I just heard on NPR about the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. (Here’s the temple’s website.)
Horrific. At this point, reports are saying that the shooter is dead, but he hasn’t been identified. Officials are declining to speculate to the media about motive; but my money says this turns out to be misdirected Islamophobia. Not that there’s such a thing as properly directed Islamophobia.
A perhaps relevant sign of the times: This ABC news story quotes a family member of people who were inside the temple during the shooting, who twice refers to the temple as a “church”: “They went to church…” “Every single member of my family was inside that church…” Is that an idiosyncratic usage on the part of this individual? Or is it a more widespread usage, reflecting an effort by people within this Sikh community to make themselves seem a bit less foreign? (I’m thinking of how the Buddhist Mission of North America changed its name to the Buddhist Churches of America during World War II.)