On August 5, 2012, there was a shooting at Oak Creek Gurudwara in Wisconsin.
6 people died in this incident while 1 died in 2020.
Person affected by white supremacy opened fire in Gurdwara
Washington. On the 10th anniversary of the attack on the Oak Creek Gurudwara in Wisconsin, US, senior US officials lit candles to remember those killed in the incident. On the 10th anniversary of this incident, US President Joe Biden also expressed grief and said that America is taking effective steps to defeat all forms of hatred, including “domestic terrorism” and “the poison of white supremacy”. On August 5, 2012, a white supremacist opened fire at Oak Creek Gurudwara in Wisconsin, killing six people. In this incident, the seventh person was paralyzed, who also died in 2020.
The US State Department said in a statement that Rashad Hussein, the US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Affairs, attended a visit to the Oak Creek Gurdwara and the 10th anniversary of the tragic incident. Representatives of the US federal and state governments, civil society and religious leaders held a ceremony to honor the victims of the attack and show solidarity with the Sikh community.
The State Department said in a statement that during his visit to Wisconsin on August 5 and 6, Hussein met with Sikh community leaders and local government officials. During this they expressed their commitment to fighting hatred and working together to protect religious freedom and places of worship and discussed our continued efforts.
Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has called for reducing gun violence in America to end the poison of domestic terrorism and white supremacy. He also condemned the heinous act of 2012, the 10th anniversary of the attack on a Sikh guru in Wisconsin. Biden said the Oak Creek shooting was the deadliest attack on Sikh Americans in the history of our country. It is sad that attacks on places of worship in our country have become common in the last decade. It is our duty to negate this hatred. When someone bows his head in worship, he should not risk his life. The President said that the Oak Creek incident has shown us how the Sikh community returned to their gurdwara after the attack and cleaned it on their own.
tags: america, Gurudwara, Sikh
First Published: Aug 09, 2022, 08:15 IST