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    Sterling family receives death threats

    A Sikh American family from Sterling received a death threat Feb. 28 addressed to the “Turban Family” in the mail.

    The family had been the target of hate crimes in 2003 while living in Gaithersburg, Md., according to the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), a civil rights group for Sikh Americans. Their home was vandalized and they received two threatening letters.

    According to SALDEF, the family has received two death threats since moving to the Leesburg area in 2005.

    The letters reads:

    “Our People in the neighborhood have been closely watching your activities and figured out you are a close associate of a secret Taliban movement on the US Soil. We ask you to leave the country as soon as possible otherwise one of our people is going to shoot you dead. Don’t attempt to relocate somewhere else in America as people are closely monitoring your day to day activities.”

    SALDEF is working with the FBI and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in an ongoing investigation.

    “Incidents like these are constant reminders of the challenges that Sikh Americans face as a result of our unique identity. In the absence of awareness about who we are and what we stand for, Sikh Americans we continue to endure harassment, discrimination and threats which run counter to the American ideals,” SALDEF Associate Executive Director Jasjit Singh said in a release. “We call upon local and federal law enforcement agencies to rightfully classify this incident as a hate crime and bring the perpetrators to justice to show that hate and violence are not tolerated in our society.”

    According to a release from the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) within the past 10 years, Sikh Americans have seen a rise in verbal and physical discriminatory attacks.

    “ADAMS has great friendships with the Sikh Community through its mutual work in Loudoun Interfaith Bridges and The Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington,” ADAMS Board Member and Interfaith Chairperson Rizwan Jaka said in a release.

    The Sikh religion was founded in South Asia more than 500 years ago by Guru Nanak. There are more than 25 million Sikhs throughout the world and approximately 700,000 adherents of the Sikh religion in the United States. Observant Sikhs are distinguished by dastaars which are Sikh turbans, uncut hair, and other articles of faith, according to Jaka and SALDEF.

    Comments

    Where is the update from our $10,000 a month sheriff public relations woman? I guess we have to wait for the F.B.I. to update this story? As Americans we should not tolerate anyone spewing death threats to Sikhs or the intolerant Muslims. As i have stated stone the #######. Maher, Limbaugh and Fox news/oped are ratings based if they can increase ratings they will slant the news, just the way it is. If you rely on these people for your news your misinformed big time. Get rid of party affilations I was going to suggest calling every politician a independent but we can be affliated with the loo loo loonnie on this post so lets just call it the American party. Bill of Rights written in English, Constitution written in English so besides having to produce a ID when you vote all voting material should have to be in English. English as the national language!


    This smells a little fishy to me.  Reminds me of the spate of black campus activists who mailed themselves hate-filled letters in the 1990s in an effort to generate sympathy for their themselves and their causes and cast other races in a negative light.  We live in the most open, tolerant, pluralastic country in the history of the world.  I highly doubt that Sikhs are specifically targeted for hate or harrassment.


    Independent you seem like one of the intolerant ones just to the left is all. I don’t derive my opinions from Limbah or Maher they are comedians and talk show hosts. They are paid to throw verbal bombs and get ratings for their station. What you call hate might just be someone elses belief butt I know we should check with you first tghe great moderator in the sky high clubby lounge. Try the history of the Third Reich for more information. Now back to your restraints


    Punjab, the faithful bodyguard to Daddy Warbucks and Little Orphan Annie, was a Sikh.


    This is awful.  Whether Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Agnostic, Atheist, or anything else… you are more than welcome in Loudoun County!

    Stop taking the moral high ground. We all know that 99.9% of Americans don’t welcome anyone who isn’t a white Christian.

    Yet you are all so quick to buy Japanese cars. Oh the hypocrisy.


    In a political climate where the conservatives are struggling to maintain the upper hand, it would be nice to hear some sort of summation of the agenda taking place.  They consistently remain silent.  This is because in a black and white world simplistic diatribes are are easy to argue with sound bytes.  Notions of equality, choice and equanimity for all become clouded in conscience. 

    Independent,  you can use words like jackboot and fascism as hyperbole.  (Something conservative would never do.) That is all it is.  But when conservative bigots like Limbaugh accuse women of criminal activity such as prostitution, well, that is despicable at best and criminal at worst.  Start using your SAT words. This is the same family of rhetoric responsible for harassing this family.  And we are all fed up.  And guess what?  For the most part the—bigoted rhetoric—Republicans OWN IT! You know it. We all know it.


    Come on Stones! XO


    Actually Stones, I would be interested in your rebuttal—all so called, antagonism aside.  I can be fiscally conservative and socially liberal?  How do you see it?  All the medication BS aside, what does your mile high vie tell you?


    Stone: truth hurts eh?


    independent get back on your medication. you sound dangerous to me. you have enough hate in your post that i would rather watch the foxes on the news I can’t bring myself to listen to limburger or for that matter maher both blowhards. kinda reminds me of you. kisses


    This is awful.  Whether Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Agnostic, Atheist, or anything else… you are more than welcome in Loudoun County!  It makes me sad to see ignorance-fueled fear and hate running rampant in this community and in so many other communities lately. :(


    There is a dangerous and dire group in the Commonwealth that feels disenfranchised.  They are resistant to equality and change. They have a very black and white view of the world. They propagate the rhetoric of hate, intolerance, and skepticism.  They are essentially thugs.  They have media devices like Limbaugh, the gigolo of the right, and Fox News to fuel their scant intellect.  They are ultra conservative and dangerous.  Many of their ilk, such as Ken Cuccinelli attack esteemed institutions of higher learning because said institution may believe the world to be round instead of flat. They are in our state government rolling back the rights of citizens in the name of religion.  And they are broadening their rights to bear arms.  I wonder if this is how jackbooted fascist and totalitarian regimes throughout history have come to power?


