Posted to Religious Diversity News on August 23, 1998
On August 23, 1998, one Sikh shot and killed another Sikh (and
wounded two others) before shooting himself. Both men were devoted to
the gurdwara. Long standing differences led to this unexpected
tragedy despite the gurdwara’s efforts to negotiate a reconciliation.
One area of difference concerned seating in the gurdwara; this
relates to humility and equality which are profound concerns in this
faith tradition. Some of the media coverage was seen as problematic.
“What happened at the Gurdwara could have happened at a church, a
synagogue, or mosque here or in any other part of the world.
Unfortunately, there will be some stereotyping of Sikhs as a violent
people on account of this sad event, which is certainly not what
Sikhism represents.” (Editorial in the Sun-Sentinel, August
31, 1998, p.1A; articles appeared in the Sun-Sentinel, the
Miami Herald, and the St. Petersburg Times)