Rutgers University

Watchdog: Number of anti-Muslim hate groups on the rise

The number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the United States has nearly tripled since 2015, due in part to radical Islamic attacks and the incendiary rhetoric of last year's presidential campaign, the Southern Poverty Law Center says.

The number of anti-Muslim groups increased from 34 in 2015 to 101 in 2016, the SPLC said in a report released Wednesday. The number of hate groups overall tracked by the watchdog group also increased to 917 last year from 892 the previous year, the report said.

"2016 was an unprecedented year for hate," said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The report blamed the increase in part on...

46°