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Sikhs, Hindus pray together at Cary temple for Wisconsin victims

Posted August 6, 2012

— A Hindu temple in Cary held a special prayer session Monday night for the victims and families of the mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

Six worshippers were killed in the incident, which happened Sunday night when a gunman walked into the temple and opened fire. The gunman, former Fort Bragg soldier Wade Michael Page, was shot dead by police.

Though their religions and beliefs are different, hundreds of Sikhs and Hindus gathered at the Sri Venkateswara Temple, at 121 Balaji Place, to pray together.

Paraminder Kaur Dhillon, a Sikh, said the prayer vigil was all about sharing the pain and disbelief of the tragedy in Wisconsin and embracing religious and cultural differences.

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"All human beings are different. Some people have a different religion, different culture. Some have a different sexual orientation. Some with tattoos all over their bodies," Dhillon said. "But we do not hate anyone."

Raj Makam, a Hindu, said all people are connected despite their religious beliefs.

"At the end, we are all going to the same place. It's like there's a drop of water from the sky and it ends up in the sea," Makam said. "We are all the same, and everybody should understand that."

Dhillon said she was praying for both the Wisconsin victims and the gunman.

"He's a victim, too. He's a victim of hatred, He's a victim of ignorance," she said.


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  • mpheels Aug 7, 2012

    zonk - Sikhism is a monothiestic religion. While it is not Abrahamic like Christianity, Judiasm, and Islam, the Sikh descriptions of God are pretty similar to the Abrahamic God. From what I know of Sikhism, they would say they are praying to the same God as any other monotheistic religion in the world.

  • mpheels Aug 7, 2012

    "I wonder what makes them think that the killer thought that they were Muslim?"

    There have been several cases where Sikhs were attacked because the aggressor though they were Muslim, usually evidenced by slurs used by the aggressor. My initial thought when this happened was that this was a case of confused/missed target. Given the white supremacist activities, it's entirely possible they were targeted simply because they were not white, and religion had nothing to do with it.

  • zonk Aug 7, 2012

    Appreciate the kind effort and I am not trying to be unkind but I wonder who they are praying to ?

  • common_sense_plz Aug 7, 2012

    Awful tragedy, my prayers go out to all Hindus, as well as people of all religions.

  • give me no quarter Aug 7, 2012

    Agreed Con Amor. This was not a case of mistaken religion. This guy seemed to be well versed in hate.

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Aug 7, 2012

    I wonder what makes them think that the killer thought that they were Muslim? There are people in this world who do not like Sikhs either. Not for any reason, but because of ignorance and non ecceptance to differences. I do not believe that the killer thought they were Muslim at all. Sadly they need to eccept that there are people in this world who do not & will not like them simply because they are Sikh.

  • Stormy13 Aug 6, 2012

    What is wrong with people!!?? All these shootings must be stopped. Everyone, and I do EVERYONE, needs to say a prayer.

  • Frogm3n Aug 6, 2012

    Terrible tragedy..

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Aug 6, 2012

    Prayers for all. Am so sorry and please know we are seeking answers.

  • AestheticStyle Aug 6, 2012

    Another shooting... So very sorry for these folks. Thoughts and prayers with all.