Harder Condemns Hate Crime Against Sikh Priest, Temple in Hughson; Asks for Public’s Help in Finding Perpetrator

July 26, 2019
Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement condemning a racially-motivated attack on a Sikh Priest and the Sikh Temple in Modesto last night. Details are still emerging, but Rep. Harder and local law enforcement are still seeking the criminal responsible. Anyone with knowledge of the attack should call the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s office at (209) 552-2468 or the Modesto Police Department at 209-577-5200.

“I stand with my friends in the Sikh community at this terrible time. Every American – regardless of faith – should be able to practice their religion freely and without fear of violence. This disgusting attack is not representative of who we are, and we must find the person responsible.

“This is part of a larger pattern of hate against minority communities in the Central Valley. An attack on one minority community is an attack on all minority communities – whether it’s Sikh, Latino, Muslim, LGBTQ, Assyrian, or anyone else. The Central Valley is the proud home to people of all faith traditions and we will not tolerate violence, hate, or discrimination of any kind.

“Anyone who knows who is responsible for this disgusting attack should contact the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department or the Modesto Police Department immediately. We have to bring this criminal to justice and support our brothers and sisters in the Sikh community.”