Sikhism

Retired Minister Works to Bring Religions Together

July 25, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The News-Star

Wire Service: AP

http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/20090725/LIFESTYLE/907240307/1024/LIFESTYLE

Almost always, when Protestants and Catholics are formally gathered under one roof in New Orleans — and when they are joined by Jews, Muslims and Sikhs — somewhere in the background will be a retired Presbyterian minister named the Rev. Will...

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Victims to Select Own-Faith Officers

July 22, 2009

Author: Catrin Nye

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/8161547.stm

Sikh victims of crime in London are to be given the option of asking for a police officer of their own faith to work on their case.

This new service from the Metropolitan Police (Met) aims to make use of the officers' specialist knowledge of Punjabi culture to help with cases like forced marriage and so-called honour crime.

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US Lawmakers Urge Gates to Allow Sikhs [to] Serve US Army

July 21, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/NEWS/World/Indians-Abroad/US-lawmakers-urge-Gates-to-allow-Sikhs-serve-US-army/articleshow/4801479.cms

Two US lawmakers have written a "dear colleague" letter asking other Congressmen to write to the US defence secretary to allow Sikh youths to serve in the military with their turban....

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Court to Decide On Aug 3 If Islamic Councils Can Intervene In Allah Suit

July 20, 2009

Author: Debra Chong

Source: The Malaysian Insider

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/32848-court-to-decide-on-aug-3-if-state-islamic-councils-can-intervene-in-allah-suit-

The High Court here will decide in the next two weeks whether to allow several state Islamic councils into a legal dispute moved by the Catholic Church which is fighting for...

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Bill Bars Religious Attire for Teachers

July 19, 2009

Author: Greg Bolt

Source: The Register-Guard

http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/updates/17227530-55/story.csp

Workers in Oregon will be able to wear a turban or yarmulke on the job under a bill passed by the state Legislature that protects religious practices for almost everyone, except public school teachers.

The bill, expected to be signed into law by Gov. Ted Kulongoski, keeps in place a controversial...

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Dilemma for Sikhs Who Escaped Tribal Areas

July 19, 2009

Author: Isambard Wilkinson

Source: The National

http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090720/FOREIGN/707199868/1103/ART

The Sikh community of north-western Pakistan faces an uncertain future after fleeing fighting between security forces and the Taliban.

Sikhs from across the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and the tribal areas have taken refuge over the past three months within the...

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Blow to Sikhs: European Court Upholds French Turban Ban

July 18, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/4791396.cms

In a major blow to Sikhs in Europe, European Court of Human Rights has upheld French ban on turban by dismissing the first petition filed against it. France had passed a law in 2004, prohibiting religious symbols in schools.

The judgment, which came close on the heels of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh raising the issue with French...

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Sikhs Protest US Bill On 'Religious Dress'

July 17, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: NDTV

http://www.ndtv.com/news/diaspora/sikhs_protest_us_bill_on_religious_dress.php

Sikhs in the US have slammed a state law that would bar teachers from the community in public schools from wearing "religious dress" including turbans, a move that may spark a racial row.

In effect, the bill passed by the Oregon legislature and now on the governor's desk "prohibit teachers from wearing...

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California Kirpan Education Bill Passes Senate Public Safety Committee

July 17, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/california-kirpan-education-bill-passes-senate-public-safety-committee

California's proposed law to train law enforcement about Sikh kirpans this week passed the Senate Public Safety Committee with a unanimous vote. The bill will now make its way to the Appropriations Committee before a final vote by the entire CA State Senate in the Fall....

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CAIR: Oregon Bill Reinforces Ban On Muslim, Sikh, Jewish Teachers

July 16, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: PRNewswire-USNewswire

http://www.examiner.com/p-375700~CAIR__Oregon_Bill_Reinforces_Ban_on_Muslim__Sikh__Jewish_Teachers.html

A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization oday joined America's Sikh community in expressing concerns about legislation awaiting the governor's signature in Oregon that purports to broaden religious freedom, but would...

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Sikhs Join Faith Trail In London Suicide Bombers' Town

July 15, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: World Sikh News

http://worldsikhnews.com/15%20July%202009/Sikhs%20join%20Faith%20Trail%20in%20London%20suicide%20bombers%20town.htm

Sikhs in Leeds have taken the initiative to invite members of other faiths to see their place of worship in step with similar reciprocal action by others.

Four years on from the 7/7 London bombings, Muslims, Sikhs and...

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Six California Police Departments Open Doors for Sikh American Cops

July 14, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: PR-USA

http://pr-usa.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=235755&Itemid=28

Today, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF)—the oldest Sikh American civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—announced that, over the past several weeks, six California police departments have confirmed their commitment to equal employment opportunities for Sikh...

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Some Sikh Youth Confront Dilemma In Wearing Turban

July 14, 2009

Author: Jessica Scott

Source: The Columbia Journalist

http://www.columbiajournalist.org/article.asp?subj=queens&course=rw1_freedman&id=2443

Sonu Singh and his best friend Manjinder Singh hang out almost daily, walking around their Richmond Hill neighborhood and listening to hip-hop music. They aren’t related, but the two boys have many things in common besides a surname. Both were born in India and graduated...

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'We Are Afraid the Taliban Will Find Us'

July 13, 2009

Author: Declan Walsh

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/13/swat-valley-refugees-sikhs-taliban

Flight from the Taliban has been a bittersweet experience for Darsha Singh, a turbaned Sikh farmer sitting on the steps of an ancient, glittering shrine just outside Pakistan's North-West Frontier province.

For two months he has been living at the Panja Sahib gurdwara, an ornate temple that is...

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Sikhs Celebrate July 4th With Seva

July 13, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/sikhs-fremont-celebrate-july-4th-seva

Residents of Fremont celebrated 4th of July with a parade like the past ten years. More than one hundred organizations and businesses participated in the parade and nearly ten thousand people watched it.

The Greater Fremont area has a significant population of Sikhs. A small civic-minded Sikh organization named S.E.V.A. has...

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