Sikhism

Passport rejected for Sikh boy, 7

September 1, 2007

Author: DANIEL MASSEY

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ny-lisikh0901,0,6607451.story

Tejwinder Singh Rai was not surprised when children at Saw Mill Road Elementary School made fun of his son's flowing black hair and the white cloth that covers it, calling him a girl. After all, how would kindergartners know that the Sikh religion requires unshorn hair and a head covering?

So, on a September day two years ago,...

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Press Release: ACLU Files Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against Dallas Judge

August 31, 2007

Author: Press Release

Source: ACLU/SALDEF

http://sikh_american_legal_defense_and_education_fund_saldef.icontact.com/announcements/aclu_files_religious_discrimination_lawsuit_against_dallas_judge.html

Washington D.C. – August 31, 2007: The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas filed a lawsuit today in Dallas County District Court on behalf...

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Sikh Alleges Discrimination Over Headdress

August 30, 2007

Author: PAUL SISSON

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20433550/

Dave Bindra, 22, a Carlsbad resident who said he is a member of the Sikh faith, said Friday that he was barred from entering the Ocean House and the Coyote Bar and Grill on July 27 by bouncers who said he was violating a dress code. Bindra says the bouncers objected to his patka, a close-fitting head covering that is usually worn under traditional turbans favored by men of the Sikh faith....

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US Club owner Apologises to Sikh Man

August 30, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/_US_club_owner_apologises_to_Sikh_man/articleshow/2321591.cms

[Salt Lake City]: The owner of an upscale private club in Salt Lake City has apologised for turning away a Sikh man because his turban violated its no-hats policy.

Harpreet Singh Multani was denied entry to Club Habits in [Salt Lake City] and was told...

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A Celebration of Arts & Culture at the Smithsonian

August 29, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: India Post News Service

http://indiapost.com/article/communitypost/873/

LOS ANGELES: The arts, culture, community spirit, and pride were on display at a recent gathering in The Sikh Heritage Gallery at the National Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Institution (SI) in Washington, D.C. The occasion was the installation of three original drawings of famous Sikh historic shrines and pilgrimage centers in India: Sri Darbar Sahib...

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US Sikhs Angry Over Turban Plan

August 25, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6963314.stm

US Sikh organisations have expressed anger over changes allowing airport security staff to "pat down" turbans.

Until now turbans have been searched or removed only to resolve an unexplained alarm from an airport metal detector.

But now security will have greater discretion to inspect turbans so that they can be manually checked for objects such as non-metallic weapons.

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Concern Over Takeover of 18th Century Gurdwara in Lahore

August 23, 2007

Author: Special Correspondent

Source: The Hindu

http://www.hindu.com/2007/08/23/stories/2007082354820800.htm

JAIPUR: Rajasthan State Minorities’ Commission Chairman Jasbir Singh has expressed concern over reports that the 18th Century Bhai Taro Singh Jee Gurdwara at Naulakha Bazaar in Lahore has been taken over by a group of Muslims, and demanded that the Centre intervene immediately for restoration of the shrine to Sikhs in Pakistan....

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No Turban Ban for Sikh PSNI Officers

August 23, 2007

Author: Deborah McAleese

Source: Belfast Telegraph

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/article2886515.ece

Ethnic minorities in the PSNI will be allowed to wear a turban or other religious headwear on duty, provided it does not pose a safety risk, police have confirmed.

The PSNI verified its position on the use of religious or traditional headwear after a row erupted over a decision by An Garda Siochana...

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Sikh Girl in Catholic School Row

August 20, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tees/6955889.stm

The parents of a Teesside Sikh girl say they will convert her to Catholicism in order to get her into the best school in the area.

Maya Kaur, four, has attended a nursery at St Paul's RC School at Wolviston, near Billingham, for two years.

But her parents have been told there is no place for her at the school when she starts primary...

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Passport Canada Apologizes For Refusing Passports to Sikhs

August 18, 2007

Author: Kelly Sinoski

Source: The Vancouver Sun

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=943e8499-339c-4e68-ae57-dba57b0ec430

SURREY - Passport Canada will issue an apology -- and travel documents -- to three Sikh children whose passport applications were rejected because they were wearing religious headgear.

The federal agency will also offer remedial training...

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SALDEF to Train Entire Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department

August 17, 2007

Source: SALDEF

http://www.saldef.org/content.aspx?a=1747&z=5&title=SALDEF%20to%20Train%20Entire%20Washington%20D.C.%20Metropolitan%20Police%20Department

Washington D.C. – August 17, 2007: The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) recently formed a partnership with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) of Washington, DC, to train all 3,000 officers of their force...

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Sikh Member of the Reserve is Banned from Wearing Turban

August 13, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Independent.ie

http://www.independent.ie/national-news/sikh-member-of-the-reserve-is-banned-from-wearing-turban-1057548.html

A SIKH member of the Garda Reserve is banned from wearing his ceremonial headdress, the turban.

Integration Minister Conor Lenihan last night backed up the Garda Siochana ruling, saying immigrants to this country must accept our...

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