An Attack on All of Us

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Beloved

The horrific shooting (and, yes, domestic terrorist) attack on the Sikh temple or gurudwara, was a stain on our national fabric. That someone would target peaceful Americans gathering together to do nothing more than worship and glorify the Lord is beyond description in its barbarity. My heart goes out to the Sikh community in Wisconsin, and I pray that the Lord God comforts them and protects them from any further pain or harm. May the victims' families find some measure of peace out of this terrible tragedy.

That gurudwara is just as sacred as a church; it is just as sacred as a mosque; it is just as sacred as a synagogue; it is just as sacred as a temple. An attack on any house of worship is an attack on all houses of worship. An attack against any person of faith in their house of God is an attack on all of us.

Yes, they may look a little different than we do, but they are just like us: Americans who did not deserve to be massacred in their own house of worship. They are like those victims in Aurora, Colorado, who did not deserve to be massacred as they watched the premier of Dark Knight Rises. They are like the victims of the Arizona shooting, who did not deserve to be massacred as they gathered to see their Congresswoman.

Any attack against any innocent American - be they soldiers eating on base in Texas, or moviegoers in Colorado, or Sikh worshipers in Wisconsin - must be taken personally by all of us. Any attack against any house of worship - be it a church in Alabama in the 1960s, or a mosque in Missouri - must be taken personally by all of us. That gunmen didn't just want to kill those Sikhs, he wanted to kill all of us, for we are all one as Americans. It is just as Dr. Ravi Singh said at a vigil in Palatine on August 6:

"It is not an attack against the Sikhs. It is an attack against humanity."

It has to stop.

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