Freedom of Religion

Since 9/11, U.S. Sikhs Have Dealt with Attacks

Sikhs aren't Muslims, but turbans make them a target.

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Sikh leaders on Monday condemned the weekend shootings at their temple, the latest in a growing number of attacks against Sikhs since Islamic fundamentalists struck at the United States in 2001.

Sikhs are not Muslims but apparently have been targeted because the men wear turbans, advocates said.

"At this point, we're not prepared to say whether this is a hate crime, or a random act of violence. That remains to be seen," Bhupinder Saindi, a member of the temple congregation, said at a news conference Monday afternoon.

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