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Gunman, six others dead at Wisconsin Sikh temple
Police guard the front of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where a gunman fired upon people at a service on Sunday Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
August 5th, 2012
08:39 PM ET

Gunman, six others dead at Wisconsin Sikh temple

By the CNN Wire Staff

Oak Creek, Wisconsin (CNN) - The FBI will investigate Sunday's rampage at a Sikh temple in a Milwaukee suburb as a "domestic terrorist-type incident" that left at least six people and the gunman dead, the town's police chief said.

Another three people were wounded, including the first officer to respond to the scene, Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said. A second officer returned fire, killing the suspect, according to the chief.

All three of the wounded were in critical condition at Milwaukee's Froedtert Hospital, spokeswoman Carolyn Bellin told CNN. The congregation's president was among the wounded, his nephew said.

And another man told the CNN affiliate WTMJ, "Nobody's angry here. We're just confused. Was this a random act? Was this directed at us because of the way we look?"

Police did not release information about the gunman, with Edwards saying, "That is being checked into and is part of the criminal investigation." Nor would he disclose specifics of why the attack was being classified as an act of domestic terrorism.

The Sikh religion originated in northern India around 1500 and has about 25 million followers, 700,000 of them in the United States, according to the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Because of their customary beards and turbans, Sikh men are often confused for Hindus or Muslims - and have been the targets of hate crimes since the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, said Surinder Singh, a spokesman for the Guru Nanak Mission Society of Atlanta.

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  1. Kaur

    Most of the comments here are disgusting. What everyone is forgetting is the six innocent people are dead and three in critical situation. What part of that is hard to understand? How does it make a difference what community or religion these people were from and how does it really make a difference if the shooter was from the area or not? Wasn’t the shooter in Aurora from the area? Why aren’t you demanding that the people in the movie theater educate him enough so that he didn’t shoot them? Get real and look inside your heart for some humanity.
    @ Sheikh Abar Al Huseine – Trust me, no one wants to be identified with a religion they don’t belong to , as Sikhs we keep saying we are not hindus, we are not Muslim. I am so sad that you get insulted when people call us muslims. I too get insulted by that so at least we found something in common.
    @Kris T- In 1947, my great grandfather was killed along with his son by muslims. If you would have researched, you would have known that millions of people died on both sides while India’s leaders were busy declaring that India got independence peacefully.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
  2. Young Sikh

    Why is it that Sikh's are being ridiculed, hated on and terrorized by these hateful comments?? There are people dead...VICTIMS...

    This is not how the public responded to the mass shooting in Aurora. So WHY behave with such ignorance toward Sikhs?

    August 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  3. Kris T

    For Sikhs to throw other "peoples" under the bus to protect themselves portrays a very dismal picture of the Sikh community and people and their culture. The attacker was from the community!!!! Notwitstanding the dastardly act he committed, there seems to be a disconnect between the Sikh temple and the neighborhood it is located in. More effort needs to be made to promote understanding starting from within the community. There is no need to throw other religions and people under the bus. Sikhs need to stand on their own two feet and define themselves. Saying Sikhism is about giving free food is not enough to define a culture or religion or people.

    August 6, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • oralisM

      Why would anyone have to feel compelled to "define themselves" for their neighbors?

      August 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • JamesJones

      @oralisM...you don't have to define yourself but most people in the world have not experienced the Sikh religion or culture. You are living in another country. Would not you consider it polite to educate others about your people and culture as a matter of pride?????

      August 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • oralisM

      James, I don't feel like the US is my country anymore than anyone else should (though I am a citizen). Otherwise I would probably feel a constant need to apologize for it. Also, I don't follow you. How is it polite to volunteer things about myself or my religion, especially out of pride?

      August 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  4. Sheikh Abar Al Huseine

    Please don't bring Muslims into this incident nor should they be compared with Sikhs or Hindus. Muslims consider being compared to Sikhs or Hindus as an insult.

    August 6, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • just sayin

      Relax Saddam, your fairytale is no different than that of others. You are all equally ignorant.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • rAmen

      really you need to chill out and be less sensitive to the ignorance of the general population. also what he said ^

      August 6, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • .

      It's the atheists that follow the lies of the modern day Pharisees that crucified Jesus and are trying to crucify his truth and replace it with satan's lies that are at fault. Always was, always will be.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • Say it As You See It

      What gives? Why drag Muslims into this incident? This is about Sikhs, Indians, Hindus, the community that the temple is located in and the person who did all this and the contentious relationship they have with each other. So please don't malign other people who have nothing to do with this except offer prayers and other assistance to those who are victims.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • 666

      Your handle speaks volumes about you. Nothing period.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • 7

      Would you rather if I changed it to spiritual perfection of Jesus' number?

