Hate crimes against Catholics in Canada have more than tripled in just one year according to a new study from a Christian think tank.
On Thursday, Cardus, a nonpartisan Canadian Christian think tank, released its site a report titled “Towards a Hopeful Future: Confronting Religious Hatred,” which found that in 2021 there was the “largest rise” in religiously motivated hate crimes against Catholics: from 43 in 2020 to 155 in 2021.
Since 2020, more than seventy Catholic churches across the country have been vandalized or burned in “suspicious circumstances,” Cardus found.
The report revealed that although the rise was higher for Catholics, no religious group escaped the growing aggression against believers, which coincides with an overall shift in Canadians’ view of religion.
“The rise in religious hate crimes is occurring against the backdrop of increasingly negative public attitudes toward the contributions of Canada’s religious and faith communities,” the report stated.
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She continued, “Majority opinions are not necessarily related to hate crimes, of course – only a tiny fraction of Canadians commit hate crimes.” “However, it is reasonable to assume that those accused of religious hate crimes may be emboldened by a decline in respect for or acceptance of religion and religious persons.”
In just five years, from 2017 to 2022, the percentage of Canadians who view debt’s contribution as “very bad” or “more bad than good” jumped from 14 percent to 22 percent, or more than one in five people. .
Hostility towards believers was understandably higher among atheists and agnostics. Among survey respondents who are not religious themselves, almost half (46 percent) believe that the contribution of religious communities in Canada and Canadian society is mostly negative.
The survey indicates that the main divide in attitudes today is between the religious and the non-religious. Cardus suggested that those who are religiously observant, no matter what religion they adhere to, generally view each religion as more beneficial than detrimental to Canadian public life.
The report concluded, “Increasing hate crimes against faith-based communities, and the increasingly negative attitudes on the part of some Canadians toward the presence of religion in public life and the contributions of faith-based communities, should concern us all.”
thomas d. Williams is the Rome bureau chief for Breitbart and the author of The next Christian persecution.
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