UK lawmakers complain over Jay Leno joke

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Associated Press

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 10:14 AM

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers say Prime Minister David Cameron should complain to the United States over a Jay Leno routine which joked about the holiest site in the Sikh religion.

In a motion published at Parliament on Thursday, two legislators said Leno had shown a complete misunderstanding of the Sikh faith.

Leno made a joke on Jan. 19 on the "Tonight Show" in the U.S., when he showed a photo of an impressive gold building and claimed it was Republican Mitt Romney's summer home.

The site was actually the Golden Temple, a revered Sikh site.

British opposition Labour Party lawmakers Virendra Shrama and John McDonnell proposed a motion demanding Cameron call on the U.S. to show more respect toward Sikhs.

The move does not compel Cameron to take any action.

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