Gov. Haley Responds to Sikh Temple Shooting in Wisconsin

7 reported killed during service outside Milwaukee.

Gov. Nikki Haley has released a statement in response to the shooting earlier on Sunday at a Sikh Temple in suburban Milwaukee that killed seven people, including the alleged gunman.

"It's very sad to see something like this happen to a peaceful place of worship. Our prayers and condolences go out to the families of the innocent victims and the family of the heroic officer in this senseless tragedy," Haley said via her Facebook page.

, including a police officer.

Haley's parents are practicing Sikhs, but she has identified herself as a Christian, though she has attended Sikh services in deference to her parents' faith. There is a Sikh Temple in Chapin on Broad River Road.

Gov. Haley's father, Ajit, who is one of the leaders of the temple in Chapin, was contacted by Patch, but did not wish to comment about the shooting until more information was available.



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From , a spokesperson for the that since the terrorist attacks in 2001, many Sikhs have been the target of hate crimes.

In  the incident reminds residents of when two Sikh men were gunned down a year ago. The case is still unsolved.

In West Des Moines, IA, a 12 year-old boy offers a poingant response to the tragedy.

Sikhs in Town and Country-Manchester (MO) outside St. Louis react, as do members of an Islamic temple.

In , outside Bethlehem, Sikhs are unnerved by shooting.

From the Bay Area in San Francisco Sikhs respond as do those in

Though there is no known threat in NYC, the NYPD has ramped up security at Sikh temples.  and 

