Anti-Catholic hate crimes rose by 260% in Canada
The Canadian police released the hate crime data for 2021 on the 3rd of August, showing an alarming rise in anti-religious hate crimes: from 530 cases in 2020 to 884 in 2021.
Catholics were the second most target group after Jews. Main News Broadcasters reported on these worrying numbers, but although Anti-Catholic motives were the second most targeted religious group and showed the highest rise among all categories, the media only used examples from other groups.
Hate crimes against religious people are the second highest motive after race and ethnicity. In 2021, There were 487 hate crimes against Jews, 155 hate crimes against Catholics, and 144 hate crimes against Muslims. There were also 98 hate crimes against other or unidentified religions.
The major Canadian broadcaster, CBC, covered the news but featured only Muslims, and ethnic groups – such as Black and Asian – in their report, leaving out data about Catholics. Global News Canada also reported on the statistics, covering racial and ethnic groups and the Jewish community, but no mention of the sharp rise in anti-Catholic hate crimes.
The same happened in Star News, where the press coverage mentioned the impact this had on the Muslim, Jewish, Trans, Black, and Asian community, leaving out the Catholic groups.
The Catholic News Agency (CNA) reported on this issue and mentioned the indifference of the media despite the alarming data. It also said that it is unknown how many cases remain unreported.