Sikhism

Fresno Leaders Rally to Support Vandalized Gurdwara

March 17, 2004

Source: The Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/local/story/8290450p-9132722c.html

On March 17, 2004 The Fresno Bee reported, "Political, civic and religious leaders assured Fresno-area Sikhs at a Tuesday rally that hate crimes such as last weekend's defacing of a Fresno temple have no place in a diverse society. Contrary to graffiti scrawled at the Gurdwara Sahib temple on East Dakota Avenue warning Sikhs to go home, that it's not their country, Lt. Gov. Cruz...

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Sikh Community Reflects on Fabricated Story of Attack

March 16, 2004

Source: The Star-Ledger

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-5/1079421052175220.xml

On March 16, 2004 The Star-Ledger reported, "Like most teenagers, Simrandeep Singh and his friend wanted to 'fit in.' But at Lodi High School, the turbans covering their long dark hair made them stand out. The young Sikhs cut their hair, an act forbidden by their religion, and then concocted a story they were sure would convince their...

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Hate Graffiti on Fresno Gurdwara

March 15, 2004

Source: The Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/local/story/8281795p-9124362c.html

On March 15, 2004 The Fresno Bee reported, "Vandals spray-painted racist graffiti on the Gurdwara Sahib temple in Fresno over the weekend.

Evidence of the crime remained Sunday as Sikhs gathered for services.

Two large blue scrawls in front of the Sikh Association of Fresno temple warned: 'Rags Go Home' and 'It's Not Your Country.'

Another message...

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BJP Seeks Support from Sikhs Outside India

March 14, 2004

Source: The Times of India

http://www1.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/559316.cms

On March 14, 2004 The Times of India reported, "The Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP] is trying to win over Sikhs living abroad, including Khalistan sympathisers and even those who have been blacklisted. Encouraged over the outcome and a favourable response following a meeting held recently between Khalistan ideologues and Rulda Singh, general secretary of the party’s...

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Sikh Candidate Struggles to Garner Votes

March 14, 2004

Source: The Indian Press

http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=42962

On March 14, 2004 The Indian Press reported, "He was always a long-shot candidate, but if the polls are any guide, Sikh millionaire Chirinjeev Kathuria’s groundbreaking run for the US Senate could come to an abrupt halt next week. A political novice with deep pockets and a compelling biography, the 39-year-old son of Indian immigrants has garnered global media coverage...

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Update: Sikh Teens Fabricated Story of Attack

March 11, 2004

Source: New York Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/nyc-njsikh0311,0,1902745.story?coll=nyc-regionhome-headlines

On March 11, 2004 New York Newsday reported, "Two Sikh teenagers who told police they were attacked by five men who yanked off their turbans and cut off their hair apparently fabricated the story, police said. Lodi Police Chief Vincent J. Caruso said Wednesday that the pair — 18-year-old Simrandeep Singh...

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Editorial: Kirpan Should be Allowed in Schools; Compromises Must be Made in Name of Religious Freedom

March 10, 2004

Source: Montreal Gazette

http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/editorials/story.asp?id=FC7FDEC0-0880-40A3-A6E5-9B9EC2D58A6F

On March 10, 2004 the Montreal Gazette ran an editorial about the recent ruling in which a Quebec court banned kirpans (the ceremonial Sikh daggers) from public schools. The editorial board wrote in defense of Sikhs' right to carry the kirpan, arguing, "If the Sikh ceremonial dagger...

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Editorial: "Speculative Danger" Not Grounds for Denial of Religious Freedom

March 9, 2004

Source: The Globe and Mail

http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20040309/EKIRPAN09/Comment/Idx

On March 9, 2004 The Globe and Mail ran an editorial on the recent Quebec court decision to ban kirpan, the Sikh ceremonial dagger, from public schools, arguing in favor of Sikh students' rights to wear kirpan. The editorial board wrote, "In saying that public safety takes precedence over religious freedom, Quebec's...

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Washington State Passes Resolution Honoring 400th Anniversary of Guru

March 9, 2004

Source: Sikhnet

http://www.sikhnet.com/s/WAStateResolution

On March 9, 2004 Sikhnet reported, "On Tuesday, March 9th, the Washington State Legislature passed a special resolution to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the installation of the Guru Granth Sahib. The Washington State Senate held a special session during which Democratic Senator Margarita Prentice from District 11 spoke about the Sikh community, their history and contributions to American life. The entire Senate...

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Sikh Family to Appeal Decision to Ban Kirpan from Schools

March 6, 2004

Source: The Montreal Gazette

http://www.canada.com/montreal/news/story.asp?id=0982D950-4755-432D-AAD0-CD2579C53002

On March 6, 2004 The Montreal Gazette reported, "Reversing a lower court decision Thursday, the Quebec Court of Appeal has outlawed the wearing of the kirpan, the Sikh ceremonial dagger, in schools. But the family of the boy at the centre of the controversy, 14-year-old Gurbaj Singh of LaSalle, isn't giving up. He and his...

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Bill to End Racial Profiling in Congress

March 5, 2004

Source: Sikhnet

http://www.sikhnet.com/s/ERPA2004

On March 5, 2004 Sikhnet reported, "On February 26th, the End Racial Profiling Act of 2004 (ERPA) was introduced in the US Congress. The legislation, launched with bipartisan support in the House (H.R. 3847) and the Senate (S. 2132), would curb profiling by law enforcement officials on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity or national origin... The practice of racial profiling occurs when law enforcement relies on race, ethnicity,...

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Sikh Teenagers Allege Attackers Cut Off Their Hair

March 5, 2004

Source: New York Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-nj--sikhsassaulted0305mar05,0,6798752.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

On March 5, 2004 New York Newsday reported that "two Sikh teenagers told police they were beaten and robbed by a group of men who yanked off their turbans and cut off their hair. The teens said they were at a bus stop Wednesday night when three men approached them and...

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Quebec Rules Against Sikh Student Wearing Kirpan in School

March 5, 2004

Source: CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2004/03/05/canada/kirpan040305

On March 5, 2004 the CBC News reported, "Security concerns are more important than a Sikh student's right to wear a ceremonial dagger to school, the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday. The ruling overturned a lower court judgment, which had affirmed the right of Gurbaj Singh Multani to wear his kirpan at l'Ecole Sainte-Catherine-Laboure. The Quebec government, the Marguerite-Bourgeoys...

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Interfaith Prayers Bring Healing to Boston's Logan Airport

March 4, 2004

Source: The Milford Daily News

http://www.milforddailynews.com/artsCulture/view.bg?articleid=42933

On March 4, 2004 The Milford Daily News reported, "Ellen Band has brought prayer into the noisy bustle of everyday life. Now, while travelers rush through Logan Airport, they hear sacred words and sounds from the world's great religions wafting through the elevated walkway to Terminal E. Band's intriguing audio installation rearranges and broadcasts a mix...

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