Muslims, Sikhs, and Law Enforcement Officials Build Bridges in Utah

May 13, 2004

Source: The Deseret News Publishing Company,1249,595062821,00.html

On May 13, 2004 The Deseret News Publishing Company reported, " J.B. Singh's pet peeve is being associated with Osama bin Laden because of his beard and turban. Apart from the fact he's not a terrorist, Singh is also a Sikh, not a Muslim. Muslim Suzanne Montgomery says she's sometimes treated like she's unintelligent, just because she chooses to dress in traditional modest clothing, covering every body part except her face and hands. Singh and Montgomery were on hand Wednesday in a discussion aimed at raising cultural awareness among law enforcement and improving their understanding of Muslim, Sikh and Arab communities. Terrorists, anti-American, angry and oppressive to women were a few stereotypes discussed at the session sponsored by the U.S. Attorney's Office, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Utah Office of Asian Affairs and the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake. 'We tend, I think, to lump people together when we don't understand,' said Paul M. Warner of the U.S. Attorney's Office. 'We in law enforcement need to work together to build bridges in the community.'"