Sikhs widely misidentified in US: Survey
WASHINGTON (AFP) - More than two-thirds of Americans cannot identify Sikhs by their turbans, a survey said on Monday amid a wave of violence against members of the faith.
The study by Stanford University and an advocacy group confirmed widespread fears in the community that many in the United States falsely associated Sikhs with Osama bin Laden or other radical Muslims.
When asked about Sikhs in their religiously mandated turbans, 48 per cent of Americans, when offered a choice, said the men were Muslim and 22 per cent believed they were Hindu, Buddhist or Shinto, the survey said.
Some 29 per cent identified the men as Sikh. Separately, nearly half of Americans incorrectly said that Sikhism was a sect of Islam.