Sikhism

Sikhs Lobby Against French Ban of Religious Symbols

January 19, 2004

Source: Sikhnet

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

On January 19, 2004 Sikhnet reported, "On Monday, January 19th, the Sikh Coalition and over eighty Sikh organizations issued a letter to French President Chirac stating concerns about the French government's possible ban on religious articles of faith in public schools. The letter outlines the necessity of the turban for a Sikh and calls on Chirac to withdraw his endorsement of proposed ban. This letter is the first step in a three-point...

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San Francisco Rally Against French Ban

January 18, 2004

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/7739835.htm

On January 18, 2004 The Mercury News reported, "About 250 Muslims, Christians and Sikhs marched on the streets of San Francisco on Saturday to protest a proposed ban of religious symbols in French public schools, including the hijab, the Muslim head scarf that many of the protesting women wore. The Bay Area protest, which started in front of City Hall and culminated...

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Sikh Community Rallies Against Ban of Religious Symbols

January 17, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3403775.stm

On January 17, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Hectic preparations are being made every day at the Gurdwara for chalking out a battle plan. Everyday, after school, students gather at the gurdwara to make banners for street demonstrations. One banner reads: 'Notre foi est non negotiable' (Our faith is non-negotiable). Another says 'Turban, Voile, Kippa ou Croix, laissez nous le choix' ('Turban, Scarf, Kippa or Cross,...

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Kathuria Speaks Out Against French Ban on Religious Symbols

January 16, 2004

Source: Sikhnet

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

On January 16, 2004 the Sikhnet reported, "On Friday, January 16th, U.S. Senate hopeful Dr. Chirinjeev Singh Kathuria issued a strongly-worded statement outlining his position on proposed legislation in France that would make it illegal to wear obvious religious signs in schools.

Dr. Kathuria, a turbaned and bearded Sikh currently running in the Illinois Senate Republican primary, said in his...

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White House to Host Gurpurb Celebration

January 12, 2004

Source: The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2004/20040113/punjab1.htm#10

On January 12, 2004 The Tribune reported that the White House will organize a special function to mark the 400th birth anniversary of Guru Granth Sahib this year. Dr Rajwant Singh, founder president, Sikh Council On Religion and Education (SCORE), announced the event. This will be for the first time that White House would be organizing such a function.

Sikh Soldier Killed in Iraq Granted U.S. Citizenship Posthumously

January 9, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A2061-2004Jan8.html

On January 9, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "From the first time he traveled to the United States as a teenager from his home in Chandigarh, India, Uday Singh knew he wanted to become an American citizen. The 21-year-old Army sergeant received his citizenship papers yesterday at Arlington National Cemetery. The framed certificate was awarded posthumously,...

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Sikhs Ask for Exemption from Ban on Religious Symbols

January 9, 2004

Source: Yahoo! News

http://in.news.yahoo.com/040109/137/2atgc.html

On January 9, 2004 Yahoo! News posted a Reuters article that reported, "France's Sikhs, recalling their ancestors died for this country with their turbans on, urged President Jacques Chirac on Friday to exempt them from a planned law banning religious symbols from public schools. Chain Singh, spokesman for the community, wrote to Chirac that Sikhs in Britain, Canada and the United States had been...

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Sikhs Planning to Build Village in Arizona

January 9, 2004

Source: Sify

http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=13355872

On January 9, 2004 Sify reported, "Imagine a Sikh village coming up in the US. Sounds a bit unusual, but around 1000 Sikh families are trying to build a village and gurdwara in Coronado historic district. The village concept is not a new one. Sikh villages near gurdwaras are located throughout the world, wherever a sizable community exists, according to Sikhnet, an online Sikh community. 'The idea is to try and...

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Indian Teen With HIV Receives Help from Indo-American Community

January 9, 2004

Source: The Argus

http://www.theargusonline.com/Stories/0,1413,83~1968~1880156,00.html

On January 9, 2004 The Argus reported on an Indian teenager with HIV receiving help from the Indo-American community: "In 2000, the doctors confirmed that her daughter, Mitra, has HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. She contracted it 12 years earlier during a blood transfusion 20 days after her birth. Mitra Irani, now 15, is fighting for her life. She and her parents are...

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Sikh Outcry Against Religious Symbols Ban Surprises Government Officials

January 7, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/12/international/europe/12FRAN.html

On January 7, 2004 The New York Times reported on the French Sikh community's request of an exemption for their turbans from to the preposed ban of religious symbols in public schools: "The Sikhs' outcry so late in the game has stunned and dismayed French officials and experts involved in the commission. 'Why didn't the Sikhs come forward, why didn't they protest...

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United Sikhs Launch Campaign Against Proposed French Ban of Religious Symbols

January 6, 2004

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/406775.cms

On January 6, 2004 The Times of India reported, "United Sikhs, a Sikh organisation has launched a global signature campaign for people of all faiths to appeal French President Jacques Chirac to reconsider his call for legislation to ban wearing articles of faith, religion and ethnic identity in public schools and regulate their wearing at workplace...The signed petitions would be...

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Sikhs Request Exemption from Proposed Ban of Religious Symbols

January 3, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50831-2004Jan2.html

On January 3, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "France's tiny Sikh community is seeking help from India's Hindu prime minister to have Sikhs' traditional turbans exempted from a planned French law to ban Muslim head scarves and other religious symbols from schools. Chain Singh, spokesman for about 5,000 Sikhs, said he was contacting Prime Minister Atal Bihari...

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French Sikhs Request Help from Indian Prime Minister in Opposing Ban of Religious Symbols

January 2, 2004

Source: The Telegraph-Calcutta

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1040103/asp/nation/story_2746423.asp

On January 2, 2004 The Telegraph-Calcutta ran a Reuters article that reported, "France’s tiny Sikh community is seeking help from Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to have their turbans exempted from a planned French law to ban Muslim headscarves and other religious symbols from schools. Chain Singh, spokesman for about 5,000 Sikhs here, said...

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