You can find a lot of crap on the Internet. For instance, the writer of the Bigfork Eagle’s Sept. 6 editorial found a list of 12 crimes posted on various websites since 9/11.
The 12 crimes are posed in the form of quiz questions. Who committed them? The answer is always “Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.” The quiz is supposed to convince you that it’s appropriate to profile Muslim men as potential criminals.
The Eagle editorial writer also discovered, possibly via the Internet, that a man named Amardeep Singh is unhappy with a new policy adopted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that appears to direct special scrutiny to airline passengers wearing turbans.
Singh is quoted as saying, “The federal government has equated our most precious article of faith with terrorism.”
The title of the Eagle editorial is “Muslim whining grows old.” The writer calls out Singh personally: “Mr. Singh, thousands of murderous Islamic psychopaths turned your most precious article of faith into a symbol for terrorism. And since Americans are your most current favorite target, we think it would be wise to maybe pay attention to people wearing said symbol.”
Singh is executive director of the New York City-based Sikh Coalition. You can find his contact information on the Internet, and he’ll gladly tell you about his religion, and why he is concerned about the extra TSA attention.
He’ll also be happy to inform you that Sikhs are not Muslims. Singh’s religion was founded 500 years ago in the Punjab region of South Asia. At that time, a group of religious extremists, who happened to be Muslim, controlled the region. Those Muslims allowed only their religious leaders to wear turbans. Sikhs adopted the turban in part as a way of showing equality among practitioners. Today, according to Singh, about 95 percent of people who wear turbans in the U.S. are Sikhs. According to multiple reference sources, all available online, Muslims living in the Western world wear turbans infrequently.
Singh and others founded the Sikh Coalition the night of Sept. 11, 2001, after three Sikhs were assaulted by men who confused them, because of their turbans, with Muslims.
Since 9/11, Singh’s coalition estimates, 600 crimes have been committed against Sikhs in the U.S., all because they wear turbans.
The story of Sikhs in America since 9/11 is a damning indictment of the perils of profiling, as is the Eagle’s factually confused endorsement of same. And everything you need to know about why is readily available on the Internet. You just need to know where to look. And this week, at least, that’s not the Bigfork Eagle’s site.