Shocked Indian American Muslims express outrage over Sikh temple terror strike
Illinois (USA), Aug07: The Indian American Muslim Council, an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India's pluralist and tolerant ethos, has expressed its unequivocal condemnation of the shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, that has claimed the lives of six worshipers and the gunman himself.
"Today is a day of mourning for all who value human life and cherish freedom of religion," said Shaheen Khateeb, President of the IAMC in a statement.
"An attack on innocent people in a house of worship is an attack on our collective humanity and common values," added Mr. Khateeb.
The fact that the attack took place when temple members were reading scriptures and cooking food in preparation for the main Sunday service and community meal reflects the deep inhumanity of the perpetrator.
It is also an indication of the cost in human lives that we pay for the growing culture of intolerance in sections of our society. While such intolerance remains confined to a small minority, the suffering caused by their distorted worldview is shared by us all. IAMC has called upon members of every community to eschew any rhetoric that promotes evils such as xenophobia and intolerance towards religious minorities.
IAMC has expressed its profound condolences towards the families of the victims and called upon law enforcement to investigate the incident as an act of terror motivated by hate.
The Indian American Muslim Council is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with 13 chapters across the United States. (ANI)