View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Anti-Catholicism - It's out there

The Catholic New Agency is reporting that according to recent FBI statistics on hate crimes, in 2008 there was a nine percent increase in crimes against religious groups - and an almost 25 percent increase in reported hate crimes against Catholics.

The statistics show that there were 1,519 incidents classified as hate crimes based on a victim’s religion. About one third of those crimes were anti-Jewish. There were 75 such crimes against Catholics - up from 61 in 2007. That's obviously far fewer than the anti-Jewish acts, and represents only about 5 percent of the crimes.

But it is out there, and it did increase at a faster rate than religiously-motivated hate crimes in general.

Given Church leaders' opposition to some of the actions of the Obama administration when it comes to life issues, their stand against recent attempts to legalize homosexual marriage, and their ongoing concerns about health care reform, I would not be surprised if the number of anti-Catholic attacks increased again this year.


Blogger Laura said...

I'm in a Catholic social ministry group that seems kind of anti-Catholic....weird huh?
Anyhow...I will paste a linky on the Bad Haiku day so you will be able to link to your BAD ....OH SO BAD HAIKU on that day.
Looking forward...

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