Via email, I received a copy of the new Los Angeles “resolution” “repudiating” “Islamophobia” in the city. See “Resolution” text at the end of the article. As I was searching for opinions on what the Resolution will do for Muslims in Los Angeles, I found the following opinion piece (excluding cartoon) which says 88% of hate crimes in the city were against Jews. 88%. Only 3% of “hate crimes” were against Muslims. The question is: what exactly will this resolution do for Muslims? Surely it will do something. Perhaps enable charges against those speaking out against Islam? Is this resolution set to regulate free speech, instead calling it blasphemy?
WITHOUT serious debate or examination, the Los Angeles City Council recently passed a resolution that opposes “Islamophobia” and “repudiates” random acts of violence against Muslims.
This admittedly ceremonial resolution apparently accepts the premise that residents of the city commit acts of hate against Muslims so often that it warrants an official resolution from city leaders condemning and repudiating these acts. Is this really the case?
According to the latest hate crime report from the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, 88 percent of all religiously based hate crimes in 2009 were against Jews. Hate crimes that targeted Muslims (3 percent) ranked slightly above those directed at Scientologists (1 percent). In fact, the commission found that attacks against Christians (8 percent) outnumbered attacks against Muslims….
Since only 3 percent of 131 hate crimes during 2009 was directed against Muslims, it’s difficult to understand why city leaders would pass a resolution that zeroes in on the category that has the next-to-lowest numbers recorded by the County’s Human Relations Commission.
It appears that the City Council simply took information provided by an advocacy group, one that’s hardly unbiased, and uncritically spat out a resolution opposing “Islamophobia” and “random acts of violence against Muslim-Americans.”
This begs the question: Except for some Islam-hating cretins with sub-zero levels of intelligence, exactly who is in favor of random acts of violence against Muslims? For more of this excellent and logical opinion piece, visit Daily News Los Angeles:
In this day and time, 88 percent of LA’s hate crimes are against Jews. I find this heartbreaking and shocking.
WHEREAS, any official position of the City of Los Angeles with respect to legislation, rules, regulations or policies proposed to or pending before a local, state or federal governmental body or agency must have first been adopted in the form of a Resolution by the City Council with the concurrence of the Mayor; and
WHEREAS, the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission, Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles County HumanRelations Commission and various civic and religious stakeholders have worked to resolve various levels of conflict impacting residents of our City; and
WHEREAS, the City of Los Angeles facilitates access to local government by empowering communities with the knowledge and skills to participate effectively. Los Angeles is comprised of diverse populations that are easily overlooked without proper attention: 47% of the City is foreign-born, speaks 224 languages, and affiliates with 600 religious sects; and
WHEREAS, the City of Los Angeles has historically opposed hate crimes and random acts of violence in previous actions of the council such as the Jewish Federation Alliance in 2008 (CF:08-0100-S1), The Beith David Educational Center Temple in Tarzana (CF:06-0010-S23) in 2006, The Hate Crimes Report
(CF:03-2746) of 2002, Shadow Hills Burning Cross Incident (CF:99-0010-S39) in 1999; Hate Crime
Destruction at the Go For Broke Monument in Little Tokyo (CF:04-001-S17) in 2004 ,the LAUSD Racial and Ethnic strife in the San Fernando Valley and South Los Angeles (CF:05-0731) in 2005; and
WHEREAS, the concept of religious pluralism is used to describe the significance of interfaith dialogue between members of different religious groups with the goal of minimizing conflicts between the different groups; and
WHEREAS, the City of Los Angeles’ commitment to pluralism and to the free exercise of religion are the cornerstone of American values that have helped produce one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse and vibrant cities in the world; and
WHEREAS, there has been a marked nationwide increase in acts of violence, discrimination and hostility
directed at Muslim Americans on the basis of their religious identity including here in Southern California;
WHEREAS, this rise in anti-Muslim sentiment, commonly called Islamophobia, has contributed to
opposition to the lawful construction and expansion of religious centers across the United States, including in Tennessee, Wisconsin, Illinois, Connecticut and California; and
WHEREAS, more than two dozen mosques across America have been the targets of vandalism, arson and other hateful acts in the past two years. In addition, hate crimes and incidents have increased tremendously in recent months and have led to hostile environments for many Muslim Americans; and
WHEREAS, The City of Los Angeles has a history of opposing various degrees of discrimination and
supporting the rights to religious liberty and equal protection and recognizing that when those rights are threatened for some they are weakened for all; and
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, with the concurrence of the Mayor, that by the adoption of this
Resolution, the City of Los Angeles hereby includes in its 2011-2012 State and Federal Legislative
Program, support and sponsorship of any legislation which would OPPOSE Islamaphobia and repudiate random acts of violence against Muslim Americans.