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August 10th, 2012
10:32 AM ET

Sikhs repair, reclaim temple after rampage

From Ted Rowlands, CNN

Oak Creek, Wisconsin (CNN) - Members of the Sikh temple where six people died in a weekend rampage swept, scrubbed and painted over damage to their building Thursday after investigators allowed them back inside.

A lone bullet hole remained in a metal door frame, which members say won't be repaired. The doorway leads to the main prayer area, where the only female victim - 41-year-old Paramjit Kaur - was killed.

But elsewhere, the congregation was busy polishing the tile floors, touching up patched drywall and replacing carpet, using donated supplies; and reopening the dining hall, where the SIkhs run an open kitchen for the community. Several members wept as they walked in, while others embraced.

"It takes a toll on you, thinking about the lives that were lost, when you realize our temple will never be the same again," said Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka, whose uncle Satwant Singh Kaleka was among those dead.

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Filed under: Crime • Sikh

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  1. sylvia

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    August 20, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
  2. Plaster

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    April 8, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
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  6. ken s.

    there is one creator
    whose name is truth
    creative being
    without fear
    without hate
    timeless whose spirit is throughout the universe
    beyond the cycle of death and rebirth
    self-existent
    by the grace of the guru
    God is made known to humanity.
    Chant and meditate on His name
    True in the beginning, true now, and says Nanak, will be true forever
    Rest In Peace 5 Lions and One Princess.
    Saddened heart.

    August 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  7. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things

    August 11, 2012 at 7:16 am |
    • kindless

      Actually, atheism is wonderful for children and all people! Prayer as it turn out, is just a time-sucker-upper. Who would've thought. Meditation is ok for collecting one's thoughts, but it's best to keep all the make-believe characters to one's self.

      Atheists have strong minds and encourage people to take responsibility for their actions within society instead of having their misdeeds excused and often hidden within their religion (comforting their weak minds, but simultaneously disserving society).

      Break the matrix of deception by all religions. Break the fallacy of revelation.

      If the thought leaving your imaginary friends behind is just too much, or makes you want to go p00py, then try Atheism Lite™ (agnosticism) for a period of time to ease your way into a much more rewarding, peaceful life.

      It is written. RIF

      heavenSnot

      August 11, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!* .

      August 12, 2012 at 11:54 am |
  8. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes otherwise rational adults into believing in imaginary friends like many children do.

    August 10, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
  9. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things
    Prayer changes things
    Proven

    August 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • Jesus

      You're a proven liar. ~Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs! .

      August 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • kindless

      Actually, atheism is wonderful for children and all people! Prayer as it turn out, is just a time-sucker-upper. Who would've thought.

      Atheists have strong minds and are good at helping weak-minded people work through their struggles with other people or the imaginary forces or obstacles that men have made up. Atheists encourage people to take responsibility for their actions within society instead of having their misdeeds excused and often hidden within their religion (comforting their weak minds, but simultaneously disserving society).

      Break the matrix of deception by all religions.

      If the thought leaving your imaginary friends behind is just too much, or makes you want to go p00py, then try Atheism Lite™ (agnosticism) for a period of time to ease your way into a much more rewarding, peaceful life.

      It is written. RIF

      heavenSnot

      August 10, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  10. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes otherwise rational adults into believing in imaginery friends like children do.

    August 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • Dodney Rangerfield

      I know doc vestibule is a qu-eer bait Canadian. As for its suppositions where is its proof. No proof = more Canadian bull sh it.

      August 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • change the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      I smell a tard bigot of the highest order. (dodney)

      August 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • Dodney Rangerfield

      Skunk smells its own hole first.

      August 10, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      oh isn't dodney clever! NOT..lol looks like his initial reply was misplaced, but understanding the mind of a bigot tard can be a challenge.

      August 12, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  11. Doc Vestibule

    Keith and Frank – why aren't you in this thread calling for the expulsion of the Sikhs from your precious, Christian America?

    August 10, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      They're busy trying to make sure gays don't have s3x.

      August 10, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • Dodney Rangerfield

      Did you hear the one about the Canadian that minded its own F' n business?

      August 10, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • Dodney Rangerfield

      You won't, they can't help themselves from pretending to be Americans. What's up doc? Your opinion ain't worth a day old bucket of dog crap here.

      August 10, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Good morning Cap'n Sayin' Atheism Isn't an Angry Pervert Rangerfield.
      How's the trolling today?

      August 10, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • Huebert

      @Dodney

      What is your problem with Canadians? Were you molested by a Mountie or something?

      August 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Dodney Rangerfield

      No problem with Canadians just the phony ones who impersonate Americans and try to force their qu-eer beliefs on our country. Beliefs that are not even welcome in Canada.

      August 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • Huebert

      Beliefs such as?

      August 10, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Dodney: Which one of us exactly is trig to impersonate an American? Canada is the the USA's biggest ally and trading partner...you're damn right we have a right to care!! Grow the fuck up and let the adults talk now...back to the sandbox little one!

      August 10, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • Answer

      Let the raving hater have his spewage.. I love to see a hater come out swinging against Canada and just be heckled back to his hut. XD

      August 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • Dodney Rangerfield

      Well qu- eers for one, atheists for another, neither of which have any place in America at all and are equally useless to Canada.

      August 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • Dodney Rangerfield

      What i dislike in you phonies Canada dislikes first.

      August 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • Answer

      Still afraid of us Canadians.. I love it.

      Keep going hater. XD

      August 10, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • Dodney Rangerfield

      Fear Canadians? Who is the comedian here. Forth world lackeys to a third world nanny.

      August 10, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • Answer

      Trying to spell "fourth"?

