Biden guarantees federal funds to beef up gurdwara, mandir safety in US

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 15

Democratic Party’s nominee for the US Presidential elections Joe Biden has promised federal funding to locations of worship to boost their safety from racists.

If elected President, he additionally promised to redouble efforts to finish hate-filled acts of violence and intimidation and assist us to achieve our highest values.

Releasing the agenda for the Indian-American group, Biden recalled the tragedy in 2012 when a white supremacist opened fireplace in an Oak Creek gurdwara in Wisconsin killing seven and wounding 4.

He additionally recalled that in January 2019, a mandir’s home windows had been shattered with xenophobic messages had been spray-painted and a murti defaced with a knife stabbed right into a chair.

“Biden understands that mandirs, mosques, gurudwaras, and temples are sacred spaces and that acts of vandalism and destruction gnaw at a community’s sense of belonging and undermines its ability to freely and safely worship,” mentioned the declaration whereas stating that “we cannot leave our faith-based organisations to rely on donations and internal fundraising efforts to guard against deadly attacks”.

The Democrats regretted the rise in hate crimes with Biden noting that Indian Americans of all backgrounds — Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, Jain, and others — have been subjected to bullying and xenophobic assaults.

“They need now, more than ever, a reassurance that our leaders in Washington will have their backs,” Biden mentioned.

The Biden administration would ask the Justice Department to focus further sources to fight hate crimes and even contemplate laws to ban individuals convicted of a hate crime from buying or possessing a firearm.

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