Attack on one worship place is attack on all

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Originally Published in The Chicago Tribune

The shooting at a local Sikh temple outside Milwaukee is extremism in its worst form. It was an attack on all places of worship and on religious freedom.

My heart aches for my Sikh brothers who have lost loved ones in this tragic incident; my faith (Islam) teaches me that all places of worship are precious and should be protected. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution also protects this ideal of religious freedom. The suspect, a military veteran, committed an act that goes against the principles for which this nation stands.

The principle of religious freedom exists so that we can all live equally and safely. Our places of worship can only be safe from extremism when we all hold these principles to the highest levels.

 

— Ahmed Khan, Oshkosh, Wis.

 

 

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Ahmed Khan
Ahmed Khan

Ahmed Khan received his BSc in Computer Science from University of Maryland Baltimore County and works as an IT Consultant in Oshkosh. He has published in various local and state newspapers and is an active member of the Muslim Writers Guild of America.

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