This post is not an attempt to convince you that one religion is better than any other religion. As I mentioned in previous posts, we cannot expect people to care about our awareness campaigns unless we care about their awareness campaigns. As we see in the following video, awareness and acceptance are woefully inadequate, especially in the United States.
According to a report prepared by the Stanford University Peace Innovation Lab and the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), roughly 70% of respondents could not identify a Sikh man as a Sikh. The report also revealed that:
- Roughly half (49%) of respondents said Sikhism is a sect of Islam
- Roughly two thirds (64.7%) could not identify the origin of Sikhism
- When asked what religion they most associate with a turban and beard, roughly half of respondents chose Muslim.
In case you were not aware, Sikhism is not a sect of Islam, Sikhism originated in India, and the turban/beard is a fairly common sign of an adult male Sikh.
If someone who is affiliated with another religion would like me to share information about their community, please contact me through the Beyond Adversity contact page.
Thank you to the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) and the Stanford University Peace Innovation Lab for producing the report; Waris Singh Ahluwalia for sharing his view of the world in the SALDEF public service announcement; Comcast for airing the PSA, and YouTube for hosting the PSA as well as many other interesting videos about Sikhism.