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Published: Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:54 p.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

"Sikhs wear turbans to protect their uncut hair, promote equality and preserve their identity, according to RealSikhism.com"

How exactly does wearing something on your head "promote equality"?

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@Chris b
The same way a pare of underwear promote's spirituality, through the meaning believers place on it. It may mean nothing to you and I but holds great importance to them and maybe that's enough.

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

pair not pare sorry

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

@ Chris B: When you see someone wearing a turban, do you know how much hair they have underneath it? No? Then the amount of hair is assumed to be equal and a bald man has the same standing as every other man.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

springstreet,

Your poor attempt at a shot at the Mormon church falls short, since I'm not LDS.

Your "answer" also falls painfully short of coherence.

If my question had been "how does wearing something on your head promote spirituality" then an answer of "blah blah blah" which you gave likely would suffice, since spirituality can mean anything to different people.

However, my question was about equality.

Most people agree on the definition or at least concept of equality.

So what is the meaning of equality to the Sikhs that then suggests putting something on their head fulfills?

Care to try again?

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Kalinda,

Thank you for providing a coherent and rational answer.

If that is the true answer, then thank you. I did know now that is how those people felt and it was a legitimate question to wonder why they think putting something on their heads would produce a feeling of equality.

Other people on these boards, instead of responding to a simple and very basic question, resorted to bashing the Mormon church. Which frankly I don't care one way or another since I'm Catholic.

But it just goes to show their lack of reading comprehension.

Again Kalindra,

if that is their true belief about putting something on their head to hide their hair, thank you for giving an answer that at least addresses the question I asked.

Others struggled with that simple concept.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

@chris B

two things Chris,

first, Spring street stated "It may mean nothing to you and I but holds great importance to them and maybe that's enough" clearly not trying to claim your are LDS or show disrepect towards the LDS church.

Second thing' equality may not be a spiritual matter to you but it may well be for others.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

@Tolstoy,

Your response in no way addresses any question I asked.

It appears you are trying to make a profound comment but it falls painfully short if there was any intention in answering my question, as there appears to be since you addressed me.

I asked how wearing something on your head "promoted equality" as the Sikhs are claiming.

What is so difficult to understand about my original question?

Kalindra understood and provided an answer that at the very least addresses the question I asked.

Equality may be a spiritual matter to others.

Fine.

I never suggested it didn't.

Care to address my question now Tolstoy?

If you have a different but logical answer other than Kalindra I would love to hear it.

But please read/comprehend what my question is.

On the other hand
Riverdale, MD

Chris B, in response to your question about equality, Sikhnextdoor dot org says: "When the religion was founded over 500 years ago, only wealthy men wore turbans as a sign of status and many kings wore turbans. Since Sikhs have believed in the equality of all people since the creation of their religion, all Sikhs wear the turban as a sign of equality."

In a modern context, however, I don't think it's a stretch to say that the turban promotes equality primarily because its wearers intend for it to do so. The symbol itself means very little without the symbolism the community attaches to it. The same could be said of most other symbols, from pink ribbons promoting breast cancer awareness to the sign of the cross.

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