U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr suggests the rise of anti-Semitism and other hate crimes in the country are linked to ``the crumbling of traditional values.' At a recent dinner of Agudath Israel, an Orthodox Jewish movement, he said ``current anti-religious activity' may be ``fueled by increasing secularization.'

``I wonder whether the denigration of religion in popular culture - the portrayal of those with devoutly held religious beliefs as somehow 'strange' - may not contribute to the atmosphere of intolerance and hate.'

He added, ``I believe that these problems are related, and that the solution requires reinvigorating the strong religious and moral traditions of this country.'

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