Your typical bigot, by definition, is stupid.
Which is why, for example, that some bigoted dimwits foolishly think of Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs as pretty much the same.
And now there’s SPECULATION that Wade Michael Page, the man who went on a shooting spree yesterday at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, might have thought of his targets as Muslims:
Should law enforcement confirm Page’s ties to white supremacy, and if that proves to be the motive of the attack, it will fit with a growing trend in this country. Hate groups — groups that expressly advocate against a religion, race, or sexual orientation — have been on the rise in the United States, rising steadily since 2000.
And the targeting of Sikhs is not new either. Often, the hate crimes against Sikhs originate out of misdirected Islamophobia: Sikh men can most easily be identified by their long beards and turbans, which they wear according to religious doctrine. Assailants will mistake these men for Muslims. According to a report by Reuters, Sikh groups have seen huge spikes in hate crimes since September 11th, 2001, right at the same time when anti-Muslim sentiment in the country began to grow rapidly.