Obama To Avoid Golden Temple In India Because Photo Op Will Feed View That He’s Muslim
Jake Tapper and Russell Goldman report that President Obama will avoid a visit to the Golden Temple in India on an upcoming trip because the headgear he would need to wear could make him appear Muslim.
The New York Times, citing an unnamed American official involved in the trip’s planning, reports that the president will not stop at the Golden Temple, a Sikh holy site and one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions, because visitors typically wear headscarves, turbans or Muslim caps.
Obama was to visit the sprawling golden complex in Amritsar, “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,” wrote the Times.
“To come to golden temple he needs to cover his head,” Dalmegh Singh, secretary of the committee that runs the temple told the paper. “That is our tradition. It is their problem to cover the head with a Christian hat or a Muslim cap.”
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