How soon again we are confronted with an unexplainable act of violence against innocent people. We offer our condolences and prayers to the victims of the senseless shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
Once again we commend the first responders. One police officer was killed and another seriously wounded, but their actions surely prevented even more deaths than the five victims of the gunman.
Authorities are still determining the specific motive of the killer, but it is considered an act of domestic terrorism. Certainly a contributing cause is the increasing violent society in which we live, a society that portrays violence as normal and without consequences in movies, on television and in video games.
It appears that ignorance may well have been a factor in the Wisconsin incident, since there is speculation that the killer attacked the Sikh temple mistakenly believing that Sikhs are Muslims and was out to avenge the attacks of 9/11. The Sikhs of course are a religious group founded in the 15th century in India and have no connection with Islam.
To a degree we all must accept some responsibility for the violence in our society. Violence in the media continues because it sells, and we are the customers.
Our culture of intolerance and hatred continues to escalate. Let us pray for our nation and ask that all people recognize that we are all created in the likeness and image of God and therefore we must love, respect and care for each other.
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