stanley seigler August 18, 2012 at 11:55 PM
@Peter Man: '...they [sikhs] carry swords or large knives...' how many sikhs do you know carry big knives...the current indian prime minister is a sikh...i have not seen a pic of him carrying a sword...and none of the sikhs i know carry swords...oh/and does the SC gov's parents carry swords... your statement seems ridiculous...dont you think... you must be smarter than your opine of sikhs indicates...you need to re-evaluate your opine if all it's is based on are anecdotes... an uneducated individual could draw similar conclusion re christians/catholics based on the crusades and the spanish inquisition... to repeat: 'The essence of Sikh teaching is summed up in these words: "Realization of Truth is higher than all else. Higher still is truthful living". Sikh teaching emphasizes the principle of equality of all humans and rejects discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, and gender.'...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikhism
reg August 19, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Reading your comments here, petey, and ... i'm not making this up .... i keep seeing those old Indiana Jones movies in my mind! And the "sword" you mention is the Khanda - it's the equivalent of a butterknife used to access the pudding that's part of their daily religious ceremonies. To claim its a carried weapon is like saying Christians can stab people with the crucifix on their necklace.
reg August 19, 2012 at 02:32 AM
That was the Babbar Khalsa - militant group, equivalent of the David Cult in Texas. Just like the David dudes weren't representative of Christianity, neither was the Babbar Khalsa representative of the Sikhs. And *not one* of those aboard that flight were American, either, petey - think you need to give up on the scare tactics. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_India_Flight_182
reg August 19, 2012 at 02:52 AM
You don't believe the quotes? Then let's verify them, phobograf: Here's Bachmans quote: http://www.politico.com/blogs/glennthrush/0309/Bachmann_urges_armed_revolt_over_climate_plan.html Here's Coulter's quote: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,183006,00.html (she also wrote in one book regarding Clinton "Otherwise there would be debates only about whether to impeach or assassinate.") On Limbaugh quote 1: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,163548,00.html On Liddy's quote: http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=2505 On Limbaugh quote 2: http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=1316
Peter Man August 19, 2012 at 08:39 AM
stanley seigler Are you saying that to be true Sikh you don’t have to carry a knife? So what is their need for lot of Sikhs to carry this weapon in the first place? You guys seem to be inventing rules as you like. Is a guy not wearing a turban or beard not a true Sikh? Why is it Sikh consider having beard part of their religion when joining the army and other people cannot grow beards? You know very well lot these guys carry knifes. I believe the priest who got killed had a knife. The people who don’t know much about the violent sect need to revaluate. I don’t think Christians carry swords! Have you visited the Golden Temple more or less every other person has a knife or sword even the women seem to love carrying this. Stop trying to fool the public. As for the link Wikipedia. We all know lot of the stuff people make up. Tell me what does your book says about other relgion and rules? There is only hate. I suggest you read the original books rather than these polished propaganda. As for metaphysic of the book there is nothing new or wonderful . As for equality tats one big joke . It’s obvious lot of you guys don’t read your own books.
Peter Man August 19, 2012 at 08:52 AM
Tell me why you need to fear the Russians? Have you still got that cold war mentality? My facts are based on knowledge [on Sikhism] yours are obvious are not. What facts have I distorted? Have you read their books? People think Muslims are violent. Its obvious people need to learn a lot about this sect. I suppose person who stick out and says the truth are the culprit. Truth is when lot of people get together and say the same thing and repeat the lies. Read the book before you make comment. Its not peace loving people who go around blowing up planes and assassinate PM and then they are made into big heroes.
stanley seigler August 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM
@Peter Man: '...The people who don’t know much about the violent sect need to revaluate...' i will re-evaluate...one can always learn...eg, i did not know the khanda was used in sikh religious services (thanks reg) my current knowledge of sikhism is from working with sikhs in the indian army during the congo conflict (circa 1960); working with them in an international engineering/construction firm (circa 1974-96); and a few turbaned sikhs in my current neighborhood...and of course goggling. which books should i read to help with my re-evaluation...oh, which books has peterman read that lead to his conclusions...oh/and; asked/not answered: 'how many sikhs do you know carry big knives...' for that matter how many sikhs do you know? i dont recall any sikhs carrying big knives...however some do carry a kirpan...a small ceremonial knife. It is normally worn under clothes and most people would be unaware a person was carrying one. peterman's opine this religious practice indicates sikhs are a violent sect is baseless...reg's comparison to christians wearing a cross is more appropriate. in any event i will re-evaluate...suggest we all do...
Peter Man August 19, 2012 at 07:23 PM
stanley seigler May I ask for what religious purposes Khanda is used for? In book called Rahit-nama or book of conducts for the Sikhs or rules. There is no mentioned.. The Kirpan means sword not a ceremonial knife for protection. In the Rahit nama rule book: Read page cxiv & cxv . A true Sikh should always be engaged in war with the Muhammad an and slay them, fighting them face to face etc . He should carry a sword. He should not pay respect to Muslim, Jain, Buddhist and Hindu [even though they are all Hindu]. From pages cxi to cxvii in the Adi Granth by Dr. E Trumpp[try Amozen]. Shows total bigotry and hatred toward other faith also against other minor Sikh sects. This is the original work before these guys started to change and cover-up the real teaching of the GRANTH. No one has ever in the last 184 years or so, challenged this first English translation of the history of their ten Guru or the facts in the book. There are two types of Sikhs. One of very high caste ,educated and very mature sober in life; Hindu who started the sect like their first Gurus and the other Sikh who jat farmers adopted his teaching and started to call them self Sikhs[disciple]. Formers are very decent responsible wonderful people latter are violent and rude.. described by Dr, Ernest Trumpp] It is they who are violent, indulge in act of terrorism. Thanks. I have no more to say on this subject.
