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Published: Friday, Aug. 17 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

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nhsaint
PETERBOROUGH, NH

I have a friend and neighbor who is a Sikh, and she runs a training center in my little village for yogis who are training to teach in the manner of the Sikhs- Kundalini yoga. Ten times or more per year, I provide housing for those who come to the training, many of whom are converted Sikhs born here in the US.

I have so many delightful relationships that have been borne of my associations with these wonderful people. A more sweet, pure, well-intentioned group of people I have rarely met outside of my LDS friends. These are people who serve humanity with genuine caring and activism. Their young, many of whom receive a special Sikh education in their youth by traveling to English-speaking boarding schools in India by age 12, are chaste, strong, and deeply engaged in life. They are a pleasure to have in my home, and a delight to have as friends.

My heart breaks for this violence that the Sikh community has experienced. I know that they as a religious community will face the tragedy with strength and dignity. I pray for healing to their hearts, and healing for the secular community in Wisconsin.

ulvegaard
Medical Lake, Washington

We live in a world of extremists. To one extreme are those who have nothing but apathy towards life and others, and the other extreme, those who are so passionate about their convictions that they will use violence to force others to comply with them.

We must discover and embrace a happy medium; one where we can love and accept everyone without needing to surrender our own convictions. We must accept that personal liberty and agency have been granted by heaven to everyone; not just those we agree with. By the same token, others must recognize and allow that not everyone must accept and embrace their beliefs or life styles and that not embracing them does not constitute hate on the part of those who wish to remain aloof to societal changes.

Agency carries with it a right to defend ourselves, but does not give us license to be aggressive or purposely offensive against anyone who does not share our personal standards. We may reach out, share, explain and maybe even try to peaceably win over others to our ranks, but never at gun point or with any level of threats.

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