Post # 1
This is heartbreaking and horrifying. My heart goes out to the Sikh community and particularly anyone whose friends or family were hurt or killed.
And I hope all the people sowing hate against people different from themselves…well, I probably shouldn’t say what I hope for those people.
Post # 3
I hope that they get massive, hole burning, chunky buttpee, shady Tex-Mex diarrhea until 2 weeks after they see the error of their ways.
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I’ve been upset about this all afternoon. I’m not sure if it makes it worse to learn from the news that a ridiculous number of Americans think Sikhs are Muslims because that shouldn’t matter… but to think that possibly this community is suffering from some crazy person’s ignorance of religion just makes me more upset. But it would be jsut as bad if it were a mosque and not a Sikh temple. I don’t know if I’m making my point. It’s just heartbreaking.
Post # 7
What is wrong with people these days?
Post # 8
@zomgwut: BWAHAHAHAAAA!!! I agree. Though your description was hilarious.
What is up with people today? Can’t go anywhere without fear of being shot at anymore. I lived through the MD / DC sniper…. that was a freaking mess! I can’t imagine being in such close proximity with no way out.
Post # 9
This is 20 minutes from my house… So shocking and sad. But its not ruled terrorism yet… They also evacuated all the houses on his block and the FBI are going through his house and investigating it but they won’t tell any details on why they are doing this.. scary!!!!
Post # 10
It is getting to the point where I am fearing things I shouldn’t fear, like going to work. Both DH and I work in a huge tourist destination in the US, and I am afraid every day that some psycho is going to come in and hurt people before they can be stopped.
I feel so horrible for the people who went to worship and were killed instead. My prayers are with their friends and family.
Post # 11
@RachelM: yeah, I’m in Madison, saw it on the news at the gym this morning. How terrible, I can’t understand what drives someone to do anything like this. And of course it’s very surreal for it to happen so closeby.
The gunman was shot to death after shooting and wounding two cops (one of whom was aiding a victim). Hopefully he’s get whatever eternal punishment he deserves at this point.
And yes, this is not a Muslim group; it was a bit heartbreaking to hear one of them talk about having small attacks on them after 9/11 (as were the ones directed at Muslims). Really dumbasses, you can’t even even be bothered to check which group you are directing your irrational hate toward?
Post # 12
@MissTatas: along those lines – DH and I went to watch Dark Knight yesterday, and right during the previews, two young men carrying backpacks walked in and sat down toward the front. I kept watching them the whole duration of the movie. It made me sad to realize that even something as simple as going out to a movie could ignite that spark of fear.
Post # 13
@RachelM: According to the LA Times, they now have labeled it as such:
Horrifying, sickening, maddening…the fact that racist douchebags mistake Sikhs for Muslims is evidence of their profound ignorance. But it would (obviously) be just as horrible if it were directed at Muslims. (I know no one here is saying otherwise, I just want to underscore.)
Post # 14
@mrsSonthebeach: Completely agree. Our distorted view and hatred towards Muslims is bad enough. But to think that this guy possibly targeted the Sikh community out of his own ignorance is infuriating. Turban does not equal Muslim. Muslim does not equal terrorist.
Post # 15
My thoughts are with the victims.
Post # 16
It’s not racism (i.e. not race based) but prejudice based on religion. I always wait for the day where this doesn’t happen, but unfortunately it’s just continues to be part of everyday life for ppl in many countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, but also countries like Syria (Christian church was just blown up on the w/end), Egypt (constant terrorism against the Coptic Christians, one of the oldest Christians in the world), some of the Baltic European states, Russia, and India to name a few. *sigh*
The Sikhs are a wonderful old religion and have unfortunately suffered terrible prejudice in their own country of India, but have alternatively dealt it out in the past too (i.e. responsible for terrorism against Hindus, Muslims, Christians in India).
Why can’t ppl just say “we’re all people. We’re all the same. God is the same, and even if He’s not, He doesn’t want violence and he doesn’t want killing in His name.” Religion is supposed to be a way to teach a person themselves to be kind and understanding to other ppl. I just don’t get this. 🙁