reg August 19, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Trumpp's translations were examples of "bigotry and hatred," petey - he often overlooked common words, removed or added characters from them, and made them read the way he wanted them to read. He was quite obnoxious to the Sikhs when in India working on the translations, and would try to incite them to anger (he would interrupt their services, smoke cigars in their facilities even though their religion forbids tobacco). When it didn't work, he gave up - never completed the full translations, and wrote his own version of it all. Also, let me repeat that the sword you mention - its used in their religious services to access the equivalent of a Christian communion.
stanley seigler August 20, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Peter Man: '...May I ask for what religious purposes Khanda...' you may...i should have questioned reg's comment: 'the Khanda - it's the equivalent of a butterknife used to access the pudding that's part of their daily religious ceremonies...' seems it was a factious comment...but; not sure your or my comment is relevant to whether/not sikhism is a violent sect re: The Kirpan means sword not a ceremonial knife for protection. The kirpan is a ceremonial sword or dagger...The word Kirpan has two roots...which together stands for the dignity and honor of compassion, kindness and mercy...hardly indicative of a violent sect... re: Formers are very decent responsible wonderful people latter are violent and rude... you seem to be reasonably knowledgeable re sikhism...but you do sikhs a disservice by lumping all in with a baser element...it's similar to lumping all T-GOPs in with the KKK...why would you do this...it reeks of prejudice... again asking how many sikhs do you know... re: I [peterman] have no more to say on this subject. originally you should have had nothing to say if you were going to spred hatred...with misinformation. what the hell is your motive...there is more than enough hatred...
Peter Man August 20, 2012 at 08:18 AM
c reg Singh. The fact is he used Sikhs own documents. Smoking does not make a person wicked as you trying to justify your own short coming. Sikh themselves never understood because they belonged to backward illiterate society of India. Any one who points out the short coming of the Sikhs is a bigot. Did the Sikhs challenged his writing or banned the book ? No. Because you would have to prove him wrong and that would leave you to more ridicule. But when Sikh them self talk negative about other religion they are not bigot? You can pick on persons habits but you cannot refute your own teaching and laws. – “sword it’s used in their religious services to access the equivalent of a Christian communion.” What a joke. Since when you guys came up with this idea of linking swords with Christians communion? I suggest you find out what Christians communion is and they don’t use knives. They also don’t ask to carry weapons on flight or do the Sikhs do communion on plane? Joke of the day. I am sure Sikhs were happy with the version written by their British bureaucrats to impress the Sikhs to make them number one collaborators. Knife is for defence in a fight. Tell us what is turban, long beard steel bangles and wearing under pant is also part of the communion. Stop making thing up . Sikh from the time of Moguls been law breaker and a violent sect to this day.
Peter Man August 20, 2012 at 08:46 AM
stanley seigleror Singh All these terminology that kirpan is ceremonial peace and mercy is new version to fool the western people. I can only laugh at your attempt to explain. Few years back Sikh wanted the American’s Airline to allow them to carry this kirpan in fight.. But the fact is if it is ceremonial why do they need to carry with them. Do they use them for knife and fork ?What you say is complete fabrication and blatant lie. I don’t believe the christen churches or the country praise KKK or murders. Sikh has turned the murder of Air India Flight 182 killing 329 innocent people into heroes. Only last year the Indian government protested to the Canadian to stop these people parading these Sikhs has heroes. I been told by an old ex Sikh they have even built temples for the terrorist who overtook the Golden temple and slaughtered people. I challenge the Sikh authority from India to come on CNN and say these people are not Sikh and what they did was wrong and therefore they are excommunicated- they are your community heroes . So once again stop telling lies. I said I have nothing to say because I thought I have given enough information. I talk of hatred !! Have your proven that I have instigated hatred? Facts are there. Sikhism is a violent sect/ It need to be investigated before it’s too late. When you make hero out of your killers you have no right to point a finger at others. First correct your own sect and hot heads and killers.
JoSCh August 20, 2012 at 01:54 PM
"I have no more to say on this subject" - Peter Man Hey Pete, since you won't STFU on the subject AND you've devolved this into a semantics discussion on the finer points of an obscure religion, do you recall what your point is? As I remember you were justifying terrorism against them based on the fact that a member of their sect committed an act of terrorism in the 80s in true eye for an eye fashion. What are your thoughts on The Troubles? Is committing terrorism against Catholics or Protestants justified because of their acts during the 80s too?
Peter Man August 20, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Have you established the motive of this guy why he went in the Temple and killed innocent people? Let me know when you find out the motive. What you seem to be suggesting we should not ask questions as to why he did it? Your concern is more to protect the violent nature in your community than trying to discuss the motive. No terrorism regardless of religion or colour is justified. Two wrongs don’t make things right. We have the right in free society to ask questions. If that offend you and others it only shows your sect is very fragile.
JoSCh August 20, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Already posted it, that he's a POS white supremacist terrorist. And you continue to defend his actions as justifiable. My concern is to shed light on YOUR violent nature as a defender of white supremacy and terrorism. You're trying to put the blame on the victims of this vicious act of terrorism. I think it's cute that you are "accusing" me of being Sikh. Other members of the SC Taliban that post here "accused" me of being gay because I defended their right as Americans to marry. Great tactic. Add intellectually dishonest to your resume under fallacious and morally bankrupt. You people truly are awful.
stanley seigler August 20, 2012 at 04:59 PM
