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Published: Monday, Aug. 6 2012 4:00 p.m. MDT

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There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

Thanks to the DN "editorial board" for taking the time to write this editorial.

"...Sikhs believe in equality, freedom of religion, inclusiveness and in doing good works...".

"...Somewhere between 500,000 and 700,000 Sikh worshippers reside in the United States...".

"...But these facts are not known to many people...".

"...Sikh men are distinguishable by their turbans and beards, an outward appearance that unfortunately makes them susceptible to bigoted stereotypes and abuses from people who are ignorant and suspicious of anything they perceive as different or strange...".

My prayers are with the victims and their families.

"...Lt. Brian Murphy, the 51-year-old police officer who was shot eight or nine times during the assault and was reported to be in critical condition Monday...".

Lt. Murphy had stopped to help someone who had been shot, when he was ambused by the perp.

As of the date and time of this comment, I do not know if Lt. Murphy has survived his injuries.

I am thankful for this officers service and sacrifice.

My prayers are with him and his family.

Solutions not Stones
Spanish Fork, UT

Why is this senseless act of murder being called a domestic terrorism (not in this story but everywhere else) when I never heard that term used in reference to the murders last month in Colorado?

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Solutions not Stones:

The difference is that this attack was probably political and racially motivated. The targets (perhaps in this case) were specifically chosen because of either their racial or religious backgrounds. The Colorado incident, though tragic, was most likely the act of a young male who was severely mentally ill and an isolated incident not related to any political agenda. In this latter case, it will be important to investigate the motives to see if a broader conspiracy exists. I think then the term domestic terrorism might apply if a broader motive and specific targeting of victims exists and if there might be other like minded individuals or an organized effort still at play. It will also be likely necessary to investigate if sikhs were specifically targeted in this case, of if perhaps the perpetrator actually intended to target muslims as there has been cases where sikhs have been targeted for violent acts but were misidentified as muslims.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

In related news, a mosque in Missouri was burned to ground today. Authorities suspect arson. The same mosque has been burned before.

Salt Lake City, Utah

@ Solutions not Stones: Terrorism, domestic or otherwise, is an action or series of actions intended to terrorize a specific group of people.

9/11 was not an act of mass murder - it was an act of terrorism intended to terrorize and strike fear into the hearts of Americans.

The attack in Colorado was not intended to strike fear into the hearts of movie goers - it was an act of murder, not an act of terrorism.

This attack was an attack on a specific group of people - it was intended to terrorize them and strike fear into their hearts.

Although both acts were horrific there was a difference in them - that difference was in the intent. The intent of the attack in Colorado was no where near as hostile as the attack on the Sikh Temple.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Murder under any other name is still murder.

"We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may." - Joseph Smith

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Solutions not Stones
Spanish Fork, UT

"Why is this senseless act of murder being called a domestic terrorism (not in this story but everywhere else) when I never heard that term used in reference to the murders last month in Colorado?"

I too wondered why the authorities were so quick to call the Oak Creek shootings an act of domestic terrorism when so little was known. Then on last evening's news I heard that treating it as an act of domestic terrorism, the full resources of the Federal Government could immediately be in force. I got that although to the families of victims in Aurora and Oak Creek I'm sure it makes no difference.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

No, it is not an "assault on us all". Hyperbole and over the top rhetoric solves nothing. In fact, they are the poison that fuels such murderous, hateful acts. Hyperbole and rhetoric are the core weapons of religion.

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