About a month ago, the Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees (in California) passed a resolution honoring the large, growing Sikh population in their community:
Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month. The Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees recognizes and acknowledges the significant contributions made by Californians of Sikh heritage to our state, and by adoption of this resolution, seeks to afford all Californians the opportunity to better understand, recognize, and appreciate the rich history and shared principles of Sikh Americans.
That’s great. Anytime we can recognize often-overlooked minorities, that benefits everyone. And a resolution like this is so non-controversial that even Congress could come together to support it.
So who would have a problem with it?
Oh, you know damn well where this is going…
Two women, Jan Fliflet — who regularly offers a positive prayer for the board during open public comment at meetings — and a woman who identified herself as Shereen Laurie, criticized the board for the resolution. Laurie went as far as to say she condemns the board.
“I condemn this board and I ask that you please reverse the resolution to honor Sikhs. You may open a door that may be tough for you in the future. I ask that you publicly repent,” said Laurie.
Fliflet then offered to pray for the board for Sikhism and “that our founding fathers fought to establish the true worship of God.”
It’s gotta be nice being Christian… where this sort of thing will never, ever, ever happen with your faith.
Obviously, most Christians wouldn’t act this way, but being mad at local government officials for recognizing the existence and contributions of a religious minority? Your life has to be pretty damn amazing to get worked up over that.
(Thanks to Heather for the link)