One of the things that has happened in the wake of a shooting spree at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin is that some pretty prominent people have displayed rank ignorance of the most basic distinctions between different religions. Fox News host Gregg Jarrett, for example, seems to think that it was a Jewish temple that was attacked, asking one of the members if there had been any previous acts of “anti-Semitism” at the temple.
But he’s not alone. Gen. Mike Gould, superintendent of the Air Force Academy, was equally clueless. During a briefing at the Academy following the incident, he said it had taken place at a “Sikh mosque.” And when my friend Mikey Weinstein contacted the AFA’s public affairs office to correct that mistake to Gould didn’t repeat it, an officer in that department said, “They’re Hindus, right?” Fail.