Sikhism

British Medical Association Backs Use of Sterile Hijabs and Turbans by Doctors in Surgery

June 30, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/medicine/story/0,11381,1517680,00.html

On June 30, 2005 The Guardian reported, "Hospitals should provide a new range of sterile headwear to allow doctors to observe religious traditions without risking the spread of MRSA and other infections, the BMA decided yesterday. They should include 'theatre hijabs' made from material that could be easily sterilised, allowing Muslim women doctors to cover their faces...

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Study Launched on Improving Care for Muslim and Sikh Terminal Patients

June 27, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4627509.stm

On June 27, 2005 BBC News reported, "A study has been launched to improve the care of terminally ill Sikh and Muslim patients. With funding from the Chief Scientist Office, Professor Aziz Sheikh of Edinburgh University will ask patients and carers about end of life needs. He says palliative care services are focused on the elderly dying from cancer - yet migrants to Britain often die younger and from other...

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Indo-Canadians Struggle to Understand, Respond to, Honor Killings

June 26, 2005

Source: Macleans/CP

http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/news/shownews.jsp?content=n062604A

On June 26, 2005 the Canadian Press reported, "Indo-Canadian community activists say it's time that families like the Atwals [where the father murdered his daughter because she was secretly dating a Caucasian man] who are caught in a cultural crossfire with their Canadian-born children realize they should seek help.

And they believe social agencies need...

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Update: Protecting "People Not Faiths," Religious Hatred Bill Moves Forward

June 22, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/4114582.stm

On June 22, 2005 BBC News reported, "The government has survived a backbench revolt over its plans for a new law to ban the incitement to religious hatred. An amendment from a coalition of Tory and Lib Dem MPs to block the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill failed by 303 votes to 246, giving a majority of 57.

Critics, including comic actor Rowan Atkinson, say the measure will limit...

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Religious Hate Bill Faces Late Rebellion

June 21, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/homeaffairs/story/0,11026,1511254,00.html

On June 21, 2005 The Guardian reported, "The government faces a backbench rebellion tonight on one of its flagship manifesto pledges, when MPs vote on whether to create a new offence of 'inciting religious hatred.' Twenty-five Labour MPs rebelled when the measure was last put before parliament. Now, with Labour's majority reduced to 68 at the election, and...

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Delegation of Sikhs Meet with White House's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

June 20, 2005

Source: Sikh Council on Religion and Education

http://www.sikhcouncilusa.org/article.aspx?article=evtwhitehouse1

On June 20, 2005 the Sikh Council on Religion and Education reported, "20 Sikhs from all across America met with Senior officials at the White House to explore the possibility of receiving federal funding to support programs run by various Sikh organizations. The Sikh group led by Dr. Rajwant Singh, Chairman of Sikh Council on Religion and...

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Editorial: Convocation on Hunger Illustrated Positive Impact of Religion on Politics

June 17, 2005

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0617/p08s01-comv.html?s=hns

On June 17, 2005 The Christian Science Monitor ran an editorial that commented on the interfaith "convocation on hunger" held in Washington, D.C. The Monitor writes, "Even a corner-of-the-eye glance at US politics this past year and the conclusion is obvious: Religion has played a polarizing role... To counter this trend, more than 40 US denominations took part in a...

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"Cold War" Among Religious Groups Said to be Ending As Groups Try to Find Common Ground

June 15, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/14/AR2005061401531.html

On June 15, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "After a year in which religion played a polarizing role in U.S. politics, many religious leaders are eager to demonstrate that faith can be a uniter, not just a divider. The buzzwords today in pulpits and seminaries are crossover, convergence, common cause and shared values....

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Update: Sikh Who Fabricated Hate Crime Will Not Be Charged

June 15, 2005

Source: The Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20050609/BCTEEN09/TPSports/Other

On June 15, 2005 The Globe and Mail reported, "The 17-year-old Sikh who fabricated a story that he was attacked by five Caucasian men won't be charged, a spokesman for the Richmond RCMP said yesterday. Instead, the young man will meet with his parents, the RCMP and Sikh community members to talk about the...

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Sikhs Among Those Concerned About New Political Asylum Law

June 15, 2005

Source: East Bay Express

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/issues/2005-06-15/news/feature.html

On June 15, 2005 the East Bay Express reported, "Last month, President Bush signed into law the Real ID Act of 2005, which makes it tougher for torture victims to gain asylum in the United States. Republicans have championed the law as a new weapon in the war on terror, but immigration lawyers and human-rights groups view it as a misguided assault on the United...

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Punjabi-American Festival in Yuba City Gathers Large Crowd

June 13, 2005

Source: Sikh News Network

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/3A7ED86CAD8BC7028725701F006CFDCF!OpenDocument

On June 13, 2005 the Sikh News Network reported, "The 11th annual festival organized by Punjabi American Heritage Society (Nonprofit) Yuba City on May 29, 2005 successfully concluded at the Yuba Sutter fairgrounds. An enormous turnout of spectators of all ages and ethnic backgrounds made it clear that...

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Update: French Turban Issue Raised by Interfaith Leader at Religions for Peace Gathering

June 12, 2005

Source: The Panthic Weekly

http://www.panthic.org/news/124/ARTICLE/1410/2005-06-12.html?sid=1f24d613618b35a29ab48d7a4506b1f7

On June 12, 2005 The Panthic Weekly reported, "According to a press release by the United Sikhs, a delegation of French Sikhs led by Jesbeer Kaur, a multifaith director of the organisation, raised the profile of the Turban issue at an international UNESCO conference on Religions for Peace on June 1,...

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British Hindus Urged to Protest, Boycott France Over Shoes with Image of Lord Rama

June 9, 2005

Source: The Hindu

Wire Service: PTI

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200506091010.htm

On June 9, 2005 the Press Trust of India reported, "Indignant at a French manufacturer's refusal to remove a deity from its designer shoes Hindu organisations in the UK, asked all devotees worldwide on Wednesday to boycott all French-made goods and participate en-masse in a protest rally outside the French embassy here on June 12. The move...

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Religious Hatred Bill Reintroduced

June 9, 2005

Source: 4NI

http://www.4ni.co.uk/nationalnews.asp?id=41389

On June 9, 2005 4NI reported, "The government has published a bill aimed at protecting individuals from religious hatred. The Racial and Religious Hatred Bill, which is being reintroduced to Parliament today, would protect members of all faiths from incited hatred. The Bill would create a new offence of Incitement to Religious Hatred, which would carry a maximum penalty of seven years in jail. The government says...

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