If Oprah Winfrey can be seen as a faith leader, then it can be said that public figures who embrace their Hindu identity and lead in the civic realm can be looked at in the same light. In other words, to inspire others with your own faith doesn't necessarily require religious vocational training or connection to religious centers.
I weep for the families and friends for those immediately affected and for those whose lives and memories have forever changed. But I worry, especially after incite-ful rumors that automatically point the finger at (an) international terrorist(s), who, is/are in the imaginations of those easily deluded, brown-skinned.
A path to inclusion has been created. Now it is up to the community to take it forward; to continue addressing priority issues facing our nation and make more visible our evolving needs and strengths as we the New Americans weave our professional skills, traditions and culture in the pluralistic tapestry of America.