The Conservative Muslim Forum was shocked and deeply saddened by the murder of six innocent Sikhs on Sunday 5 August while they were attending a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin in the suburbs of Milwaukee. Our thoughts go out to the bereaved and their lost loved ones, and we pray for the recovery of those wounded, who include one of the heroic responding police officers.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has classified this as a case of domestic terrorism, and has revealed that the killer, Wade Michael Page, committed suicide after being wounded by the police. No motives have been identified for the attack, but in the intervening period it has emerged that the killer had extensive connections with “white power” neo-Nazi organisations.
Sadly all around the world there are people who regard themselves as superior to others whom they consider as less human than themselves. Such attitudes can easily lead to tragic incidents such as the Oak Creek killings. The Conservative Muslim Forum will continue its work to remind all people that we are one human race, and that the things which divide us are far less important than our common humanity.