I never realized just how many people in the general population lump Sikhi and Islam together... or even worse, mistake Sikhi AS Islam... as if it were the same thing and not a separate religion. I have posted on my Facebook for the last year or so, and everyone on there knows I have embraced the Sikh faith. I have on my Facebook list quite a few of the people I work with in the military, including from when I was on the submarine. I went back there yesterday to the submarine squadron for an appointment, and I was confronted by people exclaiming I was a Muslim... which kind of shocked me. I never thought I would be in this position to need to educate people about the difference. First of all, I am very PRO equality between women and men (one of the main reasons I became one of the first ever women to qualify on submarines in the first place, in an environment that was previously men only!). The guys KNOW I am pro equality!!! So how would they think I would embrace a religion that puts women in their place, as subordinate to men, and makes them cover themselves up and hide women from society?? So I had to explain yet again, that the two religions are from two different continents, are two different ethnicities, and opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to equality and ONEness. Even the concept of the creator are polar opposites (Muslims believe Allah is separate from creation, while we believe Waheguru is within creation and all of us). When I was asked about hijab etc I really didnt know how to react. I just explained the difference and something I found was that the similarities between the words 'Sikh' and 'Sheik' seem to at least in part wrongly link the two religions! They kept saying 'Sheik' which is a Muslim celric (I think)? Anyway I think things like World Religion Day need to work to explain the differences... and keep in mind I am not putting Islam down... but I just do not want to be associated with it for obvious reasons - it's not what I believe! In your opinion, how do you think we can educate people about the Sikh religion and what the beliefs are, and who are followers etc? In general I mean... so that the general public would know at least that it's not Islam? Because people in general public obviously know the difference between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam... even Hinduism and Buddhism are known in general. We need to get the word out about who Sikhs are!