A couple of weeks ago, a Columbia University professor was brutally attacked and beaten on an Upper Manhattan street by a mob of 25-30 men. The professor is a practicing Sikh who was mistaken for a Muslim because of his beard and turban. It’s not the first case of such a mistaken identity, and, obviously, religious bias-driven hate crimes are equally heinous regardless of which group is targeted. A new hopeful initiative to challenge the root causes of this kind of violence was recently launched at Stanford University in cooperation with the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education fund. The  Peace Innovation Lab’s co-director Margarita Quihuis is on State of Belief this week to shed light on this high-tech initiative to end religious bias-based violence.

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