BOUNTIFUL – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is among six faith communities and ethnic groups that have been added to organizations the FBI will track for hate crime offenses committed against them.
The Department of Justice announced last week that crimes against Mormons, Sikhs, Hindus, Arabs, Buddhists, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Orthodox Christians will now be included in statistical reporting under the Uniform Crime Reporting.
FBI director Robert Mueller approved the recommendation of the Advisory Policy Board, which reexamined hate crimes within faith communities in the aftermath of the murders of six Sikh worshippers at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., which occurred on Aug. 5, 2012.
“In the aftermath of this terrible tragedy, individuals and communities of faith across the country were badly shaken,” U.S, Attorney General Eric Holder said in a press release. “Millions were affected deeply С because we are a nation that has always cherished the right to worship and practice one’s faith in peace and liberty.”