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Boston bombings: Sikh community in US concerned over backlash
The Indian Express ^ | Saturday, April 20, 2013 | PTI

Posted on 04/19/2013 9:49:05 PM PDT by Jyotishi

Washington - Sikh Americans expressed concern over the possible backlash against the community in the aftermath of the twin bomb blasts in Boston marathon early this week.

Having a bitter experience after 9/11 and a target of hate crime, Sikh leaders urged the community to be careful and vigilant against any violence directed against them.

"In the past, any terrorist action which resulted in American lives, have led to negative impact and violence on the Sikhs who are often targeted due to their conspicuous appearance," said Dr Rajwant Singh, chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education.

"Many Sikh places of worship have been vandalised and attacked in the aftermath of 9/11 and we fear that the Boston tragedy might trigger another wave of reaction against members of the Sikh community," Singh said.

"The Sikh community joins Americans of all backgrounds in expressing our profound condolences and sympathies to the people of Boston, and the participants of the Boston Marathon, after the horrific and tragic bomb attacks that killed and injured so many people," he said.

The Boston bombing, he said, has shocked the Sikh community which is still recovering from the attack at the Wisconsin Sikh Temple a few months ago.

"We feel the pain and suffering of the victims in Boston," Singh added.

"We are requesting everyone, Sikhs and Non-Sikhs, to come together and hold vigilance to show our resolve and solidarity with those killed and injured," said Inderpal Singh Gadh, chairman of Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, a Sikh center in Rockville.

Sikh leaders said this is a time for the community to pull together.

"We are asking all members of the Sikh community to be vigilant. We are urging all Sikh Gurdwaras (temples) to review their security procedures and to be in contact with their local police departments, possibly to request additional patrols," he said.

Meanwhile, many mosques all over the US held special prayers services for the victims of the Boston terrorist bombings. The prayer services were held in congregation during the early yesterday afternoon Sabbath services.

"American Muslim leadership must break this cycle of terrorism, demonisation and more terrorism. Islamophobic media bashing and school bullying is making the Muslim students depressed and angry and a few can resort to violence," said Dr Shaik Ubaid, the New York Co-chair of Muslim Peace coalition USA.

"American foreign policy of waging unjustified war is also a major contributing factor. The Muslim leadership must put in place programs to teach American youth peaceful ways of showing dissent," he said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: boston; chechnya; india; islam; muslim; sikh; terrorism
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To: mylife

>>The point is that you would think the Sikhs would be more concerned with radical Muslims than Americans.

In general, they are.


51 posted on 04/19/2013 10:35:03 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: ravager

No, lefties don’t get to make false claims and propaganda like this lefty writer, and no, telling Americans that much of their nation is off limits to them, is unacceptable.

How many Sikh attacks based on their religion are there, hundreds, thousands?


52 posted on 04/19/2013 10:35:08 PM PDT by ansel12 (The lefts most effective position-I'm libertarian on social issues, but conservative on economics.)
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To: LouAvul

I’ve known some folk who call themselves “Christian” while participating in robbery, rape and murder.

It’s like the old question...if you call a dog’s tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have?

You identify a Christian by their fruits. How do your fruits measure against Galatians 5:2-26?


53 posted on 04/19/2013 10:35:30 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: TBP

There’s a lot of smiting and smoting going on over there.


54 posted on 04/19/2013 10:35:45 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked 50c)
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To: ravager
The Khalistan movement is sui generis, an independence movement of freedom-loving people.
55 posted on 04/19/2013 10:35:58 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: expat1000

I would imagine so.


56 posted on 04/19/2013 10:36:37 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked 50c)
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To: LouAvul

>>Are they Christians? America was founded upon Christian ethics, morals and values

No Sikhs allowed, right? And what about the Jews? And Mormons, or are Mormons okay with you because many people feel they are not Christians? Send them back to, exactly where?

How about Catholics? Do they qualify? I mean, all that Pope stuff - you okay with that?


