Published: Monday, Aug. 6 2012 4:58 p.m. MDT
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.
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?
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.
In related news, a mosque in Missouri was burned to ground today. Authorities
suspect arson. The same mosque has been burned before.
@ 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
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
Solutions not StonesSpanish 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.
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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