@JoSCh: 'you won't STFU on the subject AND you've devolved this into a semantics discussion on the finer points of an obscure religion, do you recall what your point is?' impossible to determine peterman's original point, if there was one...it may have been to blame the victims vice the shooter...kinda like the KKK blaming the blacks for being lynched. OK so that's hyperbole and a reach...but (my opine) it's no more a reach than most of peterman's conclusions...and others have a similar opine...eg, 'Your [pm's] comment is so inappropriate and misinformed I'm actually going to leave it up so other people can see it.' (shawn drury) ref peterman's original *Peter Man: August 18 Sikhism sect or cult hardly has a history of being peaceful lot. May be the guys relatives were in the Boeing they blowup *Shawn Drury: August 18 Peter, Your comment is so inappropriate and misinformed I'm actually going to leave it up so other people can see it. re: [pm] devolved this into a [an irrelevant] semantics discussion... this is the devolution of most discussions with 'true believers' and 'true haters'...ie, it eventually reaches a 'whatever' stage...why do i continue to get sucked into these exercises in futility.
Peter Man August 21, 2012 at 08:00 AM
JoSCh Just because he’s white supremacist he’s violent that in itself does not show his motive? We are asking the question what was his motive. How can people kill in cold blood? Where have I defended him or praised him? It’s your dishonesty by refusing to acknowledge the violent nature of the Sikh sect. Tell me how many media , or the Indian PM or its community ever said sorry for the carnage cold blooded murder of 329 innocent souls blow-up in the middle of the Atlantic. Those guys are looked upon as heroes of the Sikhs. I believe the Indian government made a strong protest for taking out parade in Canada every year with the picture of these killer in front of the public. And yet every media, politician and the general public condemned this terrible act. And here you are telling me that I defend the white supremacist. If you are not a Sikh you seem to be doing wonderful job of defending them and moving the argument away from the Sikhs own terrible record. If I am dishonest you have not proved it, even than it does not take away the facts.
JoSCh August 21, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Wow. I don't need to prove it, you've done it here. And you've attempted to prove that every act of terrorism ever committed was justifiable using the old elementary school logic of "they did it first". I disagree, but I'm glad you've reinforced my original assertion that you're an awful person.
reg August 21, 2012 at 03:17 PM
"he used Sikhs own documents" - he *translated* those documents. To his own liking, too. That's the point I'm making ...i have no need to reply to your other statements in that comment because you're repeating the same things over and over, and indicate poor perception on your part.
Peter Man August 21, 2012 at 03:44 PM
JoSch I think emotions and anger seem to have got the better of your senses. Where have I said or hinted that terrorism ever committed is justified? Here is my comment from above dated 20th Aug 2012 at 11.27am: “No terrorism regardless of religion or colour is justified. Two wrongs don’t make things right. We have the right in free society to ask questions.”
JoSCh August 21, 2012 at 04:00 PM
You said "may be" the white supremacists relatives were on a 1985 flight that no Americans were on which was an attempt at justifying his actions and an attempt at vilifying the victims of this domestic terrorists acts. That was the first thing you said on this thread. I have the right to oppose your support of terrorism and point out your many factual errors. I don't have to acknowledge your lame attempts at retracting the stupid things you've said or your contradictory statements. I don't forget or forgive bigotry, sorry.
Peter Man August 21, 2012 at 04:51 PM
JoSCh Quote: “.......which was an attempt at justifying HIS actions.” Un Quote: If you care to read without getting emotional the word is ,HIS. How does “HIS” become “MINE” or my views? Even if you misunderstood. I made it abundantly clear as per my last reply. I suggest you read it again. I am not at least concerned about your so called forgiveness or imaginary bigotry of mine.
JoSCh August 21, 2012 at 06:44 PM
What YOU said was YOUR attempt at justifying HIS actions. It's not a difficult concept. I don't understand why someone who came in trying so hard to vilify the innocent victims is trying so hard to distance yourself from the terrorist. I mean, you whole premise is that the terrorist may be related to some people that were victims of a terrorist act over 20 years ago. Who cares unless you were trying to justify his action? Own your bigotry, don't be a coward like Romney, Paul, and Akin. Own it!
stanley seigler August 21, 2012 at 07:22 PM
re: I [peterman] have no more to say on this subject... weel guess there are two peterman's out there...one with no more to say...and the other that goes on and on and on...attempting for some, gawd only knows, reason to wrongly paint sikhism as a violent sect... re: I don’t believe the christen churches or the country praise KKK or murders. Sikh has turned the murder of Air India Flight 182 killing 329 innocent people into heroes [the other pm] and i dont believe main stream sikhs turned those responsible for flt 182 into heroes...anymore than main stream christians turn christian KKK idiots into heroes
Peter Man August 22, 2012 at 09:14 AM
JoSCh I have asked for the motive. If you’re suspicious mind and the energy you’re spending trying to say that I am justifying his action. That is your wrong thinking. I don’t have to repeat again what I have already said. I could also make similar accusation using your logic. That you, your politicians, religious leaders and the entire community‘s silence on the cold blood murder of 329 Air India shows that you have very little sympathy for these victim and their family.” WHO CARES.” Says it all about the violent sect of Sikh community. We can also say who cares if 13 Sikhs got killed!!! Never the less they have our prayers. Your attempt also telling blatant lies about the sword being ceremonial and not a weapon is attempt to fool the public. I have manage to get at least three photos of riots which took place in India against another Sikh sect .It clearly shows swords being drawn to attack people. If the editor agrees I can put them on the image shack web and the people can judge for themselves. The definition of bigot:” A person who is intolerant, esp regarding religion, politics or race.” I have asked neither to be banned. Nevertheless since you up the ante .I would like the FBI to investigate how much the Sikh community is linked with the Pakistanis ISI and the Taliban or Osama. Because people who were found guilty and charged were not only Sikhs but also Pakistanis. Now you can call me whatever you like.
JoSCh August 22, 2012 at 02:30 PM
There are a lot of things I could call you but I think deranged is the most apt. Seek help.
Peter Man August 22, 2012 at 03:35 PM
JoSCh Abuse is preferred tactics to hide the truth.
JoSCh August 22, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Poignant. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-dNDXUt1fg
Peter Man August 22, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Not a surprise, at last shown your true colours . Eat one every day it may improve your faculty power.
JoSCh August 22, 2012 at 04:18 PM
It's significantly more relevant than your posts. WTF is faculty power? I'm not a formal educator, although I have been schooling wingnuts lately.


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