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    Posted August 5, 2012 by
    Lake Forest, California
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Sikh community speaks out

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    From a Sikh perspective


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     sbeasla says Sikhs have 'lived in fear since 9/11 because we're often mistaken for the Taliban and the hate crimes just need to stop ... We had nothing to do with 9/11. Our religion is founded on peace and the doors to our temple remain open 24/7 for everyone. Our belief is "Ik Onkar" meaning one God. I still love being a Sikh. More people need to educate themselves on our faith and how we differ.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    I first heard about the Wisconsin shooting on Facebook and then Twitter. It saddens me that hate crimes still exist against the Sikh community due to the tragic events of 9/11. These hate crimes are born out of ignorance and not understanding what the Sikh religion is all about.


    We are not associated with the Taliban. However, just because our men wear turbans we are automatically associated with a group of individuals that senselessly plotted an evil attack on American soil. I remember back when 9/11 first happened. Many of us had to be careful how we went about our day since we were immediately labeled as targets.


    Our faith is born out of peace, unity, and one God. The doors of our temple, called a gurdwara, are open to all. This house of God is where this latest crime occurred and seven lives were taken.


    The story is still developing. I applaud CNN for telling this story like it should be told and for educating the audience about our faith vs simply extracting the facts like other news channels. I hope that the education will continue and the Sikh community can one day live in peace, not fear.


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