As of Tuesday, August 7, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
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