Washington, D.C.  – A tragic shooting occurred this morning at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisc., near Milwaukee.  At least seven people died, including the gunman.  Interfaith Alliance President Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy issued the following statement on behalf of the board of directors and staff of the organization in response to this tragedy:


We extend our deepest sympathy toward the loved ones of those who lost their lives today in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, to the Sikh community in Wisconsin, and to all Sikh communities throughout the United States and the world.  We are saddened such senseless shootings and other tragic acts continue to occur not only in houses of worship but in other settings as well.  I pray the time will come when we can celebrate both our differences and what we share in common, for our nation is unique in its diversity, and it is a diversity that should be celebrated.

Interfaith Alliance is a network of people of diverse faiths and beliefs from across the country working together to build a resilient democracy and fulfill America’s promise of religious freedom and civil rights not just for some, but for all. We mobilize powerful coalitions to challenge Christian nationalism and religious extremism, while fostering a better understanding of the healthy boundaries between religion and government. We advocate at all levels of government for an equitable and just America where the freedoms of belief and religious practice are protected, and where all persons are treated with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive. For more information visit interfaithalliance.org.