Sikhism

New President of Richmond Hill's Sikh Community

January 15, 2003

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/boroughs/story/51483p-48269c.html

On January 15, 2003 the New York Daily News reported that "though the East Coast's largest Sikh congregation has been without a temple since a devastating fire last year, its cultural society just installed a new president dedicated to expanding outreach to its Richmond Hill [NY] community... In December, Harpreet Singh Toor was elected by the Sikh Cultural Society's board...

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INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

January 15, 2003

Source: SMART

http://www.sikhmediawatch.org/press/pressdetail.asp?pressid=28

On January 15, 2003 SMART reported that "last week SMART joined several civil and immigrant rights' groups in asking President Bush to address INS's "Special Call-in Registration" procedures targeted at Middle Eastern and Muslim men from 20 countries. The letter was endorsed by over 50 national and local...

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Man Threatens Hate Crime after Road-Rage Incident

January 14, 2003

Source: The Argus

http://www.theargusonline.com/Stories/0,1413,83%257E1971%257E1109079,00.html

On January 14, 2003 The Argus reported that "[Fremont, CA] police arrested a 49-year-old man on suspicion of making violent threats and committing a hate crime after he threatened to burn down the Sikh temple... David Criswell of Hayward was arrested about 6:15 p.m. Sunday after a weeklong investigation into the case that began during a road-rage...

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Celebration Services for Guru Gobind Singh Sahib, 2003

January 13, 2003

Source: Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/local/story/5877223p-6841362c.html

On January 13, 2003 the Fresno Bee reported that "Sikhs in Fresno [CA] ended 48 hours of continuous reading of their Holy Book on Sunday, bringing to a close the annual celebration of the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh... About 1,200 participated, gathering for the reading and prayers at the Sikh temple on Dakota Avenue, near First Street... The event culminated Sunday afternoon with...

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Celebration Services for Guru Gobind Singh Sahib, 2003

January 13, 2003

Source: Tri-Valley Herald

http://www.trivalleyherald.com/Stories/0,1413,86%257E10669%257E1107754,00.html

On January 13, 2003 the Tri-Valley Herald reported that "during 17th-Century battles in which Sikhs fought against the ruling Moguls of India, Guru Gobind Singh Sahib sent his own sons to the front line, Sikhs believe... At least four of them died, along with dozens of his other family members during the many battles he led as the last of...

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Update: Hindus, Muslims, and Vegetarians Sue McDonald's over Use of Beef Flavoring in Fries

January 13, 2003

Source: The Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/output/business/cst-fin-mac14.html

On January 13, 2003 The Chicago Sun-Times reported that "a scientist.. urged a Cook County [IL] judge Monday to reject McDonald's Corp.'s proposed list of 26 groups scheduled to share in a $10 million settlement by the fast-food chain... 'It will set back vegetarianism as a class for 10 to 20 years' because the groups McDonald's favors are hostile to the values the settlement...

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Update: Death of Waqar Hasan and Congressional Law Granting U.S. Residency to 9/11 Survivors

January 12, 2003

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/local/4925345.htm

On January 12, 2003 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "Waqar Hasan - the faithful son, the father of four, the one who paid all the bills - is gone; [he was killed in his convience store four days after 9/11 by Mark Anthony Stroman]... Hasan's wife, Durreshahwar, and teenage daughters have lived in their white, one-story frame house in a New Jersey suburb for nearly a...

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The Sikh Center in Orange County, CA

January 8, 2003

Source: myOC.com

http://www.myoc.com/community/religion/spirit/spirit.shtml

On January 8, 2003 myOC.com reported that "The Sikh Center [in Orange County, CA] has been in existence since 1990. During the 1980s five Sikh families in Orange County began conducting services in their homes. Now the Center has over 500 families as members. Although exact numbers are difficult to obtain, several sources indicate that there are between 16 million and 20 million Sikhs...

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El Sobrante's Sikh Community

January 3, 2003

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/4868002.htm

On January 3, 2003 Contra Costa Times reported that "contemporary El Sobrante [CA], far from being a nowhere place, is one whose renown carries across oceans, all the way to the Punjab region of India, homeland of the Sikhs. As the site of the Sikh Center of the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the most important Sikh shrines in North America, El Sobrante rates a spot on the worldwide Sikh map... Sikhs...

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California Sikhs Reach Out

January 3, 2003

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/4868104.htm

On January 3, 2003 the Contra Costa Times reported that "once the domain of a people and religion many Americans regarded as exotic, Sikh temples throughout North America are reaching out to the mainstream. Sikhism is... not at all out of step with American values and most Americans' religions, Sikh leaders say... Sikhs have lived in California for more than 100 years, and their temples have always...

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Multifaith Thoughts for the New Year

December 31, 2002

Source: The Plain Dealer

On December 31, 2002 The Plain Dealer reported that "the Plain Dealer asked Northeast Ohioans representing different faiths to share their thoughts and prayers for the new year. If there is one theme that runs through these reflections, it is a sense of hope amid despair. Religious leaders seek faith to not only be peacemakers and serve the poor and the homeless and others in need next year, but to do what they believe is God's work with a spirit of joy and peace... Ven. Shih Ying-Fa, Abbot, CloudWater Zendo, Zen Center of...

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Swaranjit Singh's Endeavor to Education Public about Sikhism

December 26, 2002

Source: SMART

http://www.sikhmediawatch.org/news/newsdetail.asp?newsid=150

On December 26, 2002 SMART reported on Swaranjit Singh, who "'resigned from [his] job and started calling different schools, churches, the FBI, the Federal Aviation Administration, the police, to educate people about Sikhs.' Singh said he has been on about 15 different television programs since the Sept. 11 attacks and has given presentations on Sikhism to district attorneys’...

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