Hate crimes up against religious groups, new FBI numbers show

FBI issued its most recent statistics on hate crimes on Monday — and they showed a slight uptick in hate crimes against religious groups in 2008. Last year, there were 1,519 incidents against people based on their religion, a 9% increase from the year before. While anti-Jewish attacks make up the bulk of the incidents — one out of every six — there was a spike in hate crimes against Catholics. There were 75 incidents against Catholics, up from 61 the year before.