Half of Americans believe Sikhism is an Islamic sect

Washington, USA: Reflecting the low level of awareness about Sikhs in the US, a new research on Monday said an overwhelming majority of Americans associate turban wearers with slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

The study, ‘Turban Myths’, conducted jointly by the SALDEF (Sikh American Legal Defence and Education Fund) and Stanford University, revealed that 49% of Americans believe Sikhism is a sect of Islam; while 70% cannot identify a Sikh man in a picture as a Sikh.

As if this was not enough, 79% cannot identify India as the geographical origin of Sikhism, said the report released in Palo Alto, California.

It found that 70% of the Americans misidentify turban wearers as Muslim (48%), Hindu, Buddhist or Shinto. This is quite contrary to the fact that almost all men in the US who wear the turban are American Sikhs, whose faith originated in India.

“This research is critical to our community and confirms our real, lived experiences,” said Jasjit Singh, executive director of SALDEF.

American Sikhs suffered the deadliest act of violence against a religious minority in August last year when a white supremacist stormed a gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and shot dead six worshippers.

Following the 9/11 attacks, Sikh Americans were targeted because of their turban.

“We also know that we most effectively bridge these perception gaps when fellow Americans come to know us as the teachers, doctors, coaches, moms, dads, brothers, sisters, friends, neighbours and community servants we are,” he said.

“This study provides a roadmap for creating mutual understanding and recognition of shared values that can help us build an American community larger than ourselves, and one that includes Sikh Americans as full participants,” he said. “This study provides a roadmap for creating mutual understanding and recognition of shared values that can help us build an American community larger than ourselves, and one that includes Sikh Americans as full participants,” he said.

The study was overseen by Stanford University researcher and Peace Innovation Lab codirector Margarita Quihuis. It involved surveys, social science research and extensive interviews of persons in the Sikh and civil rights community.

“The bottom line is that these misperceptions are caught, not taught. Good people make associations based on imagery and messages all around them – from the grocery store to the digital world. In this case, the American Sikh community has an opportunity to fill those perception gaps with truth, in a constructive way to foster peace,” Quihuis said.

Source: HT

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  1. SIKHS ARE FORBIDDEN TO EAT HALAL MEAT.
    Please give SIKHs a mirror…they look just like muslim-zombies …the scum of the earth ….These guys look exactly like muslim-zombies head to toe…. whose fault is it then if a little friendly fire comes their way ??? ….. GET MODERN SIKH BOYS AND GIRLS AND STOP LOOKING LIKE MUSLIM-ZOMBIES !!!! BALLE BALLE AND ALLAHGALLAKAT ARE MORPHING INTO EACH OTHER VISUALLY. DEADLY !!
    IT’S TIME TO STOP LOOKING LIKE UNCIVILISED AND INSANE THUGS FROM SAUDI-ARABIA…..WORK ON IT ….GET A SHAVE LOOK SMART …YOU’RE NOT IN PUNJAB ANYMORE…. LOSE THE TURBAN…. DROP THE KIRPAN ….STOP LOOKING LIKE ALLAH-FREAKS…..
    Sati started because the evil that is islam allows necrophilia for 8 hours
    after death. Just imagine. Sikhism was started by brave strong men and women to violently resist and some how contain the evil that is islam at India’s door. …But there was just too much evil coming from the Arabian desert …too much . The Sikhs are noble people. It is a shame that they have stagnated too and visually they have turned into muslim-zombies. Their Gurus were modern…if alive today Sikhs would have been better and more contemparily dressed. I think the turbans would have been discarded for modern practicality. A t-shirt saying “not-muslim” would help too.
    Afganistan was a Buddhist country…..then islam slimed in …finished today. The Buddhists should come back and claim their Afghanistan after islam is smashed. “After-islam” will become a point in time. islam is finished. islam has no love…only hate….has to go. Will. After-islam….sounds so nice.
    What Europe and the rest of the world is just starting to go thru now because
    of the proximity of evil islam has been the burden of non-stop horror for the asian continent for centuries…..let us not forget silent and suffering Africa……islam is a fantastic evil virus. islam does not deserve a capital i grammatically . islam has become a religion because of the Europeans. They didn’t know better so they called it a religion…..factually islam is a cult. Plain and simple. islam is not halal, islam is haram. Will somebody please tell the idiot mozzzzzys this. If there is one thing that makes africans and indians brothers is the shared horror of non-stop unfolding evil of islam since islam was started by a seriously mad and mentally stunted man in the desert of saudi arabia….just 1400 years back. islam will not go further. The planet is waking up. It is starting.

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