Re "Barr Blames Hate Crimes on Crumbling Values" (June 13): U.S. Atty. Gen. (William P.) Barr speculates that the rise of hate crimes and anti-Semitism is "fueled by increasing secularism" and linked to "the crumbling of traditional values." Quite the contrary. I believe the rise of hate crimes is a direct result of the resurgence of fundamentalist Christian groups that promote racism, intolerance and violence against women.
KATHRYN S. TARBELL