    Please stop watching and listening to fabrications and conspiracy theories, Donna.  Stories are just that, stories.  Get some facts.


    Here’s a brief recap…

    Sikhism evolved in India from Hinduism, about 500 years ago. Sikhism is now a separate religion. People belonging to EVERY religion in the world have had their issues with fundamentalism. Christians and Muslims have fought for centuries, Hindu’s have their nationalist movement and Sikhs have had their issues with separatism and led an armed insurgency (aka terrorism) in India that lasted more than in decade from about 1980 to about 1990. During this period a bunch of Sikhs moved from India to the melting pot - USA, citing abuses by the Indian government. Note: There are about 50 million Sikhs in India, about 5% of the Indian population but constitute about 30% of the Indian armed forces.

    Sikhs in the US are hard working people and should not be confused with Arabs - not that there’s anything wrong with being Arab, or Asian, African, European, Hispanic or whatever.

    People this is the new America - it is comprised of people from EVERY part of this earth and that’s what makes us a great nation !


    -Education will set you free-


    This family was harassed in Maryland and now in Virginia?  I hope this isn’t an inside job by them as some previous hate crimes have been.  I remember a story a couple of years ago about someone spray painting hate messages outside of a Jewish family’s home in Maryland.  It turned out one of the family members did it themselves.


    Occupy everything,
    The people who leave these hate messages are ignorant.  They feed on one another.  And then things get out of hand, like what happened in Sterling with the Sikh family.  It’s funny, hilarious, that they haven’t left their venomous hate messages here like they normally do.


    It’s about time the Feds arrived in Sterling.  I hope when they’re done they’ll investigate the BOS, Project Fairness, and all manner of irritating things about Loudoun County.
    OCCUPY LOUDOUN!


    When we catch the pen and paper happy little bastards lets stone them.


    This is religious freedom, which we hold so dear, under attack.  I agree with other posts in this thread.  It is very clear who the terrorists are and it is not the Sikh family. 

    I will pray for the safety of the Sikh family and healing of the hatred of those who threaten them.


    When America kids are too busy watching Jersey Shore, texting their friends, and playing video games instead of pursuing studies in Math and Science, of course we need H1B programs to fill our technology fields.


    Fireman - The people here on H1B Visa programs have nothing to do with unemployment problems. The vast majority are in the tech filed which is one of the few sectors with worker shortages. They are not stealing jobs from Americans.

    You cannot get a kid with a CPA or an literature degree to do the job of a computer scientist. Collage grads without jobs mostly have degrees in saturated work areas or refuse to move to where the work is; got nothing to do with guest workers.


    Sikhs are not Hindu and they clearly are not Muslim.

    Here’s a start,.....Who is a Sikh?...A Sikh is a person who takes his spiritual guidance only from the Sikh Gurus; who believes in and remembers the one God (Simran), commonly referred to as Waheguru, at all times; believes in the equality of all beings and selfless service to humanity (Seva); believes in the protection of the weak (Kurbani); preservation of peace; the promotion of personal qualities of Sat (Truth); Daya (Compassion); Santokh (Contenment); Nimrata (Humility); and Pyare (Love); and who at all times constantly repels the inner five evils of Kam (Lust), Krodh (Rage), Lobh (Greed), Moh (Attachment) and Ahankar (Ego).
    http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Sikh

    Geez People, research and learn to know the difference.


    When you let that Teabag hate go unchallenged in other areas, it just runs loose and soon believes it has cart blanche to do or say whatever it wants.  The Teabag hate from people like Dick Black and others needs to be challenged at all times.  There needs to be rally in that neighborhood to let people know the non teabag haters will not rule the day.


    By tyhe way fireman what’s the unemployment rate in Loudoun? 4%


    I’m a person of deep faith in Christ and will be asking my church to pray for the family and for protection. This is terrorism all the same for them and I hope that as a community we can grow past hatred when we disagree,

      Just because you and I believe very different things, it is no excuse for demonizing your neighbor. This isn’t loving your neighbor.


    I am more worried about the pos trailer trash who wrote the letter than I am of the Sikhs.


    Disgusting.  I feel terrible for this family.


    We need to suspend the H1B Visa program until US Unemployment is below 5%.


    Feaking morons don’t even know the difference between a Sikh and a Muslim. Even if they were Muslims who cares? The few internal Muslim issues we have had have mostly been whites or blacks who converted or illegal aliens not people from the Middle East who moved here to escape the insanity of that part of the world.


    What is worng with people?!

    It amazes me that the idiots that wrote those letters don’t know that they are just like the real terrorist who want to kill us!!! That’s what terrrorist do!  If they don’t like you or something you beleive in, they want to kill you!!

    I’ve never even heard of a Sikh terrorist and the vast majority of Muslims living here aren’t terroists so it just shows how ignorant some people can be.

    The people who wrote the letters, need to found, arrested and snet to prison with the other terrorists who want to kill people because they’re different.

    To the Sikh Americans - You are welcome in our country and in our communities!!  Hopefully, the FBI will trake them down and send them to prison.


    unconscionable. stop casting stones and take care of your own; leave these people alone.


    Ignorance in action!


    Idiot bigots don’t even know who the Sikhs are - they aren’t the ones to worry about, no big Sikh terrorism problems out there these days.

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