing a false police report claiming he was the victim of an anti-gay attack. The Missoula Independent report...

Trayvon In A Turban

Rev. John H. Vaughn | Posted 10.08.2012 | Religion
Rev. John H. Vaughn

These murders are not isolated incidents. This is what racism looks like. This is what unresolved anger looks like. This is what an irresponsible use of freedom looks like. We must not dismiss this tragedy as yet another isolated incident

From One American to Another: I'm With You

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 10.08.2012 | Crime
Ian Reifowitz

The deaths of Sikh Americans at Oak Creek -- because it is a crime motivated by hate -- are a cancer that threatens our ability to be that family. There is no surgery we can perform to cut out that hate. How do we fight that hate? With love.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Congressman Revives Report Warning Of Right-Wing Extremism | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It’s been almost two years since Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), as a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, watched conservati...

History of Hate: Crimes Against Sikhs Since 9/11

Posted 08.07.2012 | Religion

The mass shooting of a gurdwara (Sikh temple) in Wisconsin on Sunday is merely the latest chapter in a history of violence. In the months following th...