Despite the Biden Administration’s heightened emphasis on identifying and punishing what it deems to be the growing threat of LGBTQ hate crimes, the latest FBI statistics show little trouble on that front in Alaska, while hate crimes targeting religious groups are at an all-time high.

Source: FBI Hate Crime report for Alaska in 2022.

Of the five hate crimes reported in Alaska last year, two were “anti-Christian,” two were “anti-Jewish,” and one was “anti-LGBT. All incidents involved destruction of property, vandalism or larceny. Three instances occurred at a house of worship, one at a community center and one at a parking lot. Overall, two religious organizations and two businesses were impacted.

The 2022 data was collected by the FBI from 32 out of 39 law enforcement agencies across Alaska.

Alaska’s five hate crimes in 2022 represents a significant drop from the 20 reports in 2021. Over the past five years, however, Alaska averages less than seven hate crimes annually. The four religiously-motivated hate crimes, however, amount to the most ever – going all the way back to 1993. Prior to 2022, the most religious-motivated hate crimes in a single year was three, including 2021.

Nationally, there were 2,044 religiously motivated hate crimes reported across the U.S. in 2022, the most since the agency began keeping records in 1991.

Hate crimes are defined as criminal offenses motivated “in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias(es) against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.” The crimes can be committed against “people, property, or society,” according to the FBI’s website.

“Because motivation is subjective, it is sometimes difficult to know with certainty whether a crime resulted from the offender’s bias,” the FBI website acknowledges. “The presence of bias alone does not necessarily mean that a crime can be considered a hate crime. Only when a law enforcement investigation reveals sufficient evidence to lead a reasonable and prudent person to conclude that the offender’s actions were motivated, in whole or in part, by their bias, should an agency report an incident as a hate crime.”

Hate crimes have become a major concern of the Biden Administration, and the FBI office in Anchorage has joined a national campaign – including tv, radio and online notices, to build public awareness of hate crimes and to encourage reporting.A

With regards to hate crime allegations, critics note the problem of lumping “sexual orientation and gender identity” in with objective and immutable classifications like race, sex and national origin when prosecuting hate crimes. A key concern is that such legislation often uses a person’s religious views about traditional marriage between a man and woman and human sexuality to increase sentences when a crime is committed. Others note that the focus should be on the crime itself, not religious, political or social views that the government deems unacceptable.

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Alaska’s record number of hate crimes against religious groups follows U.S. trend

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Friend of Humanity says:

    The evil wants to remove God Almighty from this world. This is why children need to be protected from the evil at all costs. Teach children the ways of God Almighty and bring them up in his word and with the assurance that their Father in Heaven loves each and every one of them. Only through knowledge of our Father in Heaven and through his truths will we win this war against evil’s attempt to take over this world.

    • Lucinda says:

      FOH. Judging by this post and others, it’s not hard to see why people are turning away from religion, especially Christianity.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Lucinda, God wants you to be saved. Repent for your sins and ask for forgiveness. It is not too late.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    What will surprise us next? Perhaps the uprising of hate groups that have been nurtured, fattened, and emboldened, in our very own university systems! After all they have to be expending all the resources on something! Remember you ignoramus tax payers that your governor made a cut to this entity then got a spanking and gave it back with more and a promise never to do that again!
    What did we get for that fiasco? UAA rated to the bottom of the list, but never fear at least they have a thriving lgbsh@t coalition! Presently we’re waiting for the hamas connection to give their enlightened protests and payback to the infidels that continue to pay their bills!
    Thank you mr dunleavy for your stupidity!

  • Lucinda says:

    Foh. No god. I’ve never sinned. Don’t need forgiveness.