For Immediate Release:
August 6, 2012
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Religious Leaders from All Faiths Stand Shoulder-to-Shoulder with American Sikh Community
The Shoulder-to-Shoulder campaign is encouraging Americans of all faiths to visit a gurdwara and join their local Sikh community for worship and a langar community meal
WASHINGTON – Faith leaders from across the American religious spectrum are uniting behind the Sikh community in response to yesterday’s shooting at the gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Seven people, including the suspected shooter, lost their lives in the attack. Three more were severely injured.
Christina Warner, campaign director of Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Standing with American Muslims; Upholding American Values, today issued the statement below highlighting the need for Americans of all faiths to work with and learn more about each other on behalf of the 28 religious, faith-based and interfaith organizations that comprise the national campaign dedicated to ending anti-Muslim sentiment:
"We offer our deepest condolences and prayers for the families of those who lost their lives in yesterday’s heartbreaking attack. The Sikh community was one of the first to offer support in our efforts to promote religious freedom for all Americans and we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them today as they attempt to comprehend yesterday’s violent attack.
As we wait for further information regarding the motive of the shooter, we reiterate our deep commitment to a United States that is able to tolerate and respect the many religious traditions that live together in this great country. The tragedy in Milwaukee shows painfully the need for Americans of all faiths to learn about one another and embrace the diverse religious tapestry of the United States."
On Sunday, August 12 gurdwaras across the country will devote their weekly Sunday morning service to respond to this tragic incident. Shoulder-to-Shoulder is encouraging all religious Americans to join these special services with their local Sikh community for worship and a langar community meal.
Shoulder-to-Shoulder is comprised of 28 national religious, faith-based and interfaith organizations, including Christians, Jews and Muslims. The group consists of the same denominations and faith groups that stood in solidarity on September 7, 2010 to speak out against the rise in anti-Muslim sentiment leading up to the anniversary of the September 11 attacks and the planned burning of the Book of Qur'an in Florida. Shoulder-to-Shoulder has since spoken out on multiple occasions to condemn anti-Muslim sentiment and to promote peace and mutual understanding, including in opposition to U.S. Representative Peter King’s (R-N.Y.) hearings on what he called the radicalization of the American Muslim community.
Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Standing with American Muslims; Upholding American Values (www.shouldertoshouldercampaign.org) is a national campaign of religious, interfaith and faith-based organizations dedicated to ending anti-Muslim sentiment.