ABSTRACT

Infrastructure Protection Report Series: Potential Indicators, Common Vulnerabilities, and Protective Measures: Houses of Worship   [open pdf - 208KB]

From the Background: "Potential threats to houses of worship can originate from disaffected individuals (e.g., employees or outsiders) and from domestic and international terrorist groups. According to U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) statistics, the approximately 17 percent of all hate crimes recorded in 2013 were directed at individuals because of a bias against a religious belief. The DOJ statistics further indicate that nearly three-fourths of hate crimes motivated by religious bias targeted non-Christian victims: most were directed against Jews. Racial bias, the most prominent motivator of hate crime, also may incite threats against houses of worship as the majority of congregations in the United States involve members who are of the same race."

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Date:
2015-10
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Public Domain
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Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/
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pdf
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