In 2008, hate crimes against people based on their religion were at their highest frequency since 2001. Using FBI data, the Anti-Defamation League found 1,519 religious hate crimes in 2008 (up from 1,400 in 2007), accounting for about 20 percent of all bias crimes. That included 1,013 hate crimes against Jews, accounting for about two-thirds of all religious bias crimes. Racial bias accounted for about half of the 7,783 bias crimes in 2008; other attacks were aimed at ethnicity and sexual orientation. Attacks against Muslims dropped slightly for the year.
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