      August 6, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • 7

      666, you know I'm writing truth. You atheists are the modern day Pharisees following the lies of the IJs.

      August 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • 666

      What is Jesus' number – 13?

      August 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      @dottie and "7"

      Atheism is good for children and all living things. It will cure a damaged weak, fearful mind and will allow one to make a greater contribution to society. It makes one take full responsibility for their actions instead of constantly excusing or forgiving bad behavior when conveniently necessary. Be healthy with atheism! It is written.

      August 6, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      Slap some sense, have you ever been checked for Asperger Syndrome?
      Just wondering. Hint: maybe you should go to the doctor and let him run some tests.

      August 6, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
  5. Rynomite

    Interesting how when non-Christians are attacked and killed by someone, that the U.S. media and the majority of their people refer to their attackers as "nutjobs" or "white supremacists". Whereas if it's a muslim who does the attacking, then they are a terrorist. Let's call it like it is. Christian Terrorist.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:37 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      The article states that the FBI are calling it a "domestic terrorist-type incident", which would make the perpetrator a "domestic terrorist". It has yet to be determined whether the killers' motives were religious.
      You don't have to be Christian to be a xenophobe.

      August 6, 2012 at 8:23 am |
    • Sean

      Let's call it what it truly is, all the lies of the atheists being taught since 1962 is roaring it's ugly head.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • 666

      @Sean. What lies would they be? And what's the connection to another mass shooting?

      August 6, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  6. Awkward Situations

    Former Sikh turned Atheist here.

    I feel really bad for the community because everyone I know from the Gurdwara is really nice and friendly. I like to think of the older men as Indian Santa Claus because they tend to be rather jolly.

    I'll be at the Gurdwara near 51st and the 101 in Arizona if anybody wants to stop by for some tea (chai) and lunch after the service! Who knows, you might run into your doctor there! Get it? lol.

    Don't want to get shot though. But I guess I'll risk it. Cheers.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:36 am |
    • just sayin

      I grew up right by there. I remember the temple..quite beautiful.

      Signed Agnostic

      August 6, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • Kate

      These men look scary to me ... just sayin.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:44 am |
    • Kris T

      @just sayin .... if you grew up there you should be ashamed of not promoting harmony between the community and this temple. Apparently, the attacker was also from this community. Seems like there are inherent problems there. But don't drag other people under the bus to protect yourself.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • just sayin

      Kris T

      @just sayin .... if you grew up there you should be ashamed of not promoting harmony between the community and this temple. Apparently, the attacker was also from this community. Seems like there are inherent problems there. But don't drag other people under the bus to protect yourself.
      .
      ?????????

      August 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  7. Rainer Braendlein

    First, my heartfelt sympathy to the relatives of the victims.

    The gunman has commited an evil crime, and will be punished according to his guilt.

    I have heard Obama had said the Sikh would belong to the American "family". I think Obama should not make such statements. A state is not a family but an administrative structure which allows extremly different people to live together on a certain level of tolerance. However, this level can never be the level of close friendship between relatives.

    Still, America has got a Christian culture. It needs no proof that Christian culture and Sikh culture don't fit together perfectly. Nobody should try to unite such distinct cultures. Somebody who ignores natural conditions will face damage. Don't try to unite what is totally distinct.

    It sounds so nice when Obama says family but he makes a great mistake. He implies that it would not matter what exactly you believe, main thing you believe anything. That is not good.

    Obama should be convinced of his personal faith but about all the other beliefs he should simply say nothing, excepted that every citizens of America is expected to live a life of love, righteousness and virtue.

    I myself am a Protestant, and I believe in Jesus Christ. I am convinced that Christianity is the real faith, but assumed Obama had the same faith like me, I would not expect him to prefer the Protestants. He shall confess his own faith honestly, but should the citizens only require to be people of love, righteousness and virtue.

    In a word, freedom of religion is a very good achievement of the modern world, but it is not good to lump together all religions. Citizens of a state should be allowed to prefer (if they want) the one religion which causes love, righteousness and virtue, yet nobody can be forced to do that. Also it should be allowed to say that religions which promote bigotry and fanaticism cannot be very advanced. A reasonable man will prefer a faith which causes love which is independent from color, faith, nationality, status, etc. of the neighbour.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:15 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Who says every American is expected to live a life of love, righteousness and virtue? People can live lives of hatred and vice and still be good, patriotic Americans.

