Sikhism

World Sikh Council Meets With European Churches to Discuss Hate Crimes

July 21, 2005

Source: Interfaithnews.net

http://www.interfaithnews.net/wp/2005/09/01/wsc-ar-meets-with-conference-of-european-churches-to-discuss-hate-crimes/#more-73

On July 21, 2005 Interfaithnews.net reported, "The Secretary General of World Sikh Council - America Region (WSC-AR), Dr. Tarunjit Singh, met with the President of the Conference of European Churches, Rev. Jean-Arnold de Clermont, on July 11, 2005...

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Punjabi Moves from the Gurdwara to the Public School

July 18, 2005

Source: Sikh Sangat

http://www.sikhsangat.org/publish/article_180.shtml

On July 18, 2005 the Sikh Sangat reported, "James Logan High School, where more than 4,000 students come from 73 countries and speak more than 60 languages, will become even more diverse this fall when it begins offering Punjabi language classes. For years, the high school has offered classes in French, Spanish, Tagalog, German and sign language. Now it will be adding Punjabi, spoken in...

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Sikhs Hold Interfaith Symposium in Pakistan, First of Its Kind

July 17, 2005

Source: The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20050718/punjab1.htm#14

On July 17, 2005 The Tribune reported, "The first ever-inter-faith symposium will be held at Lahore’s famous Al-Hamhra Convention Centre from November 12 to 22 where scholars and leaders of all world religions will make presentations and lead discussions on the universal teachings of Guru Nanak Dev and its impact on the inter-faith understanding and harmony. Mr Harbans Lal, founding...

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Police Commissioner Visits London Gurdwara, Presented with Memo from Sikh Community

July 17, 2005

Source: The Panthic Weekly

http://www.panthic.org/news/124/ARTICLE/1570/2005-07-17.html?sid=7909137a0284e3c07708e37033b09034

On July 17, 2005 The Panthic Weekly reported, "Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair visited the Sikh community at Gurdwara Dasmesh Darbar, in east London Friday, July 15, 2005. Sir Ian Blair earlier urged Muslims to 'seize the moment' of the terror attacks on London to engage actively in...

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Stories of Sikhs Coming to America

July 16, 2005

Source: Sikh Sangat

http://www.sikhsangat.org/publish/article_178.shtml

On July 16, 2005 the Sikh Sangat reported, "[There are] 500,000 Sikh Americans who live in the United States... Since its founding [in northern India during the 15th century], Sikhism has grown to embrace more than 24 million followers and stands as the world's fifth largest religion. Sikhs have been in America since the early part of the last century and long before many of their American...

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London Vigil for Bombing Victims Includes Hindu Mantra for Protection

July 15, 2005

Source: Hindu Council UK Press Release

http://www.hinducounciluk.org/pr51.htm

On July 15, 2005 a Hindu Council UK press release reported, "Yesterday's vigil at Trafalgar Square in London, marked by a two-minute silence at noon in honour of those who died in the terrorist bomb attacks last week, continued in the evening with a vigil of poems, messages and prayers from celebrities, and political and faith leaders... The Rt. Hon. Tessa Jowell gave a speech with the key word, 'love'......

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State-Funded Sikh Secondary School Wants to be More Inclusive

July 15, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4686077.stm

On July 15, 2005 BBC News reported, "The UK's only state-funded Sikh secondary school wants to change its admission rules to keep a mixture of faiths among its pupils. The Guru Nanak Secondary School in Hillingdon, West London, would like to have a 15% quota of non-Sikh places.

It already has non-Sikhs but as it has become more popular, spaces for such pupils are becoming fewer.

Faith...

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Sikhs in British Columbia Debate Issue of Same-Sex Marriage

July 14, 2005

Source: CBC News

http://vancouver.cbc.ca/regional/servlet/View?filename=bc_same-sex-20050714&ref=rss

On July 14, 2005 CBC News reported, "At the same time as Bill C-38 – the law that would sanction same-sex marriage – is before the Senate, some Sikh temples in Surrey are circulating a petition against it... [T]he vice-president of the Guru Nanak Temple in Surrey [Sanhdu Samra]... says many people are telling him they don't...

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Indian PM's Address to Congress Presents Opportunity for Americans to Learn About Sikhism

July 13, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News/Sikh Awareness

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050713/daw007.html?.v=16

On July 13, 2005 a Sikh Awareness press release reported, "On July 19, 2005 the prime minister of India and a member of the Sikh faith, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will address the U.S. Congress, marking the first trip to the United States by an Indian prime minister since 9/11. As a Sikh, Dr. Singh will be wearing a dastar, or turban, an essential symbol of the Sikh faith worn by all Sikh...

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"Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath" Retraces Cross-Country Journey

July 13, 2005

Source: Sikhnet

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/DWF_Release_7_13_05.pdf

On July 13, 2005 a Sikhnet Press Release announced, "Final production begins today on Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath (anticipated release: early 2006), an independent film that follows a student’s journey documenting prejudice and hate crimes in the Sikh, Muslim, and Arab American communities during the aftermath of 9/11. The story centers on third-generation...

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Sikh Student Rejects School’s Kirpan Decision

July 13, 2005

Source: United Sikhs

http://www.unitedsikhs.org/PressReleases/COMVCE-02-07-2005-00.htm

On July 13, 2005 United Sikhs reported, "A 16 year old Sikh school girl has rejected her school's decision to allow her to wear her Kirpan only if it is welded shut to the sheath. Fortunately for her, she will not have to face the consequences of the school's ruling because she has been selected to complete her schooling at the University of North Texas, under a...

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Parliamentary Group for Sikhs Launched

July 12, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4675079.stm

On July 12, 2005 BBC News reported, "A group of UK parliamentarians have set up a new group to help represent British Sikhs. Peers and MPs hope the group will help improve government decisions about issues affecting the Sikh community. The All Party Parliamentary Group for UK Sikhs (APPG) will be chaired by Wolverhampton South West MP Rob Marris. 'The level of interest shown in the APPG from all...

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Sikh Hate Crime Victim Files Civil Suit Against Attackers

July 12, 2005

Source: Sikh Coalition

http://www.sikhcoalition.org/ca_rhill.asp

On July 12, 2005 the Sikh Coalition reported, "One year after a brutal beating by five men yelling ethnic and religious epithets, Rajinder Singh Khalsa announced that he is filing a civil suit against his attackers. The lawsuit marks the first time a Sikh hate crime victim has filed a civil suit against his attackers.

Mr. Khalsa was unable to work for months after the beating. He also accumulated...

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Update: Sikh Participation in Independence Day Parade Gathers Crowd

July 12, 2005

Source: Sikhnet

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/33BC1CE22689401D8725703C00685086!OpenDocument

On July 12, 2005 Sikhnet reported, "60 Sikh men, women and children performing Gatka - Sikh martial art performance- enthralled the spectators at the US Independence Day parade. Young Sikhs, mostly born and brought up in America, took the center stage in the national festivities marking America’s...

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