Anti-Muslim rhetoric puts Sikhs on edge too

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The Gurdwara Singh Sabha in Buena Park, California shows banners clarifying it is a Sikh temple and they support the victims of the terror attacks in San Bernardino, California. Sikhs have often been confused for Muslims and made the targets of xenophobic crimes following Islam-linked terror events. Religion News Service photo by Katherine Davis-Young

The Gurdwara Singh Sabha in Buena Park, California shows banners clarifying it is a Sikh temple and they support the victims of the terror attacks in San Bernardino, California. Sikhs have often been confused for Muslims and made the targets of xenophobic crimes following Islam-linked terror events. Religion News Service photo by Katherine Davis-Young

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(RNS) Mistaken for Muslims, Sikh Americans are often the victims of Islamophobic speech and violence.

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  • Larry

    So we have an entire ethnic group which has suffered violence, threats and property damage because violent bigots are too lazy and stup1d to figure out who they are supposed to hate.

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  • Observer

    Larry, you just figured it out.

    The irony is that Sikhs have suffered greatly at the hands of Muslims in south Asia from Iran to the partition of India when thousands were killed or forced out of what is now Pakistan.

  • Garson Abuita

    I remember seeing similar “Proud to be an American Sikh” as a bumper sticker on taxicabs in NYC in the days after 9/11. Those who do not learn from history…

  • Larry

    The Sikhs suffered very much at the hands of Hindus in India as well. Indira Gandhi was assassinated by Sikhs who were PO’ed at their treatment at the hands of her government. Being a minority faith in the developing world tends to be a tough row to hoe in general.

    That being said, it says little for the intelligence of islamaphobic Americans that so many Sikhs get attacked by them, despite no relation to that faith. I guess to them, one brown skinned person with unusual head covering is the same as the next.

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