Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Obama Insults India's Sikhs

The Golden Temple( Harimandir Sahib ) in Amritsar, India is a religious site for Sikhs equivalent to the Western Wall for Jews in Israel or the Church of the Holy Sepulcher for Christians.

Aside from its symbolism to 28 million Sikhs, it's a major tourist attraction that has been visited by a number of celebrities and world leaders, from Queen Elizabeth to Canadian PM Stephen Harper.Most Indians look on it as a cherished national symbol.

But President Barack Hussein Obama is going to give it a miss when he travels to India after the midterm elections...because Obama is not willing to cover his head while in the Temple, as the Sikh tradition requires.Or so the White House says:




Now, most non-Sikh visitors to the Golden Temple simply tie on kerchiefs conveniently sold by vendors outside. And obviously Obama has no problem covering his head (or,bowing, for that matter) when he wants to. So what's going on here?

If you look at some history, there has been historic animosity between Muslims and Sikhs since the days of the Muslim jihad against India. The Sikhs fought successfully against the Muslim Mughal empire after the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur was executed by the Muslims after refusing to convert to Islam, and many Sikhs were killed during the violence surrounding the partition of India in 1947. The animosity continues to the present day.

It's obvious that for someone who either is a Muslim or who is extraordinarily concerned with appeasing Islam and Muslim sensibilities, a visit to the Golden Temple might be a problem.

I'm pretty sure that's why Obama is giving the Golden Temple a miss. Islam must be appeased at all costs, and insulting the Sikhs and the Indians comes second.

Remember when we were told how much Barack Obama was going to improve America's foreign relations?

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Rosey said...

Once again, this is an issue I never would have know about had I not stopped by your blog. Kudos to FF.

B.Poster said...

"Remember when we were told how much America was going to improve America's foreign relations." Yes I do!! In fact, I remember that vividly. That's precisely why I came closer than I care to admit to voting for Mr. Obama.

Poor foreign relations is America's primary non domestic problem right now. In fact, I think the poor foreign relations that America has are probably adversely affecting improtant domestic issues such as the economy. As such, improving America's foreign relations should be a top priority of the American government.

Unfortunately, the "right" does not seem to give this area the attention it needs. As for the "left", they use this very real problem as an issue with which to bash the "right" while making no productive efforts to deal with the problem.