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www.axios.com: Houses of worship see vandalism, violence as hate crimes spike in U.S.

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Houses of worship — across a variety of faiths, including Jewish synagogues to Buddhist temples, Muslim mosques and Catholic churches — are experiencing high amounts of vandalism, arson and other property damage.

The big picture: 2021 is on track to exceed last year’s spike in hate crimes in the U.S., many of them linked to religious bigotry.

The number of hate crimes reported in FY 2020 was the highest since 2001, when a wave of Islamophobia followed the 9/11 attacks, according to updated FBI data released yesterday.

The Sikh Coalition subsequently created a safety toolkit to help houses of worship and local communities take advantage of help from local law enforcement.

He said DOJ’s Civil Rights Division is also expediting its review of federal hate crimes.

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