      August 6, 2012 at 7:23 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      @Rational Libertarian

      Vice and hatred are like cancer which destroys a society.

      You seem to belong to America's cancer which it should get rid of.

      August 6, 2012 at 7:29 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @rainer
      You sound like the bigots who used the Bible to argue against racial integration in the 20th century.
      The Statue of Liberty doesn't say "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free – so long as they're white and Christian".

      August 6, 2012 at 8:26 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      The biggest cancer in America is Christianity, followed closely by the Republicans, with the Democrats coming in a distant third.

      August 6, 2012 at 8:33 am |
    • rAmen

      so you're saying the commander in chief should say nothing about a group of minority being wrongfully targeted by domestic terrorism just because they are not of the same faith? WOW. your bigotry knows no bound

      August 6, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • MarkinFL

      Well the OP is a perfect example of what is wrong with this country. Too damn much focus on religion.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • Sean

      Doc Vestibule, you atheists grab at any straw. Point blank, go to mars and take your atheists comrades with you. You are not wanted here in the Christian built USA.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • Sean

      Rational Libertarian, you are the brainwashed cancer of the IJs, believing you are smarter, have free will. You're enslaved and ignorant. Deal with it.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Ever hear of the First Amendment Sean? Oh yeah, while I don't know you, I'd be confident I am smarter than you.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:48 am |
    • oralisM

      Sean says "You are not wanted here in the Christian built USA". I suppose everyone is not wanted here by someone in our great society.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • oralisM

      You're some sort of Celt, aren't you Sean?

      August 6, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • 666

      Definitely a four-letter word beginning with c

      August 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • Believer in Education

      It seems like the shooting was driven by religion or race but even CNN doesn't know that for sure. But I see some people talking about how the US was founded by good Christian men. Which is funny, because our founding fathers were Deists. They believed in a higher power. That's it. Nothing more. Remember, the colonists moved to this nation to AVOID religion. So, please be christian, muslim, sikh, or whatever religion you believe in, within your own space. Don't force it on others.

      August 7, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  8. Harpreet Singh Dhawan

    This is really an unfortunate incident. Time and again Sikhs have been a part of attacks coz of non awareness amongst the
    US citizens that we are Sikhs and a seperate religion and we are not muslims. Infact attacking innocents is a huge crime
    irrespective of your religious background. It is a failure of US government that they are not able to create awareness amongst their people that who we are and we also preach safety and security for the global world. It is high time that US should create some awarenes programs for other religious people. It is not right to always be supporting your own people , instead support globalism, support humanity overall.

    August 6, 2012 at 4:51 am |
    • Sheikh Abar Al Huseine

      Please don't bring Muslims into this discussion. This is about Sikhs, India and Hindus. We know you guys don't get along. You want independence from India...a country you want to call Khalistan. You guys even assassinated Indira Gandhi, a Hindu Indian Prime Minister. In turn, the Hindus massacred Sikhs in a temple in India and burned it down. A lot of your temples were bulldozed by hindus as well. So this is between you and Indian hindus. Also, between you and the community your temples are located in in America

      August 6, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  9. Singh Dhawan

    This is really an unfortunate incident. Time and again Sikhs have been a part of attacks coz of non awareness amongst the
    US citizens that we are Sikhs and a seperate religion and we are not muslims. Infact attacking innocents is a huge crime
    irrespective of your religious background. It is a failure of US government that they are not able to create awareness amongst their people that who we are and we also preach safety and security for the global world. It is high time that US should create some awarenes programs for other religious people. It is not right to always be supporting your own people , instead support globalism, support humanity overall.

    August 6, 2012 at 4:50 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      The government's job description does not include creating awareness amongst the public the differences between Islam and Sikhism. If Sikhs are worried about this, it's up to them to rectify it.