      So funny. Keep going.

      August 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • Huebert

      @dodney

      hom.ose.xuals and atheist are not beliefs they are people. Their are plenty of american ones as well.

      August 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • Dodney Rangerfield

      fck you. The only letter missing was you.

      August 10, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • Answer

      Is that all the hate you can muster there?

      Poor little american ..

      August 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • Dodney Rangerfield

      Game, set, match, got ya !

      August 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      Look dodney – just cause your sister refused you again last night doesn't mean you should bring it into the office.
      jerktard bigot.

      August 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Dodney...be careful there .. question for you.. of the oil you import who is your largest supplier. So every time you start your car to run to the Chick Fil A ......

      August 10, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • Answer

      Game, set .. ? The little one is having his online fit. You playing with yourself and had a lovely j-e-r-k off?

      Post some more hate. It's your job so get on with it. XD

      August 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  12. Rev. James

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families as you mourn the loss of your loved ones.

    August 10, 2012 at 11:11 am |
  13. William Demuth

    Hey

    I know it sucks to have your temple shot up, but these people are NOT peaceful.

    In fact they murdered the Indira Ghandi, and went to war with the Indiam Army.

    Any cult is a bad cult, and this one is no better than the others

    August 10, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • Simran

      William, how much more prejudiced can individuals like you get? And please note, I said individual (not Christian).

      Mrs Gandhi was killed by one Sikh, not all Sikhs, just like one Christian and not all Christians went on a rampage inside this temple of faith. And if you want to really understand the history of that time, what instigated her assassination, please read about Operation Blue Star and how the media and social activists were not allowed even a peep into what happened there in the Sikh shrine.

      And no, by measure of thought will I say that she deserved what she got. NO, I WILL CONDEMN THE ACTIONS OF THE ONE WHO KILLED HER.

      Also please read and get educated about the mass murders of innocent SIkhs that were instigated by Indira Gandhi's son (Mr Rajiv Gandhi, who years later got assassinated by people of his own faith) and the Congress govt across the country starting from the nation's capital (google 1984 anti-Sikh riots). Now, how were those people (both children and elderly included) ever responsible for Indira's assassination??? Rajiv Gandhi's justification for such insane mass killings was "When a big tree falls, the earth shakes". To me, a Sikh who witnessed the 1984 soul shaking event, I dont see Rajiv Gandhi or the Congress as Hindus. Bcoz many Hindus gave shelter to Sikhs and protected them. I see this as a mindless illogical irrational political disaster. That is history.

      Now I refuse to relive in the hatred of the past, I have friends of all religions and have learnt from them all. I refuse to hate people bcoz they are of a different cast, color, creed, economic status, etc etc. And I refuse to judge any one but myself.

      August 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • TC

      "These" people did? Really?

      Is that like how ALL Black people, Males, Christians, or left handers are guilty of the crimes that ANY of them might commit?

      August 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Jason Moles

      You sir are an idiot of the highest order, and couldn't have summed up your ignorance and pub based general knowledge any better than the fact based post made earlier. Unfortunately the world is full of individuals like yourself that equate the acts of an individual to that of a group, you and your thoughts are the first rung on a ladder of hate. For god sake educate your self.

      August 11, 2012 at 10:01 am |
  14. Bill Maher Nails It

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAvDtPz33w0&w=640&h=360]

    August 10, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    August 10, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • kindless

      Actually, atheism is wonderful for children and all people!

      Atheists have strong minds and are good at helping weak-minded people work through their struggles with other people or the imaginary forces or obstacles that men have made up. Atheists encourage people to take responsibility for their actions within society instead of having their misdeeds excused and often hidden within their religion (comforting their weak minds, but simultaneously disserving society).

      Break the matrix of deception by all religions.

      If the thought leaving your imaginary friends behind is just too much, or makes you want to go p00py, then try Atheism Lite™ (agnosticism) for a period of time to ease your way into a much more rewarding, peaceful life.

      It is written. RIF

      heavenSnot

      August 10, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • atheism is

      a totally useless lie perpetuated by morons.

      August 10, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • kindless

      @atheism is

      Oh no! atheism is clearing the mind of all make-believe things so that one can be of more use to society.
      What makes it a lie?

      RIF. It is written.

      heavenSnot

      August 10, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • atheism is

      sh it on a stick only the deranged pick it up only the adherents eat it

      August 10, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs! , .

      August 10, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • kindless

      atheism is wrote: "sh it on a stick . . ."

      why are you sh itting on sticks? Tell us more about this.

      August 10, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • Simran

      Please elaborate how atheism is not good for children and all living things??? Have you seen plants and ants and monkeys pray? Okay, I guess you only refer to humans here. My bad.
      Getting back to children and humans – yes, I agree while religion is a way towards spirituality and helps in moral development, does this automatically mean that non-religion will lead to absence of spirituality and morality??? I can be good even if I dont pray. I can still have my own set of moral principles even if I dont identify with a particular set of faiths and principles. And I can still be good even if I think that earth was not created by God, we just evolved and are still evolving.

      Also, how moral are many people who identify with religion??? I see a lot of hatred amongst men with different religions, right here on this Belief Blog... So how is religion helping here? Rather. too much focus on religion is only spreading more hatred and is poisoning minds.

      August 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes otherwise rational adults into believing in imaginery friends like many children do.

      August 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Kindless...I think .atheism, captain America, Dodney are all the same? all have a fascination with defecation. makes you wonder if he actually has chairs or just has stools to sit on?

      August 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • truth be told

      @evolved dna
      provide your proof or go get yourself fitted for a tin foil hat

      August 11, 2012 at 7:18 am |
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