Sikhism

Houston Officials Aim to Regain Confidence Of Sikh Community

December 19, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Panthic Weekly News Bureau

http://www.panthic.org/news/123/ARTICLE/4610/2008-12-19.html

In an attempt to regain the confidence of Sikhs located in Houston, local government officials have decided to start a diversity training program. Sheriff-elect Adrian Garcia has been the first official to participate in this program which has been partially designed to help console the outraged Houston Sikh community.
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Sikhs Take Turban Rights Case to United Nations

December 16, 2008

Author: Claudia Parsons

Source: The Australian

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24807079-12335,00.html

A Sikh rights group asked a UN human rights committee to declare that France violated a student's rights by expelling him for wearing a turban and to recommend repealing the law that led to it.

France passed a law in 2004 banning children in state primary and secondary schools from wearing...

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Sheriff-Elect Visits Sikh Temple

December 14, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/6164882.html

Harris County Sheriff-elect Adrian Garcia visited a Sikh temple on Sunday, promising expanded diversity training and to investigate a complaint that deputies harassed a Sikh family during a burglary investigation.

Garcia removed his shoes and put on a head covering to enter the temple...

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Referee 'Told Sikh Boy to Remove Turban'

December 14, 2008

Author: Henry McDonald

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2008/dec/14/ireland-football-sikh-turban

Football authorities in Dublin are investigating allegations that a referee tried to force a Sikh boy to take off his turban during a schoolboy match.

The family of Karpreet Singh and anti-racist campaigners have contacted the Football Association of Ireland over the alleged incident at Ashbourne in...

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Gurudwara Holds Interfaith Meet In Chicago

December 12, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: India Post

http://indiapost.com/article/communitypost/4794/

Gurudwara Sahib of Chicago took initiative in organizing an interfaith meeting to remember and pay homage to the victims of Mumbai attacks. It was attended by over 200 from the cross section of society including local politicians and community leaders. Congresswoman Jan Schakowski, Alderman Joe Moor, Assistant State attorney Ketki Shroff, Sikh community leaders...

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B.C. Hospital Sorry for Shaving Sikh's Beard

December 11, 2008

Author: Darcy Wintonyk

Source: CTVBC

http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20081211/BC_sikh_beard_shaving_081211/20081211?hub=BritishColumbia

B.C.'s Fraser Health Authority has apologized for shaving a 70-year-old man's beard -- something forbidden by his Sikh religion.

It happened during an overnight shift at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. The Health...

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Multi Faith Communities Join Sikh Celebrations of Guru Maneyo Granth

December 9, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Times

http://www.emgonline.co.uk/news.php?news=2468

Over a thousand people joined Sikhs to celebrate, the three hundredth anniversary of Guru Maneyo Granth – Believe in the Granth (Holy Sikh Scriptures) as your Guru.

In 1708 Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru, bestowed all spiritual power to the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh Scriptures and said “This is now your Guru, you will not worship or pay...

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Sikh Family Accuses Deputies of Abuse, Taunts

December 5, 2008

Author: Lindsay Wise

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6150136.html

The Harris County Sheriff's Office is investigating allegations that deputies harassed a family of Sikhs whose home was burglarized last week.

Family members say the deputies handcuffed them, roughed them up and taunted them instead of taking a report on the break-in.

One deputy reportedly asked them if...

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Sacred Scripture is Welcomed into New Sikh Temple

December 5, 2008

Author: Angela Lau

Source: The Union-Tribune

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/northcounty/20081205-9999-1mi5temple.html

The heart and soul of North County's first Sikh temple arrived in Escondido yesterday.

The 1,430-page Sanskrit scripture, or Guru Granth Sahib, covered in silk cloth, was reverently carried atop a Sikh elder's head into the new Sikh Society of San Diego temple on Avenida del Diablo. A man waving...

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Kirtan Resonates Through The National Cathedral

December 3, 2008

Author: Anju Kaur

Source: Sikh News Network

http://www.sikhnn.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=641&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

One gurdwara’s long-term work in the interfaith community has brought Sikh music to the Washington National Cathedral for more than 20 years, but the message of Guru Nanak went unknown this year.

Gurdwara Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, of...

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Dept of Corrections Discriminated Against Sikh

December 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: India Post

http://indiapost.com/article/communitypost/4669/

In a significant decision, an administrative court found that California's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) discriminated against a Sikh man who applied for a correctional officer job. CDCR had refused to give the Sikh a job because he would not shave his religiously-mandated beard for a gasmask fit test. The ruling sends a strong message to state...

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Project Aims to Protect Sikh Cab Drivers

December 1, 2008

Author: Deborah Feldman

Source: MSNBC/KING 5 News

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27988093/

It was just one year ago that Sikh cab driver Sukhvir Singh was badly beaten by a customer he picked up after the Apple Cup football game.

Singh vividly remembers the attack he endured at the hands of a drunken passenger.

"My turban went up and he grabbed my ears with both hands and bit me very bad back here," he said. "Says, you are in Iraqi terrorist. You...

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