Sikhism

After September 11: Bias and Backlash in the Workplace

March 4, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A33151-2002Mar3.html

On March 4, 2002, The Washington Post featured the article "Backlash Changes Form, Not Function: Sept. 11 Aftereffects Include Quiet Sting Of Bigotry, Some Say." It explained that while violent hate crimes have decreased, bias in the schools, workplace, and public life have continued. The article noted that "The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has...

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Sikh Candidate Runs for Condit's Congressional Seat

March 4, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On March 4, 2002, The New York Times featured the story "Challenging Gary Condit Without Using His Name" about Dr. Sukhi Singh, candidate for Congress. "Dr. Singh is hardly the front-runner in the race ... But the gentleman whose beard and turban have made him the object of much curiosity has managed to charm a district once considered 'Condit Country.'" Dr. Singh first came to Stockton when he immigrated to the U.S. 34 years ago; today he lives in Fremont. The article explained, "Stockton, where many of the high- tech valley's...

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New Maronite Catholic Church being Built in Washington DC

February 28, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On February 28, 2002, The Washington Post reported that "bucking a decades-long trend in which the vast majority of new places of worship have been built in the suburbs, Our Lady of Lebanon, a 36-year-old congregation of Maronite Catholics, has begun building its first church on Alaska Avenue in Northwest Washington... The 18,000-square-foot limestone church... is intended to reflect the congregation's religious and architectural roots in Lebanon, the Middle Eastern homeland of most of its members... The high cost of...

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Arson at New York Sikh Center, Gobind Sadan USA

February 17, 2002

Source: The Syracuse Post-Standard

http://www.syracuse.com/news/syrnewspapers/index.ssf?/newsstories/20020217_rotrip.html

On February 17, 2002, The Syracuse Post-Standard featured the article "7,500 Miles to Redemption: Local man to represent community at Sikh event in India." It reported on the journey of Mark Lichtenstein, president of a local school board, to India: "For the 40-year-old Oswego County resident, the next 11 days will...

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New Zen Monastery to Open in Oregon

February 1, 2002

Source: The Oregonian

On February 1, 2002 The Oregonian featured an editorial on a meeting in Clatskanie, OR that was "sponsored by a Portland-based Zen Buddhist group, the Zen Community of Oregon, to explain its plans to remodel a former elementary school into a monastery and seminary. But many objected to adding the Zen sanctuary to the community's eight churches... 'Our goal is to protect those that have not yet accepted Christ,' said Loren Dummer, the Assembly of God pastor. He worried that that the Zen Buddhists, who are not evangelical, would try to...

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Church and Gurdwara Work Together to Help Homeless in San Francisco

January 31, 2002

Source: Yahoo

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/020131/sfth093_1.html

On January 31, 2002, a press release from Glide Memorial Church announced, "Sikhs Help Homeless Battle Freezing Nights: Distribute 250 Blankets at Glide Memorial." The press release stated, in part: "Tomorrow the Sikh community will join with Glide Memorial to distribute 250 blankets to the homeless. The Sikh Gurdwara Temple of El Sobrante donated all 250 blankets to Glide. The blanket give-away is a direct response...

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American Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus Rally for Peace

January 26, 2002

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/1529339p-1605806c.html

On January 26, 2002, The Sacramento Bee featured the story "A Plea For Peace: Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs join in rally at Capitol." It reported, "While speakers used a bullhorn to exhort California's leaders to work for peace on the Indian subcontinent, interviews with rally participants showed agreement that crossed religious and ethnic lines." One participant, Punam...

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Peace Vigils Mirror Interfaith Service in Assisi

January 26, 2002

Source: The Bergen Record

http://www.bergen.com/news/peace200201263.htm

On January 26, 2002, The Bergen Record featured the story "Hackensack: Prayer gathering mirrors service in Assisi, Italy." It reported, "The prayers were voiced in the traditions of more than a half-dozen religious movements, but all had the same theme: a call for religions to foster peace on earth and end human suffering. The Interfaith Prayer Vigil held Thursday night at Hackensack's Church on the Green...

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Peace Vigils Mirror Interfaith Service in Assisi

January 23, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On January 23, 2002, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "leaders of more than 20 faiths and denominations in the St. Louis region will gather tonight to reflect on the call to peace found in their respective scriptures... Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist, Sikh and Ba'hai leaders will enter the sanctuary of the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica and individually read from their scripture about peace... Archbishop Justin Rigali, past chairman of the Cabinet of the Interfaith Partnership of Metropolitan St....

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Sikh Candidate Runs for Condit's Congressional Seat

January 21, 2002

Source: The Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/local/story/1502717p-1579340c.html

On January 21, 2002, The Modesto Bee reported, "Congressional candidate fights stereotypes." The article began, "Not every candidate for Congress has a campaign Web site that includes a primer on turbans, beards and the history of the Sikh religion. But then not every candidate is Sukhmander Singh, running for office in a Sept. 12 world." The article continued, "The engineering...

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New Orleans Sikh Community Celebrates Birthday of Guru Nanak

January 20, 2002

Source: The Times-Picayune

On January 20, 2002, The Times-Picayune reported that "men in colorful turbans and women in Punjabi suits or long tunics congregated at the Sikh Gurudwara temple... in eastern New Orleans to celebrate the 533rd birthday of the founder of their religion... Sikhs worship one god and do not engage in rituals, as their founder, Nanak Devji, who was in India in 1469, instructed. They believe that one should live a truthful life, earn a living through hard work and help their fellow man... At the temple, everyone sat on the floor...

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Arson at New York Sikh Center, Gobind Sadan USA

January 20, 2002

Source: The Post-Standard

http://www.syracuse.com/news/syrnewspapers/index.ssf?/newsstories/20020120_rnsikh.html

On January 20, 2002, The Post-Standard featured the story "Second Fire a Funeral Pyre: Controlled burn of Sikh temple to make way for rebuilding." It quoted Ralph Singh: "'This is a touching day for us,' said the spokesman for Gobind Sadan USA, a religious center for Central New York Sikhs. 'In our culture we cremate, so...

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Sikh Community Mourns Loss of Leader

January 14, 2002

Source: Newsday

On January 14, 2002, Newsday reported that the New York Sikh leader "Harbhajan Singh... died Jan. 4 after a long battle with cancer... Several hundred mourners poured into the temple for a memorial service... [that included] 48 straight hours of reading the Sikh holy book out loud... Gyani Harbhajan Singh was the head priest at the Sikh temple, or gurdwara, in Plainview and a leading Sikh scholar... The reading marathon that ended yesterday was part of services Sikhs traditionally conduct to mark major occasions, including deaths, birthdays...

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Honoring a Hero: The First Asian American Congressman

January 12, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-000003018jan12.story

On January 12, 2002, The Los Angeles Times reported "Indian Americans Will Honor a Hero," the late Dalip Singh Saund. Saund, a Sikh, was the first Asian American member of Congress. "The initiative to honor the... 'congressman from India,' as Saund referred to himself in his autobiography, started on what would have been his 100th birthday two years ago ... In this post-Sept. 11...

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