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Religious Tolerance

PSA Transcript

Religion. Did the hairs on your neck stand up a little? Because it’s been a sensitive issue since the beginning of time.

But lately it seems that religious intolerance has been growing. And while we can disagree about the past and we can argue about the future, we are all here now. Together.

And together we all have the same basic right to hold and practice our own beliefs. I don’t see anything hair-raising about that.

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The Facts

  • There were 1,376 hate crime offenses motivated by religious bias in 2009.
  • Of the hate crime offenses motivated by religious bias in 2009, 70.1 percent were anti-Jewish, 9.3 percent were anti-Islamic, 8.6 percent were anti-other religion, 4.4 percent were anti-multiple religions, group, 4.0 percent were anti-Catholic, 2.9 percent were anti-Protestant and 0.7 percent were anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc. Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program, "Hate Crime Statistics 2009".
  • America has more religious groups than any other nation in the world. Source: Adherents.com

Religious Tolerance

The First Amendment supports the right of an individual or group to worship – or not to worship – as they choose. Religious tolerance is accepting that others have the right to hold and practice their beliefs, no matter what their religion.

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