Responses to the Increase in Religious Hate Crimes, Hearing Before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, May 2, 2017   [open pdf - 3MB]

This testimony compilation made by the HSDL staff is from the May 2, 2017 hearing, "Responses to the Increase in Religious Hate Crimes" before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. From the statement of Chairman Chuck Grassley: "The Senate Judiciary Committee today is holding a hearing on 'Reponses to the Increase in Religious Hate Crimes'. This is a subject of great bipartisan interest in the Committee. Religious hate crimes harm victims and communities. Many of these crimes would never have been committed but for hatred. They run counter to American values such as religious freedom and tolerance. Americans have the right to be safe against those who would treat them as members of religious groups rather than as individuals. Religious hate crimes are on the rise. Crimes against Jews are the most common religious hate crimes and they have increased. Religious hate crimes against Muslims are the fastest growing category. These crimes increased by 67% between 2014 and 2015, the last year for which FBI figures are available. I have been contacted by fearful Iowans. Fear for practicing one's religion should never happen in this country. This problem has been growing for some time, and is not new." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Eric Treene, Jonathan A. Greenblatt, Prabhjot Singh, Vanita Gupta, and Will D. Johnson.

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