Source: The American Muslim Council
On September 20, 2001, Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy of the Interfaith Alliance wrote an open letter to Representative Cooksey. The letter read, in part: "Already we have seen an outbreak of violent attacks on people whose only guilt was that of wearing a turban or a beard. We know all too well what explosive rhetoric does in a tense situation. A Congressman’s encouragement for the kind of feelings that have resulted in a Sikh being [killed] are deplorable."