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Obama Orders Flags to Half-Staff for Sikh Shooting Victims

6 Aug

A few weeks ago, following the horrific shooting in a Colorado movie theatre, President Obama ordered all flags at federal buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of those lost.

Last night as I was reading the coverage of another massacre, this time at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, I wondered if the same honor would be shown these six religious worshippers who were gunned down by a neo-nazi.

There are many problems and inequalities in this country which we try to make people aware of on this blog. From the “Ground Zero Mosque,” which was neither a mosque, nor located at Ground Zero to the shooting yesterday, it seems almost acceptable to many in this country to discriminate against those from Middle Eastern countries. While Sikhism is not the same as Muslim, to bigots – there is no difference.

I reached out to a friend at the White House today to find out if the same honor would be given the victims of yesterday’s crime. I’m quite happy to report that indeed, President Obama will offer the same honor and remembrance to yesterday’s victims as was given to the victims of the Aurora shooting.

It’s good to have a President, who not only values life, but is willing to speak up equally for those of all different backgrounds, religions, genders and sexualities.