September 15, 2010 -- Nine years ago today, the murder of a family friend changed the course of my life. His name was Balbir Singh Sodhi.
At the center is the traditional Obon ceremony for the dead,.. the Floating Lantern Ceremony. Rice paper lanterns are inscribed with the names of the dead, lit with candles, and floated out to sea. United Sikhs will provide food as part of its spiritual practice.
While a high-profile battle rages over a mosque near ground zero in Manhattan, heated confrontations have also broken out in communities across the country where mosques are proposed for far less hallowed locations.
When it comes down to building a Mosque at Ground Zero, the issue then becomes mostly about being politically correct and about not hurting any sentiments.
Sarah Palin also tweeted, "Peaceful New Yorkers, pls refute the Ground Zero mosque plan if you believe catastrophic pain caused @ Twin Towers site is too raw, too real." To that, New Yorkers must say no.
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