57 posted on 04/19/2013 10:39:10 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: Jyotishi

we Sikh not you or your people.

The other Sick FK’s however....


58 posted on 04/19/2013 10:39:22 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: LouAvul

“And that’s where you’re wrong. It’s one of those things if you’ve got to ask you’ll never get it.”

What you really mean is if I ask you are too stupid to explain it.


59 posted on 04/19/2013 10:42:44 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Conserev1

Or, they could stay home. Why are they compelled to invade the US?

TO LIVE OFF OF OUR GD WELFARE SYSTEM!


60 posted on 04/19/2013 10:43:49 PM PDT by tdscpa
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To: expat1000; LouAvul

That reminds me of the Blazing Saddles scene where the towns folk say they’ll accept two certain ethnic groups (described in racist terms) but they would not accept the Irish.


61 posted on 04/19/2013 10:46:55 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse; LouAvul
I’d rather have a Sikh covering my back that an uninformed bigoted troll.

Amen to that!

62 posted on 04/19/2013 10:47:39 PM PDT by TigersEye (If babies had guns they wouldn't be aborted)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
I’ve known some folk who call themselves “Christian” while participating in robbery, rape and murder.

You must have interesting friends to be able to know enough self proclaimed Christians doing that stuff, as to make it significantly large a number as to be relevant.

63 posted on 04/19/2013 10:50:29 PM PDT by ansel12 (The lefts most effective position-I'm libertarian on social issues, but conservative on economics.)
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To: Nik Naym; LouAvul
What you really mean is if I ask you are too stupid to explain it.

Bingo!

64 posted on 04/19/2013 10:51:43 PM PDT by TigersEye (If babies had guns they wouldn't be aborted)
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To: mylife; ansel12
lol....no kidding...just ask who has killed more Sikhs?

rednecks like me or Muslims and Hindus?

duh

I have nothing against Sikhs or Hindus cept most are Democrats and a bit different manners wise...folkways and mores they used to call it....some seem to act like their former Brit overlords a bit much

not many are assimilated really

they seem to just pocket up..and stay distinct

maybe high bred Hindus mix in more...their kids anyhow

I saw a pretty Indian girl tonight near Vandy smooching it up with a gringo boy...sadly a hipster looking prog...but she was pretty good looking...too pretty for his Prius driving ass

in all fairness to Hindus and Muzzies...Sikhs kill them too in quite the fashion when it suits them...just ask Indira Ghandi ...at some point..lol

65 posted on 04/19/2013 10:52:11 PM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: expat1000

Don’t leave out Moslems, and Scientologists and Voodoo, and Buddhism.


66 posted on 04/19/2013 10:54:20 PM PDT by ansel12 (The lefts most effective position-I'm libertarian on social issues, but conservative on economics.)
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To: ansel12

ouch...that had to hurt our resident Parashurama


67 posted on 04/19/2013 10:56:36 PM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: Nik Naym
I have many Sikh patients. They are invariably some of my most polite patients. I believe it is part of their culture. Some are difficult to understand though.

Several come for DOT physicals. It is somewhat surprising when I have them lift up their shirts to listen to their chest that they always have their dagger tucked neatly into their belt.

It is one of the 5 "K"s. That they carry a dagger to defend against injustice, like if they see someone being robbed, they are to use it to scare off the attacker. Not to be used in offense.

68 posted on 04/19/2013 10:59:11 PM PDT by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse; ansel12
I’ve known some folk who call themselves “Christian” while participating in robbery, rape and murder.

really...how many personally?

I'm southern baptist...55 years old...have known not one soul who professed to be a devout Christian in my entire life who raped, murdered and robbed.

Did bad things..a few..cheated on spouses...most common sin....lied..another...bore false witness..yep

But acted like a savage...none

You must live in a very bad neighborhood.

69 posted on 04/19/2013 11:00:50 PM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: boop

“I have many Sikh patients.”

I hope you are prepared to read a few jokes about that line.

This IS FR, after all.


