What happens when you wear your religion on your sleeve – or your forehead? Culture and religion often go hand-in-hand, and for many people around the world, faith is displayed on the head or body at all times. But these visual markers rarely appear in American film and television.

In this article, a television host opens up about bearing a religious mark and what he learned from viewers’ responses. His experience leads us to consider the power of displaying difference in an era of growing tensions around religion and migration.