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‘Sikhs Are Not Muslims’ Sends a Sinister Message

Author Scott C. Alexander, Associate Professor of Islam and Director of the Catholic-Muslim Studies Program, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago

by Scott Alexander
from the LA Times

Almost from the beginning of their coverage of the horrific and deadly shooting at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin, CNN and other news media went out of their way to send a message to the American public: “Sikhs are not Muslims.”

But what were we to make of that message? If the temple’s members had been Muslims, would the attack have then been justified?

We say we don’t endorse prejudice against one group or another, but for some reason we also want to make sure people know who the “we” and the “they” really are. CNN would probably say it was simply trying to clear up a common misunderstanding that, in this case, may have been shared by the gunman himself. Fair enough. The assertion that Sikhs are not Muslims is certainly true. Jains are not Hindus, and Mormons are not Methodists either.

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August 15th, 2012 at 10:55 am

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