Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett on Sunday asked the nephew of a victim of the Sikh temple shooting whether there had been any “anti-Semitic acts” against the Sikh community.
“Had there been to your knowledge any prior acts of violence against members of the temple, any anti-Semitic acts against the parishioner?” he asked Manjeet Mangat.
“No, there has never been anything like that,” he replied. “It is a peaceful place, people go there to pray. Out of all the places, the temple is supposed to be the most sacred place.”
But Jarrett wasn’t the only anchor to be caught in confusion over the attack in Wisconsin on a religious minority. CNN’s Don Lemon received criticism for wondering if the shooter “had beef with the Sikhs.”
There are about 250,000 to 300,000 Sikhs living in the United States. The Sikh religion was founded around 1500 A.D. in India and is an offshoot of Hinduism. However, unlike Hindus, Sikhs are monotheists.
Sikhs are often mistaken for Muslims because of their traditional beards and turbans, and have been the victim of hate crimes targeting Muslims after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
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