Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Idaho Among the Most Intolerant States

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Thanks to a reader who brought this story to our attention early this morning.

Boise has made a number of top 10 lists in the last few years extolling the capital city's excellent livability, but here's one list that doesn't make Idaho as a whole look so livable.

The Daily Beast put Idaho at No. 45 in its list of the most tolerant states in the nation. Yeah, that's 45 out of 50, which means we're among the least tolerant states in the country.

The method:

Specifically, for each state we considered the number of hate crimes according to the FBI, the extent of hate-crime statutes, the number of complaints of discrimination filed through the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, the extent of fair-housing and fair-workplace laws, the percentage of residents that support same-sex marriage, the extent of legal rights for same-sex couples, and the percentage of residents that are accepting of various religions. We measured the scope of hate crime statutes with help from the resources at the Anti-Defamation League, including the ADL’s catalogue of hate crime statutes by state. Each state was given a score out of 100 points. Ties were broken based on hate-crime statistics—if the total points matched, the state with fewer hate crimes in the last year ranked higher.

Wisconsin was ranked No. 1, with a score of 77 out of a 100, and Wyoming bottomed out the list with a measly 32 out of 100.

Here's the detail on Idaho's stats:


That's right we're actually negative when it comes to gay rights.

Alternet, which reported on the list earlier this week, offered this bit of insight:

This wasn't included on the list, but interestingly, the 10 most tolerant states all went Democratic in the 2008 election and the 10 least tolerant states are all red states, with the exception of Ohio.

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