Earlier this year, we were reminded of the evil that exists in the world when a gunman walked into the Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin and opened fire. In the wake of that horrible tragedy, we saw the resilience of a community that drew strength from their faith and a sense of solidarity with their neighbors, Sikh and non-Sikh alike. We also saw compassion and love, in the heroic actions of the first responders and the outpouring of support from people across the country. Out of a day of sadness, we were reminded that the beauty of America remains our diversity, and our right to religious freedom.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Obama Sends Best Wishes For Diwali
Earlier this week, on Tuesday, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists celebrated Diwali – known as the festival of lights. On Tuesday, the White House released a statement (full text) from the President extending holiday wishes to all those observing the holiday. The statement said in part: