Sikhism

Diverse Coalition Supports American Indian Kindergartner’s Right to Freely Exercise His Religion

July 13, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WebWire

http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=99117

The ACLU’s fight to stop a Texas school district from punishing a five-year old student for wearing his long hair in braids as an expression of his American Indian heritage and beliefs has drawn support from a diverse group of American Indian tribes and scholars, religious freedom organizations and representatives of a variety of faith traditions.

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"First Time Sikh Participation At South East European Prayer Breakfast," a Commentary by Simran Singh Khalsa

July 13, 2009

Author: Simran Singh Khalsa

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/first-time-sikh-participation-south-east-european-prayer-breakfast

A group of 150 dignitaries and friends from 18 countries came together from May 22-24 in the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina for the 6th Annual South East European Prayer Gathering.

I was honored to be the first Sikh representative to attend, and...

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Sikhs Fight for Right to Wear Turbans, Beards In Military, Law Enforcement

July 11, 2009

Author: Sargunjot Kaur

Source: San Jose Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_12819348

Two U.S. Army doctors are fighting to start active duty without having to shed the turbans and beards of their Sikh faith. Jaskirat Singh ran into the same roadblock when he tried to join the Milpitas Police Department's Explorer program.

Singh, 17, grew up watching "Cops" on TV and hearing stories from his neighbor, a retired California Highway Patrol...

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Controversy Surrounds Country's Largest Sikh Temple Rising In San Jose

July 10, 2009

Author: Lisa Fernandez

Source: San Jose Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/politics/ci_12814727

Perched high in the hills of San Jose stands the country's largest Sikh temple — its rippling water fountain and onion-shaped roof are poignant symbols of the spiritual heart of a vibrant immigrant community.

Now, the temple will become even bigger. Crews are building a 17,000-square-foot prayer hall, 12 classrooms, living quarters for...

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Site Visit In Move for Sikh Temple

July 7, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Lep.co.uk

http://www.lep.co.uk/news/Site-visit-in-move-for.5434986.jp

Plans for a Sikh temple have been put on hold while councillors visit the site.

Members of Preston Council's planning committee will go to the empty warehouse in Isherwood Street, Deepdale, before deciding whether to grant permission.

Applicant Gulab Singh, president of the Sikh community known as Sri Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara...

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Dead Man’s Religion Sparks Row: Malaysian Judge Says Law Inadequate

July 7, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Thaindian News

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/world-news/dead-mans-religion-sparks-row-malaysian-judge-says-law-inadequate_100214512.html

The row over Malaysian art director Mohan Singh’s religion following his death has led to a judge observing that there is “inadequacy” in the law over non-Muslims converting to Islam....

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Decision In Sikh Dispute

July 5, 2009

Author: Ryan McCarthy

Source: Appeal-democrat.com

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/news/directors-84083-temple-pamma.html

Directors of the Sikh Temple Gurdwara in Yuba City must wait three weeks after providing their addresses, phone numbers and e-mail contacts before meeting again, a Sutter County Superior Court judge ruled.

The decision by Judge Brian Aronson, filed in court last week, follows the legal bid by director...

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Religion Comes to Environment’s Rescue

July 5, 2009

Author: Chetan Chauhan

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print.aspx?Id=cb3a0662-b810-40ce-8525-647fddbf7929

Where political leaders have failed to come up with a plan to save the planet from global warming, religious leaders have succeeded.

On July 6, Islamic leaders from over 50 Muslim countries, including heads of states of Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, will...

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Union City Celebrates Golden Jubilee Interfaith Festival

July 1, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: World Sikh News

http://worldsikhnews.com/1%20July%202009/Union%20City%20Celebrates%20Golden%20jubilee%20Interfaith%20Festival.htm

The highly diverse population of Union City, California experienced a unique feeling on Saturday, June 27, 2009. Residents of different faiths, beliefs and creeds sat together all day long to learn about their neighbors’...

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Coalition Grades NYC Dept. Of Education On School Bullying

July 1, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Coalition

http://www.sikhcoalition.org/advisories/Coalition_Grades_DOE.htm

At an energetic Manhattan press conference yesterday, the Sikh Coalition and four other advocacy organizations released a Report Card and white paper showing that the New York City Department of Education (DOE) is falling short on its duty to protect public school students from bias-based harassment and bullying.

The...

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First Sikh In New Jersey Public Office Elected to Hoboken City Council

July 1, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: NJ.com

http://www.nj.com/hobokennow/index.ssf/2009/07/first_sikh_in_new_jersey_publi.html

New Hoboken Councilman-at-large Ravi Bhalla is the first Sikh to be elected to office in the entire state of New Jersey.

And when he was sworn in today, Bhalla gave a moving speech about his heritage and the American dream.

"My father arrived in America in the 1960s. He came to Penn...

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National Sikh Conference At the US Library Of Congress Draws Record Crowds

June 30, 2009

Author: Inni K. Dhingra

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/national-sikh-conference-us-library-congress-draws-record-crowds

The Sikh National Conference: “Taking Heritage into the 21st Century,” a two-day series of lectures, panel discussions, film screenings and photo exhibits, all celebrating the addition of more than 80 Sikh volumes to the library's collection, drew huge crowds last week...

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Groups Decry Discrimination Against Sikhs In Schools

June 30, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WNYC News

http://www.wnyc.org/news/articles/135575

Some civic and community groups say the city's regulation to stop harassment in public schools, isn't working. A report released today by the Sikh Coalition and other groups says most students see no decrease in discrimination and bullying since Mayor Bloomberg signed the measure last year. The coalition's Sonny Singh says the city has yet to live up to its promises.

Sikh Student Becomes 20th Indian Victim In Oz

June 30, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Indian Express

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Sikh-student-becomes-20th-Indian-victim-in-Oz/483097

In yet another racial attack on Indian students in Australia, a 22-year-old Sikh youth was assaulted by a group of six teenagers, who tried to remove his turban and cut the hair. Resham Singh, a student of hospitality course who came from Punjab six months ago, became the 20th victim...

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