70 posted on 04/19/2013 11:01:43 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: TBP

Are the Sikhs still fighting over whether or not to sit on chairs?

http://www.religioustolerance.org/sikhism3.htm#


71 posted on 04/19/2013 11:02:28 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: LouAvul
You are coming across like a Kos troll who is trying to parody a Christian conservative. Sikh's are ‘ok’. Yes, we want everyone to come to Christ - as HE is the only way to Salvation, but people are free to worship as they will. You cannot force someone to be a Christian (and in fact, most people who claim to be Christians are only lip service Christians). You can speak with a Sikh respectfully and honorably. If you can convince him to seek and trust The Lord - then great. If not, so be it. Islam is different and unique. Their book says to destroy. Don't lump the Sikhs and muslms together - it just shows ignorance. That said, we should also keep the muslms in prayer. No sane person would willingly choose that cult. You are borne into it, and it takes great courage and wisdom to leave it.
72 posted on 04/19/2013 11:10:55 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: TBP
Rajwant Singh is a fake, phony fraud and a sellout, but he’s absolutely right on this.

9/11 was 12 years ago. They need to get over it. I'm sure just about every group out there has had a "hate crime" perpetrated against it at least once during the last 12 years.

73 posted on 04/19/2013 11:13:11 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Obama's vision - No Job is a Good Job)
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To: El Cid

You stated....”No sane person would willingly choose that cult.” (Islam)

That comment alone says volumes....

You’re greatly mistaken.... many people “choose” Islam and with certainty apart from being “born into it”....and that Worldwide as well as in this country.... Why do you think they have recruitment centers throughout the world?

I would highly recommend you educate yourself about Islam....as “anyone” with even a rudimentary understanding of Islam understands there are numerous people who “convert” to Islam.


74 posted on 04/19/2013 11:23:18 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww
You stated....”No sane person would willingly choose that cult.” (Islam)

I would highly recommend you educate yourself about Islam....as “anyone” with even a rudimentary understanding of Islam understands there are numerous people who “convert” to Islam.

The operative word is "sane".
That and the threat of death has supplied the converts to Satan's plague called Islam.

75 posted on 04/19/2013 11:43:15 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: tdscpa

Sikh’s in this country generally have money and are professionals. Also they pretty much mind their own business.


76 posted on 04/19/2013 11:50:34 PM PDT by sunrise_sunset
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To: El Cid

Sanity has nothing to do with those who convert to Islam...though those who are are not exempt.

People ‘choose’...that’s the bottom line...the same as all other choices one makes in life. Sane and otherwise.


77 posted on 04/19/2013 11:57:41 PM PDT by caww
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To: Conserev1

And where should the American-born Sikhs go?


78 posted on 04/20/2013 12:00:57 AM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: LouAvul

American-born Sikhs aren’t Americans?


79 posted on 04/20/2013 12:02:34 AM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: LouAvul

Bigoted Christians make me ashamed of them.


80 posted on 04/20/2013 12:04:06 AM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: ansel12; Rides_A_Red_Horse

>> Don’t leave out Moslems, and Scientologists and Voodoo, and Buddhism.

Not so sure about Voodoo/witches/Wicann (or whatever they are called) myself! but you are right, of course, and we both forgot Hindus, which is not the same religion as Sikh.


81 posted on 04/20/2013 12:41:40 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: righttackle44

>>Bigoted Christians make me ashamed of them.

The response to his comment has been very gratifying.


82 posted on 04/20/2013 12:44:23 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: sunrise_sunset
Generally, pretty much, usually, mostly, largely. Why do they have to come to the US to generally, pretty much, usually, mostly, largely do their business?

Does the country they were born in not need people? This country does not have to be at “standing room only” condition!

This country is largely prosperous because it has surplus resources “per capita”. Import more people to acquire more terrorism, crime, welfare cases? Why?

