FULTON, NY – At a recent Fulton Sunrise Rotary meeting, Ralph Singh from the Gobind Sadan Temple, spoke about how the Sikh community healed after its temple was destroyed by arson several years ago.
Ralph and his community are on a quest to bring peace back through an educational approach.
They are teaching people to really get to know their neighbors and friends and respect diversity, traditions and values.
Pictured from left are: Rotarian Mike Schroeder, Ralph Singh, District Governor Lou Steppello and Rotarian David Nethercott.
The Fulton Sunrise Rotary meets every Friday at 7 a.m. in Fulton’s Riverside Inn.
(Editor’s Note: A Sikh holy man and spiritual leader from India took part in the March 2008 rededication of the Gobind Sadan USA temple in Palermo. Jethadar (leader) Giani Iqbal Singh ji, leader of one of the five traditional sects of Sikhism, took part in the ceremony to dedicate the rebuilt temple. It is located across the driveway where the original was destroyed by arson fire in 2001.
The teens who were arrested and convicted of the crime told authorities that they believed the temple was called “Go-Bin-Laden” and those who worshipped there supported Osoma Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.