Sikhism

Update: Arson at Gobind Sadan

November 18, 2002

Source: The Post-Standard

http://syracuse.com/news/poststandard/index.ssf?/base/news-5/103761235989651.xml

On November 18, 2002 The Post-Standard reported that "on Nov. 18 last year, two Oswego County teens set the fire, after they and two others vandalized it because the four thought the Sikhs supported Osama bin Laden and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, authorities have said. All four were convicted of a hate crime. The incident...

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Eidos Agrees to Remove Offensive Content Depicting Sikhs

November 18, 2002

Source: The Sikh Coalition

http://www.sikhcoalition.org/petitioneidos_updates.asp

On November 18, 2002 The Sikh Coalition reported that "an agreement has been reached with Eidos in relation to the removal of all offensive images and content depicting Sikhs on the Hitman 2: Silent Assassin website; in recognition of Sikh concerns, Eidos and IO Interactive (the developer) have also agreed to change the existing versions of...

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Arranged Marriages in Sikh Culture

November 17, 2002

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/features/printedition/longislandlife/ny-lcov1117,0,5894017.story

On November 17, 2002 Newsday reported that "for Inesha Singh, marrying Jaspreet Joneja is a way to preserve her [Sikh] culture. Finding her husband, she believes, was fate -- a fate that happened to be arranged by her parents. Her parents had introduced her to Sikh men in the United States before, all of whom she was disappointed...

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Upstate New York Sikhs Celebrate Founder's Birth-Anniversary

November 17, 2002

Source: Democrat and Chronicle

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/news/1117story5_news.shtml

On November 17, 2002 the Democrat and Chronicle reported that "with nonstop prayer and 24-hour reading of their sacred scriptures, local Sikhs are celebrating the birthday of the founder of their faith. In their newly renovated Penfield temple, called Gurdwara or 'Door of the Teacher,' the 150 Sikh families of the Rochester area also will gather today and again on...

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Eidos Agrees to Remove Offensive Content Depicting Sikhs

November 14, 2002

Source: Tolerance.org

http://www.tolerance.org/news/article_tol.jsp?id=635

On November 14, 2002 Tolerance.org reported that "one of the world’s leading publishers and developers of entertainment software has announced it will cut several scenes from a top-selling new video game after receiving scores of complaints that the game promotes stereotypes and racist violence against Sikhs. Current versions of 'Hitman 2 -- Silent Assassin,' produced by award-winning UK-...

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SCORE Sponsors Sikh Outreach Program

November 9, 2002

Source: The Sikh Council on Religion and Education

On November 9, 2002 The Sikh Council on Religion and Education issued a press release stating that "the Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE) is coordinating a nationwide campaign, 'Sharing Your Faith with Your Neighbors'.  Throughout the United States, Gurdwaras (Sikh House of Worship) are inviting members of their communities from all faiths to join them on November 10 for a special service.  Guests will be able to learn more about their Sikh neighbors, friends and colleagues, enjoy the...

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Sikh Educator Appointed Head of Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School

November 7, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 7, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "as the newly appointed head of... the Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School [MA]... [Siri Akal Singh] Khalsa is leading a community of 175 students on this 37-acre wooded campus tucked off Beaver Street. He said he is the only practicing Sikh who is employed as a head of school in this country. The 53-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y., native has more than a quarter-century of teaching experience:  He taught in the New York public schools, served as an assistant head at a Quaker boarding...

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New Orleans Sikhs Participate in National Out Reach Campaign

November 7, 2002

Source: The Times-Picayune

On November 7, 2002 The Times-Picayune reported that "local Sikhs, who established a society in the New Orleans area in 1979, are... reaching out to other religions to promote unity and acceptance. The local Sikh temple, the Gurdwara Sahib of New Orleans, is participating in the nationwide campaign, 'Sharing Your Faith With Your Neighbors,' Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at its temple. Sunday's program will include Sikh hymns, an introduction and overview of the Sikh religion, formal prayers and a community meeting. A community...

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Sikh Celebration in Yuba City

November 4, 2002

Source: The Appeal-Democrat

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/110402/110402Sikhs.shtml

On November 4, 2002 The Appeal-Democrat reported that "five men [representing five Khalsa - the first five soldier-saints baptized by the 10th and final guru, Guru Gobind Singh] stood and sang hymns with thousands of others at the Sikh Temple on Tierra Buena Road on Sunday before the 23rd annual Sikh Parade began. All praised Singh's last gift to Sikhs - a 1,430-page set of holy...

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Sikh High School Sophomore Wears Turban to Continue Tradition

November 3, 2002

Source: Appeal-Democrat

On November 3, 2002 the Appeal-Democrat reported that "Jaskaran Singh Johal of Yuba City began his sophomore year this fall at Yuba City High School with one significant change - Johal now wears a bigger turban, a sign of his maturity. 'I wear the turban to keep the tradition going,' he said. The turban, made of fine muslin, evolved as a means of managing long hair, which is left uncut as a sign of respect for the God-given form... Surprisingly, Johal says it is the other Indian boys who pick on him for wearing a turban, rather than...

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Film: "Mistaken Identity: Sikhs in America"

November 3, 2002

Source: Appeal-Democrat

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/110302/110302Sikhs.shtml

On November 3, 2002 the Appeal-Democrat reported that "at the Sikh Temple on Tierra Buena Road [in Yuba, CA], about 150 people, most of them Sikhs, gathered to hear speakers talk about Sikhism. They also viewed the documentary, Mistaken Identity: Sikhs in America, which describes the religion's history and the Sikh experience nationwide after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks...

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Sikh Tarunjit S. Butalia's Interfaith Efforts

November 1, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On November 1, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported on "Tarunjit S. Butalia, [whose] attendance at many community events and neighborhood meetings as a representative of the Sikh faith and member of the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio makes him seem to be everywhere. He's also secretary of the the Sikh Educational Religious Foundation in Dublin and serves on the World Sikh Council, American region. The numerous e-mails and faxes he sends add to his ubiquity. The Rev. Rebecca Tollefson, executive director of the Ohio...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Oct. 2002

October 28, 2002

Source: The Oregonian

On October 28, 2002 The Oregonian reported that "faith leaders and followers gather at a Portland church to oppose an attack on Iraq and pray that others will join them. This demonstration -- for peace with Iraq -- came in the form of a worship service, beginning with a procession of about 20 faith leaders that included Christian clergy, a Jewish rabbi, a Zen Buddhist monk, a Sikh and others. About 50 people behind them in the honey-colored pews included Roman Catholics from Southeast Portland, Methodists from Oregon City, Muslims...

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