      August 6, 2012 at 7:25 am |
    • Sheikh Abar Al Huseine

      Please don't bring Muslims into this discussion. This is about Sikhs, India and Hindus. We know you guys don't get along. You want independence from India...a country you want to call Khalistan. You guys even assassinated Indira Gandhi, a Hindu Indian Prime Minister. In turn, the Hindus massacred Sikhs in a temple in India and burned it down. A lot of your temples were bulldozed by hindus as well. So this is between you and Indian hindus. Also, between you and the community your temples are located in in America. Apparently, there seems a disconnect.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • just sayin

      Sheikh Abar Al Huseine yes we get it. You hate anybody not Muslim. Now back to your explosives training.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • Kate

      We know you are not muslims because you slaughtered millions of them in the past in 1947. Didn't ya???? Now, come on, don't lie. This is time for catharsis.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  10. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    August 6, 2012 at 4:36 am |
    • just sayin

      Sorry it doesn't.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:09 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 6, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • 666

      So could you pray for some imagination?

      August 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      Atheism is absolutely fabulous for children and all kinds of people! (We don't even try to apply it to "other living things".) Take responsibility for yourself and stop misbehaving and then running to confession. Have a strong mind and body. Atheism rocks! It is written.

      August 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
  11. GOD PARTICLE UK Dave

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    IT'S THE LAST OF THE ARGUMENTS TODAY! 🙂

    August 6, 2012 at 3:33 am |
  12. Maggiemae

    May they rest in peace and be in a better place. Let our hearts, prayers/ positive thoughts go out to the victims and their families and friends. Also to our fellow countrymen and women as we deal with another horrific, senseless massacre in such a short period of time.

    August 6, 2012 at 2:30 am |
  13. Reality

    Some history:

    "Ethnic cleansing of Hindus and Sikhs by Muslims led to a major exodus of those communities from Pakistan into India; conversely Muslims in the Indian territory were subject to the same ethnic cleansing at the hands of Sikhs and Hindus and forced migration to Pakistan."

    August 6, 2012 at 12:49 am |
    • Sean

      Reality, take your propaganda IJ bs and fly to Mars.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • JamesJones

      Cut your BS and stand on your feet to define your culture and religion called Sikhism. Explain why you massacred millions of muslims in 1947 in connivance with hindus. This was similar to what hitler did to Jews in ww2. I am told that muslim Pakistan is home to the most sacred temples of Sikhs and that you go there every year to perform pilgrimage. It is a like a Vatican to you in Nanka Sahib and Hasan Abdal, Pakistan. Is this how the Sikhs pay back muslims for taking care of your temples and religion??? Is this the culture that you want Americans not to know???? Shame on you.

      August 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  14. Jade

    Shooter thought he was killing Muslims. Sad 🙁 Sikhs are a peaceful people, not like terrorist Muslims who the shooter intended to kill,

    August 6, 2012 at 12:13 am |
    • just sayin

      Rednecks are not very smart. Sadly after 9/11 we had a stupid redneck here do the same. You mix racisim with Christ....wallllah you get Redneck

      August 6, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • just sayin

      Rednecks with guns is like arming retards.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • Sean

      Jade, another IJs sleeper cell. Take your hate filled propaganda and fly to Mars and stay there.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • Sean

      Atheist conditioned by IJs that steal IDs to write their hate propaganda is not wanted in our Christian built country.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • Kris T

      If Sikhs are peaceful why did they assassinate India's prime minister Indira gandhi? Why did Sikhs massacre millions of muslims in 1947 in India? Why do Sikhs carry dagger and swords? Stand on your feet and define yourself properly as a people. Using muslims as a crutch and throwing them under the bus is not going to cut it. Your beef is with Hindus from whom you want independence not muslims.

      August 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • JamesJones

      Wake up Sardar Jee.....The sign on the temple says "SIKH TEMPLE" and is as large as Mount Rushmore (just sayin). The reason you called it "Temple" and not "Gurdwara" was that you did not want Americans to misunderstand. Certainly, the attacker was not blind to think he was going into a Hindu Temple or a Mosque ?????? For Guru Nanak's sake he was from the community !!!!!!!

      August 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  15. HotAirAce

    So, which god was on whose side this time?

    August 5, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      In JesusLand, God is always on the white guy's side.

      August 5, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      But the (alledged) shooter died too so there must have been another god invovled, or god changed his mind.

      August 5, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Yeah, but the white guy always goes to heaven, so it's a victory for him.

      August 5, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
    • .

      HotAirAce, you atheists have blood on your hands for teaching your lies since 1962.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      Be a little more specific – which lies and why would they mean blood on my, or anyone's, hands? Or are you just another random drive-by hypocritical ass/b>hole?

      August 6, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls statement is a fallacy (argument from ignorance).

      August 6, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
    • Believer in Education

      By lies, he means science and common sense.

