Skip to comments.Obama to Skip Sikh Shrine on Visit to India
Posted on 10/19/2010 10:28:15 AM PDT by smokingfrog
NEW DELHI The Golden Temple, a sprawling and serene complex of gleaming gold and polished marble that is the spiritual center of the Sikh religion, is one of Indias most popular tourist attractions. Revered by Indians of all faiths, it is a cherished emblem of Indias religious diversity. So it was no surprise when the gold-plated marvel was touted as the likely third stop on President Obamas visit to India, scheduled for early November.
But the United States has ruled out a Golden Temple visit, according to an American official involved in planning. Temple officials said that American advance teams had gone to Amritsar, the holy city where the temple is located, to discuss a possible visit. But the plan appears to have foundered on the thorny question of how Mr. Obama would cover his head, as Sikh tradition requires, while visiting the temple.
To come to golden temple he needs to cover his head, said Dalmegh Singh, secretary of the committee that runs the temple. That is our tradition. It is their problem to cover the head with a Christian hat or a Muslim cap.
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This calls for a picture of Obama in his acorn cap.
They do not play well together.
monkey god = Hindu
Sikhs traditionally served the British Empire as cops (in Hong Kong, for instance) or soldiers. Sikhs do not attempt to spread their faith by the sword, but they are religously warriors. They don’t take any shiite from anyone. They are NOT passive like Hindus, or most Christian sects.
This is telling, indeed. Doesn’t want to enter b/c if he wears Christian head covering, he will be dissing his brother Muslims. If he wears a Muslim head covering, he will be be acknowledging what many of us already know.
As far as I’m concerned, this should really clinch it for those who were otherwise still not convinced that Obama is Muslim.
Army was created from Brave Hindus to protect weak Hindus from Islamist aggression. Later they formed into religion. Till early 20th century, Hindus in Punjab used to give eldest son to Sikhism to protect other Hindus. But this practice completely stopped after 1970s, after some Sikhs got involved in terrorism and started killing Hindus.
Sikhism is in decline due to lack of conversion, abortion and female infanticide.
Obama should compromise: wear a yarmulke. ;-)
Better get in all your free world trips in before you’re fired.
I visited there. Obama can borrow a communal bandana from a box outside the temple. No problem.
Hell - a ball cap from the USS George Bush or some such would have worked...
Where’s that goofy picture of him dressed up like a muslim, with a turban?
To the best of my knowledge, there have not been any major conflicts between Sikhs and Christians. Or Sikhs and Jews.
However Sikhs and Muslims are like oil and water.
Couldn’t he just wear his Chicago White Sox cap?/sarc
Obama’s religion is...Obama!
... Baseball caps are not considered appropriate. Sikh scriptures require that men tie a piece of cloth on their heads, not simply put on a hat that can be easily taken off, because the act of tying has spiritual significance. Most non-Sikh visitors tie on kerchiefs sold by vendors outside the temple.
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