Obama Skipping Sikh Temple to Dodge Muslim Rumors
Source says head covering was an issue
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2010 4:53 AM CDT
A Sikh religious soldier listens to a speaker inside the Golden Temple.   (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

(Newser) – President Obama won't be visiting Sikh worshipers' holiest site on his upcoming trip to India because he doesn't want to fuel rumors that he is a Muslim, a US official tells the New York Times. Visitors to Amritsar's Golden Temple are required to cover their heads and the White House doesn't want pictures surfacing of the president wearing a headscarf or turban, the source says. A recent poll found that one in five Americans believes Obama is a Muslim.

Sikh tradition requires the head covering to be tied, and religious authorities are reportedly split over whether a modified baseball cap would be acceptable. A prominent Sikh lawyer says he's disappointed that Obama won't be visiting the holy site. "We have worked so hard to establish in America that Sikhs have a very different identity than Muslims,” he said. “It is very unfortunate that even the White House is conveying the message that there is no difference between Muslims and Sikhs."

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. S
Oct 28, 2010 5:32 PM CDT
Obama cancel for world peace Divine Place Sikh Golden Temple, and instead will go to Islamic killer ruler of Hindus Hamayun’s Tomb! Proves Barry is Hard core Islamic muslim after all! he is going to Mosques and Tomba of killers of hindus and Hindus do not mind how else can Islamic killers rule and be honnored by USA right in India, yet Sikhs Holy Temple is not visited!
schmidtkoff
Oct 20, 2010 8:48 PM CDT
i thought sikhs were hindu?
Snowleopard
Oct 20, 2010 8:46 PM CDT
gotta get me one of those cool hats.