Sikhism

Immigration Reform Impacts Sikh Community

May 16, 2006

Source: Sikh Coalition

http://www.sikhcoalition.org/advisories/immigration051606.htm

On May 16, 2006 the Sikh Coalition reported, "Millions of immigrant rights supporters have taken to the streets over the past months calling for immigration reform. The proposed changes in immigration law will have a long lasting impact on tens of thousands of Sikhs and their families living in the United States... Terwinder Kaur, a mother of two American-born children, was...

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Malaysia's Multi-Faith Credentials Called into Question

May 16, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4965580.stm

On May 16, 2006 BBC News reported, "Malaysia is considering its multi-cultural credentials after a crowd of Muslims on Sunday broke up a meeting called to defend the rights of religious minorities.

The country's leaders condemned the disturbances, but the BBC's Jonathan Kent in Kuala Lumpur says non-Muslims feel increasingly beleaguered.

'I'm becoming an alien in...

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Young Sikh Woman Serves U.S. National Guard in Kabul

May 16, 2006

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1531929.cms

On May 16, 2006 The Times of India reported, "She donned an M-16 rifle on her shoulders when she was 17. At 20, she is patrolling the streets of Kabul. Meet Indian-born Ranbir Kaur of US National Guards who first hit headlines in 2003 after becoming the first Sikh girl to join the US armed forces that consists of over 2,00,000 women soldiers. Presently on active duty in...

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Young Sikh Man Joins U.S. Army

May 15, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/14/AR2006051401067.html

On May 15, 2006 The Washington Post reported, "On the eve of his departure, before the road trip to the rest of his life, the young Army officer strode to the center of the main dining room Saturday night at the Army and Navy Club in Washington to cut the sheet cake his mother made for his farewell party. The room of about...

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Survey Will Quantify Issues Facing Sikh Women in the U.S.

May 15, 2006

Source: Sikh News Network

http://www.sikhnn.com/print.php?sid=491

On May 15, 2006 the Sikh News Network reported, "A student and young professional organization is attempting to collect quantitative data on Sikh women in the United States. The results of this survey would show for the first time the degree of impact of women’s issues affecting the U.S. Sikh community. Jakara is an organization of college students and young professionals from the San Francisco Bay area that...

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New Jersey Governor Addresses Civil Rights in the Sikh Community

May 14, 2006

Source: The Panthic Weekly/Khalsa Press

http://www.panthic.org/news/123/ARTICLE/2464/2006-05-14.html

On May 14, 2006 The Panthic Weekly/Khalsa Press reported, "New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine joined Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts and Assemblyman Upendra J. Chivukula in calling for safeguards for the Sikh community’s civil rights during Vaisakhi celebrations on April 25, 2006. The event, organized by Assemblyman Chivukula, was held in the New Jersey...

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Security Guard Loses Job for Defending Sikh Man

May 13, 2006

Source: Newsday.com

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-lisikh134740244may13,0,1747697.story?coll=ny-linews-headlines

On May 13, 2006 Newsday.com reported, "Indian immigrant Jaspal Arora, a religious Sikh, wears a turban everywhere he goes, including to morning workouts at the Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center in Plainview.

On Thursday, his turban apparently sparked suspicion by one...

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Update: Modesto World Religious Course Deemed a Success

May 12, 2006

Source: The Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/local/story/12172941p-12917826c.html

On May 12, 2006 The Modesto Bee reported, "Since 2000, all ninth-graders [at Modesto City Schools] have been required to take a nine-week World Religions course on Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. 'We teach the geography, history and give a description of each religion,' said Yvonne Taylor, a Johansen High School teacher. 'We provide a...

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New Mexico State Highway Named After Yogi Bhajan

May 12, 2006

Source: Rediff

http://in.rediff.com/news/2006/may/12yogi.htm

On May 12, 2006 Rediff reported, "The New Mexico State Transportation Commission replaced the NM State Highway 106 name with the new 'Yogi Bhajan Memorial Highway' sign on April 28. Prior to that, the sign was unveiled at a ceremony at the headquarters of the Sikh Dharma International of Western Hemisphere at Espanola. NM Governor Bill Richardson and Espanola Mayor Joseph Maestas were among those who addressed the...

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Study Finds that Teaching World Religions Increases Respect for Constitutional Freedoms

May 8, 2006

Source: Associated Baptist Press

http://www.abpnews.com/1010.article.print

On May 8, 2006 Associated Baptist Press reported, "A new study suggests mandatory teaching about world religions in public schools can increase teenagers' respect for religious freedom and other constitutional rights. The research, released May 8 by a Virginia-based think tank, studied 400 ninth graders who took the course in the Modesto, Calif., public schools. The district has offered the class since...

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Sikh Woman Pelted with Duct Tape in Bakersfield Park

May 8, 2006

Source: SikhNet News

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/RecentNewsHTML/0BFE0D8EA8BD1292872571690065A446!OpenDocument

On May 8, 2006 SikhNet News reported, "It's hard to beat a morning walk. The cool air, the freshness of spring and the topper, getting pelted in the back by half a roll of duct tape.

Hate crime or the idiot factor? You decide.

Parmjit Kaur Pannu was taking her daily walk in her...

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Parisian Sikhs Fundraising to Open Khalsa College

May 8, 2006

Source: SikhNet/The Tribune

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/EE656F70AEFEA862872571680063AD76

On May 8, 2006 The Tribune reported, "With the French government refusing to allow Sikh students to wear turbans in government-run schools, a group of Sikhs settled in the country are on a missionary visit to India to raise funds for setting up International Khalsa College for such students near Paris. The General Secretary,...

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British Sikhs Fear Discrimination as Metal Detectors are Introduced at Train Stations

May 8, 2006

Source: SikhNet/UNITED SIKHS

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/DB3E0D71D73DB9AE872571680063F719

On May 8, 2006 UNITED SIKHS reported, "The British Police have been asked for a public assurance that [k]irpan-wearing Sikhs will not be discriminated against as knife detectors are introduced at train stations. UNITED SIKHS highlighted their concern last week in letters to the Metropolitan Police, the British Transport...

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Op/Ed: "Where the Youth Are?" by Martin Marty

May 8, 2006

Source: The Martin Marty Center

http://marty-center.uchicago.edu/sightings/archive_2006/0508.shtml

On May 8, 2006 Martin Marty of The Martin Marty Center wrote, "Numbers of excuses are given for the absence of the younger generations in interfaith causes. First, you have to care about faith to 'do' interfaith, and many don't care. Second, the framing of issues was done some time ago by people who are now old; that framing doesn't match what the young are...

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