83 posted on 04/20/2013 1:04:22 AM PDT by tdscpa
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To: Lent

>> Better yet. Go down to one of those Muslim neighborhoods in Dearborn Michigan and wear a t-shirt with a cross in front a see if you come out in one piece.

Sounds like fun. If I didn’t have responsibilities, I might play along....


84 posted on 04/20/2013 1:10:14 AM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Need to get over 9/11/2001? FU!

I have not got over 12/7/1941 yet, and I was not born until 1946!.


85 posted on 04/20/2013 1:27:03 AM PDT by tdscpa
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To: expat1000; LouAvul; righttackle44

>> Bigoted Christians make me ashamed of them.

It’s not necessarily about bigotry, but generalizations.

If bigotry is a concern, then let’s not discount the US Citizens of Muslim faith that respect the Constitution and want the promise of America... despite my opinion that Islam is a war plan.

Evangelize Christianity.


86 posted on 04/20/2013 1:30:19 AM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: LouAvul

I’d rather be around real Sikhs than phony Christians.


87 posted on 04/20/2013 1:30:21 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: tdscpa

>> Need to get over 9/11/2001? FU!

Sharpen your tacks.


88 posted on 04/20/2013 1:34:44 AM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: LouAvul
And that’s where you’re wrong. It’s one of those things if you’ve got to ask you’ll never get it.

Ask TJ.

89 posted on 04/20/2013 1:47:32 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Fresh Wind
I’d rather be around real Sikhs than phony Christians.

Me too.

90 posted on 04/20/2013 1:54:41 AM PDT by EricT. (Another Muslim terrorist. Who saw that coming?)
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To: VeniVidiVici
>> 9/11 was 12 years ago <<

And the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting was a few months ago.

91 posted on 04/20/2013 2:21:43 AM PDT by BillyBoy ( Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: Slump Tester

They both tend to wear turbans and are brown people. That is all some morons need to lump them in together (see below).


92 posted on 04/20/2013 2:29:02 AM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Jyotishi

Once again I hope ALL moose limbs are nervous about this. Including the chief mooseie turd win the white house.


93 posted on 04/20/2013 3:19:38 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: tdscpa
I have not got over 12/7/1941 yet, and I was not born until 1946!.

LOL! So you still hate the Japs then, eh?

94 posted on 04/20/2013 5:59:51 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Obama's vision - No Job is a Good Job)
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To: BillyBoy
And the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting was a few months ago.

Um. Ok. Do I really need to do a search for crimes targeting Christians?

95 posted on 04/20/2013 6:05:11 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Obama's vision - No Job is a Good Job)
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To: ansel12

You must have interesting friends to be able to know enough self proclaimed Christians doing that stuff, as to make it significantly large a number as to be relevant.


I grew up in an urban bastion of liberal glory. The people I refered to weren’t friends. Occasionally, one or more would make the news and their mother or grandmother would talk about how they were such good boys. On Sunday, you’d see these young fellows in a coat and tie on their way to a “Rev Wright, Social Justice” type of Church.

Of course, they called themselves Christian...


96 posted on 04/20/2013 7:13:14 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: wardaddy

I grew up in a very bad neighborhood. It was also a very liberal neighborhood. I’m sorry, I’m repeating myself.


97 posted on 04/20/2013 7:16:11 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: El Cid

That said, we should also keep the muslms in prayer. No sane person would willingly choose that cult. You are borne into it, and it takes great courage and wisdom to leave it.


Former moslems have the coolist conversion stories. Esp those who became Christians while in the middle east.


98 posted on 04/20/2013 7:18:03 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Jonty30
You could walk through a Sikh neighborhood at 2am and come out unharmed.

Heck, you could walk in the worst neighborhood in South Chicago with a Sikh by your side and come out, not only unharmed, but a neighborhood cleaned up of some criminals.

99 posted on 04/20/2013 7:26:08 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: Fresh Wind
I’d rather be around real Sikhs than phony Christians.

Ditto

100 posted on 04/20/2013 7:27:16 AM PDT by mnehring
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