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Uniform Crime Reports
The national data collection procedure from which we ascertain hate crime statistics. Although the Hate Crime Statistics Act ensured that some level of data would be collected for the United States, it is not mandatory that agencies submit or collect these figures. Therefore the numbers don't in every case, reflect the scope of hate crimes in the nation. In addition, for those that do report figures, the amount of unreported bias crimes or incidents of hate related harassment may be significantly higher. Since 1990 when the data collection began, the number of reporting agencies did rise from 11 States with a few agencies in each to 48 states with over 12,000 reporting agencies in 1999. Although there has been more attention paid to procuring this information, the numbers do not measure the fear, pain and suffering of the victims. In addition, each incident effects a large number of people, and the reports reflect only those to whom the crimes were most directly targeted.See: Ripple EffectSource: FBI.gov
Unitarian Universalist
The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (commonly called the Unitarian Universalist Association or UUA) is a liberal religious organization, serving the "UU" churches of North America. The Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches estimated a total membership of 502,000 in 1990. The UUA was formed in May 11, 1961, from the merger of the Unitarian and Universalist Churches. Unitarianism is a religious movement which features a lack of dogma, a belief in the inherent goodness of people, and the obligation for each member to seek out and develop his or her own system of beliefs and ethics. And Universalism is a religious movement which promoted the concept that every person will go to heaven after death.Beliefs: Beliefs of Unitarian Universalists are quite diverse: About one in four identifies themselves as Christian. Many do not believe in (or question) the existence of a deity or deities.They often describe themselves as Agnostics, Atheists, Humanists, Free thinkers, etc. Others follow religious traditions from around the world: Buddhism, Hinduism, Neopaganism/Earth Centered Religions, Judaism, etc. Each person, because of her/his humanity inherently has dignity and worth. All the great religions of the world, and their sacred texts, have worth. Their lives, their congregations and association are governed by the concepts of democracy, religious freedom and religious tolerance. Much of their effort should be directed towards civil rights, achieving equality of treatment for everyone regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. They have played a major role in these battles for equal rights, in spite of their relatively small numbers. Writings: Unitarian Universalists believe in the importance of many literary scholars such as: Origen (circa 185 C.E.) who stressed Jesus' humanity, and believed that God would receive all people (even demons) into heaven. Writers, scientists, and others who promoted religious tolerance, including Alcott, Bryant, Holmes, Locke, Milton, Newton, Florence Nightingale, and Thoreau.Source: ReligiousTolerance.org