President Obama may be skipping a trip to a prominent Sikh holy site in India due to worries that wearing the appropriate headgear may reinforce incorrect rumors that he is in fact a Muslim, rather than a Christian.
The New York Times reported Tuesday that plans to visit one of India’s most famous attractions had been nixed after it became apparent that the president would be required to cover his head with either a traditional Sikh turban or a skull cap like some Muslims wear. Requests to wear an altered baseball cap were not initially approved.
“We have no problems if he wears a skull cap, the kind that Muslims wear to the mosque — or any other cap that is modified to something similar,” Giani Gurbachan Singh, head priest of the Golden Temple, told The Indian Express. “But we don’t allow baseball caps or Army hats.”