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Guest column: Sikh faith about peace, equality

August 11, 2012
By JASLEEN PARIHAR , Weirton Daily Times

This past weekend another tragic shooting occurred that could have been avoided. In a hate crime on Sunday August 5th, 2012 40-year-old Wade Michael Page started shooting attendants of a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisc., killing six members of the Sikh community while seriously injuring three others, including a police officer, before he was shot dead. It is now understood that Page, an army veteran, was also a white supremacist. Since the 9/11 attacks on the United States, many Sikhs have been targeted as Muslims and as a result have been victims of hate crimes. While no person should ever be harmed due to their religious background, it is that much more upsetting when innocent lives are taken because of someone's lack of awareness. A core principle of Sikhism is the idea of peace and equality for all. In light of this recent tragedy, I would like to take the opportunity to educate my community on this religion because it is our belief that education is the best form of retaliation.

 
 

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