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Most Americans Are Clueless About Sikhsposted on January 26, 2015
At Religion News Service, Adelle M. Banks reports that a survey commissioned by the National Sikh Campaign reveals Americans’ significant ignorance of U.S. Sikhism. Though Sikhism is the fifth-largest religion in the U.S., the survey found that 60 percent of non-Asian-Americans had no knowledge of the religion. Many participants confused Sikhs with Muslims. “The Washington–based campaign hopes to use the survey results to aid Sikhs in dispelling misperceptions about their monotheistic faith and reducing violence against its members,” Banks writes, particularly in the wake of a Wisconsin temple shooting that killed six Sikhs in 2012.