LOS ANGELES — Religious hate crimes, including a tagging incident at Glendale’s St. Peter Armenian Church, increased last year throughout Los Angeles County, according to a county report released Thursday.
Religion was the basis for the third-largest group of hate crimes reported in Los Angeles County in 2008, according to the county’s Commission on Human Relations annual report. Hate crimes based on a person’s race or sexual orientation made up the largest and second-largest groups, respectively.
“Hate doesn’t have to lead to more hate,” said Robin Toma, the commission’s executive director.
Hate crimes throughout the county that were motivated by religion increased from 105 in 2007 to 120 in 2008, according to the report.