      August 7, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, ghouls, goblins or guns

      Not ignorance as I know that their non-existence is not proven. And no more ignorant than saying god, jesus, pick your favourite imaginary being exists. Will we be seeing you chastise every believer each time they make such claims?

      August 8, 2012 at 12:59 am |
  16. Nwvotes

    Shooting at Sikh temple in Wisconsin has taken at least 7 lives. Was it terrorism or a hate crime? Vote at Nationwidevotes.com

    August 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • LOL@"WhereWasGod"

      Why vote in a poll that is pure speculation?

      I mean, I know Republicans vote all the time without having a clue as to what is going on...but even they might find this a tad ridiculous.

      Then again, maybe not!!

      August 5, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @LOL,

      yes, this seems very inappropriate. Surely the answer will either be uncovered by investigation, or alternatively, we'll never know.

      The perpetrator is dead along with his victims.

      August 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
  17. Voice of Reason

    Boy, there isn't anything like good old religion, right?

    August 5, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      You mean that ol' time religion with the guy on the crucifix and the zombies and the 2,000 years of torturing and suppressing non believers. Man I loves me some ol' time religion.

      August 5, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
    • .

      Rational, we know you atheists are the modern day Pharisees that the IJs follow that crucified Jesus and want to destroy his word today. Come out of the closet.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • .

      Atheists will burn for eternity.

      Amen

      August 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • 666

      Nothing period aka Sean, you have a bee in your bonnet today.

      August 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • Satan

      . is on its period.

      August 6, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  18. Kersi Mistry

    I am not a Sikh but would like to propound a bit on the confusion that has arisen in the wake of the slaughter in Wisconsin. History books of yore have told me that Sikhism arose from the frequent communal trouble between between the Hindus and the Muslims of the India of the time, and thus emerged as an offshoot of both those faiths. Peace loving Muslims and Hindus both conjoined to create this new faith.. While Guru Nanak was the founder of this religion, it appears that he himself was inspired by the works of the poet Kabir (or the Great One, per an Arabic translation) who lived some 100 years before him and sang of peace between the warring religions. Today Kabir is revered by members of all three religions Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism hence the frequent confusion in recognizing members of the faith. Hope this helps.

    August 5, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
  19. Vsethy

    The Sikhs are NOT an offshoot of Islam. They are an offshoot of Hinduism. They were a resistance movement against the Muslims who terrorized the majority i.e. the Hindus. The Sikhs, erstwhile Hindus, were fed up with the passive resistance of the Hindus and swore to resist the Muslim's injustice. You would certainly insult a Sikh if you try to suggest that their religion was an offshoot of Islam. This suggestion is as ridiculous as suggesting that the evangelists are an offshoot of Islam. Finally, Sikh is pronounced as Seekhs, not Sick. Get it?

    August 5, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • Hari

      Sikhism is a 500 year old relegion which was founded in the Indian State of Punjab and yes it is an offshoot of hinduism to stop the attacks of muslim attacks on India in that period . The Muslim raiders were looting Hindus and forcibly converting many Hindus into Muslims at that time . Hence the Sikhs created a sect to resist muslim Tyranny .

      Sikhs are peace loving and follow a Holy Book called the Guru Grnath Sahib which teaches ancient Hindu Philosphies. Sikhs are not Muslims but their appearance is unfortunately very similar to the Muslims since they were the Kurta and have long beards and many wear Turbans . Sikhs are not allowed to cut their Hair and wear a turban as a mark of respect to God.

      I hope these Hate crimes will stop against Sikhs who are innocent peace loving people . They are extreamly hardworking and always ready to share food with others in their place of worship known as Gurudwara.

      August 5, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • JamesJones

      Don't forget that Muslims are offended by being compared to Sikhs or Hindus. It is an insult. Now, you purport to be peaceful but Sikhs are defined by swords and daggers. Right? How come you mowed down millions of muslims in India in 1947 in partnership with Hindus? That was a muslim holocaust that you undertook. And you call yourselves peaceful????? Shame on you. Don't be cowards and lie to the american people. Stand up for who you are and tell the truth. Certainly you are not peaceful if history is a teacher. You folks assasinated Indira Gandhi a Hindu Prime Minister of India also. just another example of being peaceful. Our prayers and thoughts are with the victims of this incident. may god be with them and open up the gates of heaven for the, Amen.

      August 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • 666

      @JJ. Few, if any, religions can claim the high-ground when it comes to violence.

      August 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  20. toad

    My heart goes out to these people.

    August 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
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