Religions for Peace condemns the morally reprehensible attack by a lone gunman on the Sikh Temple of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA, in which a number of innocent people were killed and wounded on 5 August.
Religions for Peace mourns the innocent lives lost and extends to the victims’ families, those wounded, the members of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin and Sikhs around the world our solidarity in their sorrow.
Religions for Peace, as the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition advancing common action among the world’s religious communities for peace, strongly condemns such despicable acts of violence.
The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin is affiliated with the World Sikh Council – America Region, an active and leading member body of Religions for Peace USA.
We call upon the relevant authorities to advance initiatives to protect citizens, of all faiths, from similar acts in the future. Such initiatives should include legislative, judicial and law enforcement efforts to effectively control the possession of small arms, especially those capable of inflicting multiple causalities, as in the most recent incident.
Sikhs hold up placards with photos of six mass shooting victims after a candlelight vigil Tuesday in Oak Cree
Let us all re-double our commitment to build multi-religious solidarity for peace, even as we deplore this sad event.
Yours in Partnership,
Dr. William F. Vendley
RELIGIONS FOR PEACE—the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition—advances common action among the world’s religious communities for peace. Religions for Peace works to transform violent conflict, advance human development, promote just and harmonious societies, and protect the earth. The global Religions for Peace network comprises a World Council of senior religious leaders from all regions of the world; six regional inter-religious bodies and more than eighty national ones; and the Global Women of Faith Network and Global Interfaith Youth Network.
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Source: Religions for Peace Worldwide