"A hate crime is officially defined as illegal activity that is motivated by perceptions of difference in race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation (McDevitt & Levin, 1993; "Hate Crime Statistics Act," 1992). Disability status was recently added as a category to the list ofmotivating characteristics for bias-motivated activity (Wolfe, 1995). Many national groups are pushing to get gender included on this list (Angelari, 1994; Copeland & Wolf, 1991). Bias-motivated activity can be directed against persons, families, groups or organizations. Sometimes these crimes may not involve any interpersonal contact, but instead involve destroying or defacing property. For example, swastikas may be painted on a synagogue, or a cross may be burned on someone's lawn. Most perpetrators of hate activity see their behavior as acceptable given that the victim(s) belong to a socially disadvantaged or despised group. Many hate crimes are similar to acts of individual discrimination that have occurred for centuries in this country except that these incidents violate newly written law in reference to the offender's motivation." The Program for Research on Black Americans
If you've had any of the above-described experiences due to your religion, and you're sure it was due to your religious beliefs, please fill out the form below so we can begin keeping track of a range of hate crimes and harassment rarely accepted in courts and by the government. Afterwards, you can read about others' experiences, and see a pie chart tracking the hate crimes everyone has entered so far.