Sunday, August 05, 2012

Sad memory

The news coming out of Milwaukee reminds me of a time about a decade ago, when I was in a convenience store. While waiting my turn, I noticed a small sign next to a pile of handouts, which were offered to explain to customers that just because the store owner wore a turban, and so forth.

This was in the People's Republic of Northampton, for godsake. (If you know anything about that town, you know it is second to none in valuing diversity.) And yet, the proprietor felt compelled, there, to inform everyone who stepped into his store that Sikhs aren't Muslims.

Not that it should matter, in any case, but I think you get my point.

4 comments:

Substance McGravitas said...

The touting of the Sikh religion as a peaceful one is as true as any other representation of a religion.

Brendan Keefe said...

Even without clicking on the link, you know that I of course agree. And I'm sure you know my feelings about religion in general.

Nonetheless, I think the average [Sikh, Muslim, Jew, Christian, whatever] is probably not the sort of person that either of us would have subjected to attack, purely because he or she identifies with some nebulously-defined large group that believes some weird things.

Substance McGravitas said...

Yes.

M. Bouffant said...

Mmmm, could be.

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