The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights group, is claiming that the number of “hate groups” in the United States increased from 892 in 2015 to 917 last year. The group reports the biggest movement is reflected in the number of anti-Muslim organizations.
According to its annual census, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is stating the number of anti-Muslim groups more than tripled, year over year. It claims that in 2015, there were a total 34 such groups. In 2016, the number skyrocketed to 101.
The liberal-leaning group provided one reason for the increase: “Trump.”
“There is no question that the organizations that aligned themselves with the Trump campaign saw their ranks grow, their prominence grow, and their online readership grow,” said Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project, according to NBC News.
Ironically, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported that the number of KKK groups has fallen year over year.
Statistics from the FBI counter the claims made by the group. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports’ “Hate Crime Statistics, 2014,” there were 1,140 victims of anti-religious hate crimes in the U.S. in 2014. Of the 1,140 victims of anti-religious hate crimes, 56.8 percent [56.8%] were victims of crimes motivated by their offenders’ anti-Jewish bias; whereas, only 16% targeted Muslims.
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