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Monday, October 23, 2006

Shout out to Brandon on the Peace Bridge

Hey gang, I received an email a while back from Brandon on the Peace Bridge after he viewed The Sikh on the Street. I've been meaning to post his thoughts since he sincerely shares his viewpoints and some needed action by society.

Check out his thoughts. Thanks for hitting us up Brandon.

"I just wanted to give my support for what you are doing. I started researching Sikhism on my spare time between school and work. I am a firm believer in tolerance and understanding. I could answer almost all of the questions you asked in your street interviews with the exception of the one regarding Dr. Bhagat.

It troubles me; I work at the Peace Bridge crossing into Canada. We get a lot of Sikh drivers who come into clear their shipments. They are who inspired me into my research. I like to know the people I deal with on a daily basis. My fellow co-workers however, remind me of some the folks you interviewed.

A lot of them associate Sikhs with Islam, or think Sikhism is an Islamic sect. I wish people would just open a book and read. It's funny when I try to discuss the concept of a turban as a traditional head dress. When I tell people there are Christians who where turbans, they look at me funny. After all, Catholic Nuns where garb stemming from the same influences by which traditional Muslim, Jewish, and Sikh women wear.

I think the sole problem with people, not only in America, but around the world, is that we don't understand the amazing commonalities we share.

The differences are minor. We need to get past them!"


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