Religion News Service looks at understanding Sikh turbans

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 7 2012 1:00 p.m. MDT

Following the Sunday shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple, members of the faith have been given an opportunity to share their beliefs and clarify misconceptions through national media platforms. This particular link to the Religion News Service looks at the religion's take on turbans, including the significance of specific turban colors and the dangerous, sometimes deadly, assumptions ignorant individuals make about what the head pieces represent.

Law enforcement authorities don't know why suspected gunman Wade Michael Page burst into a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., on Sunday (Aug. 5) and opened fire, killing six before he was shot dead by the police.

But many American Sikhs say they do know this: Their community has been targeted by a growing number of hate crimes since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The New York-based Sikh Coalition reports more than 700 such incidents since 2001. The question is: Why?

The turban is the main issue here, said Pashaura Singh, a professor of Sikh and Punjabi studies at the University of California-Riverside. People confuse Sikhs with Osama bin Laden.

Read more about Sikh turbans on Religion News Service.

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