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John Mercure: Mercurey Rising

"We Are Sikhs"

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The terror of the shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek is burned into our collective soul.  It was sad.  It was ugly.  It was terrifying.

As I watched the video that day and tried to absorb the magnitude of the pain felt by innocent bystanders heading to worship, I was heartbroken.  I was sad. And I was embarrassed.  I was embarrassed that I had never taken the time to get to know anything about the Sikh faith. I had driven by the temples in Oak Creek and Brookfield many times.  I had seen members of their community.  But I had never bothered to take the time to explore even the basic tenants of what is important to these members of our community.

I was moved again today when I saw an incredibly powerful video put together by Amardeep Kalekah.  He is the son of the Temple President who died a hero that day in Oak Creek.  Now I get it.  I understand what the Sikh culture is about. I'm sad that it took this tragedy for me to learn.

Check out the video, "We Are Sikhs" here.

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