Obama Not Going To Sikh Golden Temple-May Be Mistaken For Muslim?
President Obama India Trip: Obama Not Going To Golden Temple In Amritsar: Speculation - White House Fears President Will Be Mistaken As Muslim
Perception is Reality - at least that is the way it seems to be playing out with President Obama's scheduled trip to India. Apparently, the White House was considering a trip to the Holy Temple for Sikhs, The Golden Temple or the Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar, in the North Indian state of the Punjab.
But now it seems President Obama visiting the The Golden Temple is not in the cards because of logistical issues.
Mr Obama would need to cover his head to enter the temple and there are reported concerns opponents would use this to show he is a closet Muslim.
The Golden Temple, or Harmandar Sahib, is Sikhism's holiest site.
The White House has not stated why the Obama is not going to the Golden Temple only that it was being considered and is no longer on the agenda.
While it is easy enough to slam the White House for making decisions based on "optics" consider the climate. President Obama is a Christian but a frightening percentage of Americans believe he is Muslim or could be Muslim.
In a visit to Ethiopia President Obama wore the traditional dress of an elder and the images were used to reinforce the claims he was an Muslim.
When he bowed to the emperor of Japan that too was ammunition for Obama's opponents.
Does it matter that Sikhs are not Muslims? Well, Sikhs are often mistaken for Muslims in the USA because of sheer ignorance or indifference.
Now it seems because the toxic politics of our times our leaders have caved to that ignorance, the truth has turned the truth topsy-turvy.