Washington: Responding to the attack on a Gurdwara in Wisconsin that resulted in the death of six Sikhs, US President Barack Hussein Obama said that any such attack will be considered an attack on the freedom of all Americans. The US President condemned the act and pointed that such acts do not have any place in American Society.
"The attack on Americans of any faith is an attack on the freedom of all Americans. No American should ever have to fear for their safety in their place of worship. Every American has the right to practice their faith both openly and freely, and as they choose," Obama said on the sidelines of the Iftar dinner hosted by him at the White House.
Advocating USA's universal right to freedom of religion Obama said that "Tonight, our prayers, in particular, are with our friends and fellow Americans in the Sikh community. We mourn those who were senselessly murdered and injured in their place of worship."
The US President appreciated the "extraordinary courage" shown by Muslim women during the recent Arab Spring.
This is the fourth Iftar
dinner hosted by Obama which saw ambassadors from various countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh as attendees, however, Indian Ambassador to the US Nirupama Rao was not among the attendees.