7 Aug 2012
Sikhs are scared to be honest. They get the backlash from idiots whenever Muslims carry on their games. But distancing themselves from Muslims is erroneously thought to be endorsing a backlash against Muslims. So Leftists make it politically incorrect for Sikhs to distance themselves from Islam for the ignorant.
7 Aug 2012
Then it is up to those of us in the West who have learned very well what the difference is between Sikhs and Muslims, and know the history, to educate others who haven't yet learned. We have to be ready to explain, at the water coolers and in the coffee room and on the social media and elsewhere, as people - in America and Australia and anywhere else - discuss this stupid, tragic attack. To explain why it is that we welcome Sikhs while wanting to put a stop to all further Muslim immigration into any non-Muslim country.
It looks like it is up to us the Islamosavvy to explain to our compatriots how, for example, one distinguishes a Sikh man from a Muslim. One learns to glance quickly and discreetly at the man's wrist, looking for the steel bracelet. There are other subtle signs to do with demeanour and the jib of the turban.
And if the Sikh is out with his wife, the difference is easy to see, because no Muslim woman ever carries herself as a Sikh lady does., and the body language of a Sikh couple differs greatly from that of a Muslim couple. Here in Australia I have seen Sikh couples whether elderly or younger strolling along side by side giving off an air of dignified mutual affection (whereas with Muslims, usually the female chattel scuttles with bowed head behind her husband). And Sikh women I have seen in Australia, whether young or elderly, have worn their hair uncovered, and their costume - though often traditionally Indian - is colourful, elegant, and clearly non-Islamic.
Another useful thing to do is to do a little reading, or converse with non-Muslim Indians, and find out which names (surnames, first names) generally denote either a Sikh background, or else other non-Muslim backgrounds (Hindu, Jain, Parsee). Some are obvious, of course, but others - certain surnames - less so.
It makes a great difference to one's peace of mind, having called a taxi and noticing a be-turbanned driver, to then - checking the little cues and clues - reach the conclusion that one's driver for the evening is not a Muslim but a Sikh gentleman, and to have that impression confirmed upon striking up a conversation.