Faith Community Rallies Around Sikhs

February 24, 2010

Author: Joanne Shuttleworth

Source: The Guelph Mercury

The faith community is rallying around the Guelph Sikh Society as it faces backlash to its proposal to build a Sikh temple in Guelph’s south end.

Eleven United Church ministers have written a letter supporting the Sikh community and chastising those whose opposition to the temple is racially motivated.

“I’m sure there are many reasonable voices in the south end and perhaps reasonable reasons not to put a temple there,” said Rev. John Lawson, the former pastor at Dublin Street United Church, who is forming a new congregation in the south end. “I find the racist reaction appalling though. This is why religious leaders need to stand up and say this is unacceptable.”