Sikhism

Fremont Sikh Temple Election Controversy Ends

January 16, 2005

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/10659258.htm

On January 16, 2005 the Contra Costa Times reported, "five Sikh men have been elected temple leaders of the Fremont Gurdwara Sahib -- or Sikh temple -- after a three-year legal battle. The new members of the Supreme Council cried tears of joy Thursday before stepping out of their shoes, as is proper in Sikh tradition, to pray in the hallway thanking God. The results were...

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Sikh Chefs Travel from Punjab to Tamil Nadu to Serve Needy in Wake of Tsunami

January 14, 2005

Source: The Times of India

http://www1.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-990231,curpg-1.cms

On January 14, 2005 The Times of India reported, "The Sikh community dispatched 110 chefs from Punjab to the tsunami-battered southern coast only to be told that the survivors would not eat what they cook. In Tamil Nadu, where the tsunami killed some 8,000 people, villagers live on a staple diet of rice and, if they are lucky, fish. Unlike...

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Sikh Parliamentarians Take Stance Against Gay Marriage

January 13, 2005

Source: The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20050114/punjab1.htm#8

On January 13, 2005 The Tribune reported, "The SGPC is against same-sex marriage, which has become a hot issue in countries like Canada, where Sikhs are settled in a big number.

Taking a clear and firm stand on the issue, Mr Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, general secretary, SGPC, said today that such marriages were against the Gurmat and Sikh code of conduct. “Because of this reason,...

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Update: Sikh Playwright Breaks Silence, Defends Herself

January 13, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4170297.stm

On January 13, 2005 the BBC News reported, "A British writer forced into hiding after violent protests by Sikhs led to the cancellation of her play has broken her silence and defended her work.

Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti has received death threats over her play Behzti, depicting rape and murder in a Sikh temple.

Ms Bhatti said parts of the show had been taken out of context, and...

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Some Rejecting "Asian" Label in Favor of Religious Identity

January 11, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1387449,00.html

On January 11, 2005 The Guardian ran a commentary by Sarfraz Manzoor on the rejection of the term "Asian" as a colonial term. He writes, "[T]he very word 'Asian' was also cooked up in this country. It went largely unnoticed at the time but, as I discovered while making a radio documentary, there has been a sharp rise in the number of Asians who are rejecting the label in...

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NY Church Holds Interfaith Service for World Peace

January 10, 2005

Source: The Journal News

http://www.thejournalnews.com/newsroom/011005/b05w10dedication.html

On January 10, 2005 The Journal News reported, "Religious leaders assembled yesterday to proclaim world peace and foster an understanding of people's differences and common bonds. Nine colorful batik banners with symbols representing the world's major religions and cultures were unveiled during a morning service at Memorial United Methodist Church. The flags...

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Sikh Subway Worker at Center of Turban Controversy Hospitalized After Fall

January 6, 2005

Source: Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/transportation/nyc-turb0107,0,4334918.story?coll=nyc-homepage-breaking2

On January 6, 2005 Newsday reported, "a Sikh subway operator forced to wear an MTA patch on his turban said he was hospitalized Thursday after he fell during an argument with a supervisor over the uniform requirement. Kevin Harrington, a No. 4 train operator who believes the patch humiliates...

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Kansas City Faithful Ring in the New Year with Interfaith Service, Tsunami Fundraiser

January 5, 2005

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/living/10563889.htm

On January 5, 2005 The Kansas City Star reported that on, "Dec. 31, nearly 300 folks gathered at the Rime Buddhist Center for the 19th annual 'World Peace Meditation.' This year the program included the Muslim call to prayer, American Indian smudging, a Buddhist chant, a Sikh prayer, sacred Hindu music, a Christian hymn and a Sufi dance. In the keynote address, the Rev....

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Update: Sikh in Conflict with Metropolitan Transit Authority Over Turban Patch

January 5, 2005

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/local/story/268327p-229828c.html

On January 5, 2005 the New York Daily News reported, "a Sikh subway motorman's turban tussle with the Transit Authority is coming to a head today. TA officials have told Kevin Harrington, 53, to pin an MTA patch to his turban or face reassignment to duty out of the public eye for what's deemed a dress code violation. With time running out, Harrington, a motorman for...

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Over 600 Sikhs Visit Pakistan in Religious Pilgrimmage, Signals Recent Peace Between Countries

January 3, 2005

Source: Dawn

http://www.dawn.com/2005/01/04/nat16.htm

On January 3, 2005 Dawn reported, "Over 600 Sikhs left for India on Monday after performing religious rituals at different gurdwaras in the province. They arrived [in Pakistan] on Dec 27 in connection with the 300th death anniversary of Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh, sons of Guru Gobind Singh, 10th guru of Sikhs...Talking to reporters, Priest Prof Darshan Singh welcomed the recent peace process between two countries. He...

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Violent Protests of Play Came After Failed Attempt to Work with Sikh Leaders, Actor Says

December 29, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/news/story/0,11711,1380381,00.html

On December 29, 2004 The Guardian reported, "The violent protests that led to the closure of the controversial play Behzti were the result of a failed attempt to work with Sikh community leaders, a leading actor in the play has said.

Yasmin Wilde, who played Min, the victim in a rape scene which sparked particular criticism, said the play had been closed...

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Sikh Temple Hosts Camp in Turlock, CA

December 29, 2004

Source: Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/local/story/9677556p-10561450c.html

On December 29, 2004 Modesto Bee reported, "nearly 100 people from kindergarten to college age turned out Tuesday for the first day of Sikh Camp at the Sikh Temple on Fifth Street in Turlock. The camp, offering information on the Sikh religion and history, is scheduled to conclude today, after running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The camp is free and open to the public, regardless of age, race...

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Sikhs, Christians Protest Play About Rape and Murder in Sikh Temple

December 29, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/158/story_15869_1.html

On December 29, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "The violent clash of views sparked by a dark comedy depicting rape and murder in a Sikh temple shows that art and religion still often fail to understand each other.

Some British Sikhs feel 'Behzti,' or Dishonor, is offensive to their religion - an opinion shared by a Roman Catholic...

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Sikh Security Firm Earns Bid in AZ

December 27, 2004

Source: Arizona Daily Star

http://www.dailystar.com/dailystar/dailystar/54255.php

On December 27, 2004 the Arizona Daily Star reported, "in the frantic days following Sept. 11, a Sikh gas station owner in Mesa was gunned down in a misguided attempt at revenge for the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. Balbir Singh Sodhi was targeted because his long beard and turban resembled pictures of Middle Eastern terrorists flashing across TV screens. It was one of...

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