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LETTERS: Heartfelt prayers for the Sikh community

While our countrymen still grieve over the recent massacre in the Colorado movie theater, another senseless shooting shocks the nation.

On Sunday, a gunman attacked a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, killing six, including the temple president who tried to tackle him while he sprayed gunshots inside the temple. Although the police are still investigating the motive behind this incident, for now it has been categorized as a hate crime.

It's a shame that the peaceful Sikh community has seen hate crimes in the past decade or so, mistaken to be Muslims due to the existence of practices of beard and head covering common to the followers of the two faiths.

As a Muslim, I find this incident alarming and would urge the government not to take it lightly. Why? Because anti-Muslim hate crimes have risen 50 percent since 2010 as reported by the FBI.

In order to stop the loss of innocent lives, there is now even greater need of education and interfaith dialogue. My heartfelt prayers go out to the Sikh community and to the families of those who lost loved ones on Sunday.

-- Saima Ahmad

Suwanee

Comments

A_Gwinnett_Atheist 1 year, 8 months ago

I was disappointed that Gwinnett Daily Post chose to give this such little attention. It is shameful how too many Americans want to assign blame to an entire group for a few rotten apples. Before condemning another person's religion one should do some research on our home grown terrorist organizations, almost all calling themselves Christians. According to SPLC, there are 65 such hate groups In Georgia. More than Texas. In Georgia, the one that has been prevalent is the KKK (Ku Klux Klan. there is no L in Ku that northerners frequently add). Originally begun immediately following the war between the states, then restarted in Georgia in 1915, then a third resurrection of the Southern racist organization in the 1050s/1960s to fight integration has always claimed their right to fight based on bad interpretation Christian principles. Now down to about 5000 members nationwide, the KKK still gives the south a bad reputation, even though such a small minority. It is time we recognized that every religion has a very fringe element that is capable of using terrorist activities to force their beliefs onto others. We are even getting people claiming Christianity into positions of power that want to force their interpretation of the Christian Bible onto others. As a nation with a Christian dominance, we must condemn such activities from our leaders and vote such persons out of power before we have a right to criticize another country for voting religious zealous of their faith.

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Jan 1 year, 8 months ago

Some very good points. Thanks for the link to SPLC. It does have some interesting information on hate groups by state. I know some will claim this to be a left wing site but those should note that black separatists are included in the hate group listing.

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