Members of all faiths gather to pray for Sikh shooting victims

By: Justin Fabiano Email
By: Justin Fabiano Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Friday, Aug. 10, 2012

EVANS, Ga. -- Sikh prayer songs greeted guests of all faiths as they walked into the Gurdwara Guru Singh Sabha on Friday night in an effort to bring people together after alleged white supremacist Wade Page left six Sikhs dead in Wisconsin.

"We want to live in peace and harmony rather than be victims of this," said Surinderjit Singh from the Sikh temple in Evans.

One speaker Friday night pointed out Sikhs have been victimized by hate crimes increasingly since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. They say they're often mistaken for Muslims because their males wear turbans and keep their beards long, similar to Osama Bin Laden.

However, the Sikh community says whether you're Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, or believe in most any faith, religions aren't all that different.

"There's no need to fight one or the other because we all believe in one God," Singh said.

That's why people of all faiths showed up to the Sikh temple Friday.

"We have to support each other as human beings and our faiths should help us grow together," said Frankie May, a Christian woman.

"[Tonight] shows itself that humanity prevails and mad men will be overrun by the good people," Singh said.

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