Officials in Modesto have called an attack on a Sikh priest inside the Modesto Gurdwara Sahib as a hate crime on Thursday night. Representative Josh Harder told the media that the suspect is still on the loose and any information of the crime should be reported to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.
Representative Josh Harder issued the following statement:
“I stand with my friends in the Sikh community at this terrible time. Every American – regardless of faith – should be able to practice their religion freely and without fear of violence. This disgusting attack is not representative of who we are, and we must find the person responsible.
This is part of a larger pattern of hate against minority communities in the Central Valley. An attack on one minority community is an attack on all minority communities – whether it’s Sikh, Latino, Muslim, LGBTQ, Assyrian, or anyone else. The Central Valley is the proud home to people of all faith traditions and we will not tolerate violence, hate, or discrimination of any kind.
Anyone who knows who is responsible for this disgusting attack should contact the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department or the Modesto Police Department immediately. We have to bring this criminal to justice and support our brothers and sisters in the Sikh community.”