Sikhism

Sikh student detained on UNC campus for wearing kirpan, curved dagger central to faith

September 26, 2022

Officials at a North Carolina university are being criticized after an incident in which a Sikh student was detained for wearing a kirpan, a curved dagger carried by some Sikhs as part of their faith.

The incident took place Thursday in a student union building at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A 44-second video of the...

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Border officials investigating claims Sikh turbans were confiscated

August 3, 2022

U.S. authorities are investigating complaints that the religious rights of dozens of Sikh asylum seekers were violated recently when their turbans were confiscated by Border Patrol agents in the Yuma, Ariz., area, officials said Wednesday.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona sent a letter Monday to U.S. Customs and Border Protection...

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A religiously diverse Edmonton hosts Pope Francis' visit

July 26, 2022

As Pope Francis pays a historic visit to Canada, he is encountering a country that is less Catholic, more secular and more religiously diverse than the last time it hosted a pontiff two decades ago.

And the city where he landed on Sunday — Edmonton — reflects that diversity more than outsiders might expect from a provincial capital in Canada’s prairie heartland.

Edmonton and its province of Alberta do have a large, long-settled population of Christians of European descent.

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'This is an issue of equality': Maryland law to allow religious garments in college sports

July 20, 2022

Executive Director for the Aspen Institute's Religion & Society Program, who studies religion, racism and justice — recalls his own experience of fighting for inclusion as a turbaned Sikh athlete.

Growing up in Texas, he says he and his brothers were often denied the right to play school and college sports because of their turbans, a religious head covering worn by men of the Sikh religion.

His is one of the voices welcoming the US state of Maryland's Inclusive Athletic...

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A saint-soldier defending Sikhs and reviving the American melting pot

July 15, 2022

The Sikh Coalition was born in the hours after 9/11, out of self-defense. In those raw days after the attacks, Balbir Singh Sodhi was shot outside the gas station his family ran in Mesa, Arizona. In the months following, American Sikhs were beaten and their temples, called gurdwaras, were set on fire. Less than a year after Singh Sodhi’s murder, his brother was shot while driving his cab near San Francisco.

In those early days, and as violence against Sikhs has continued — the latest wave of anti-Sikh harassment hit Queens, New York, earlier this year — coalition members were...

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'We gotta sleep with one eye open'| Family, Sikh community worried after several bullets fired into NW Harris Co. home

July 8, 2022

A family is physically okay but emotionally shaken up after someone fired several shots into their northwest Harris County home earlier this week.

It happened July 5 in the Heron Lakes Estates subdivision near Beltway 8 and Highway 249.

As Iqbal Singh’s parents and child slept in a bed just before 2 a.m. that Tuesday when he said they felt bullets whizzing inches over their heads and heard up to nine shots coming from the backyard, which were captured on surveillance cameras.

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Want to know about Sikhism? Head to new book collection in Oak Creek

May 23, 2022

Sikhism is the fifth largest world religion. There are more than 500,000 Sikhs in the United States. And in the greater Milwaukee area, there are two main places of worship.

But how much do local non-Sikhs know about it? Back in 2014, the National Sikh Campaign had a survey in which 60% of Americans said they know nothing at all about Sikhs.

A new collection of books about the religion and its culture is bridging communities and educating the public.

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Fourth Sikh man in Queens attacked in just weeks

May 15, 2022

Police in Queens are investigating the third attack on a Sikh man in just a matter of weeks.

The Indian Panorama reports someone attacked Kuldip Singh, 62, during his morning walk in Richmond Hills on Mother’s Day.

Singh is from Dasuya in Hoshiarpur. Authorities say a suspect rode up to Singh on a bicycle. He pulled out a pistol and demanded money. Singh grabbed the young man’s arm and the two began to wrestle....

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California Sikh says cops delayed investigation into racist threats. Now he's suing.

May 12, 2022

A practicing Sikh man filed a federal lawsuit this week against Sutter County, alleging the Sheriff’s Office deprived him of his civil rights by failing to adequately investigate a pair of racist hate crimes he says he experienced last year.

The case centers on two incidents that Rouble Claire, the plaintiff, considers so brazen he can’t believe they happened.

They stemmed from a routine trip Claire took last May to South Butte Market, a short drive from his rural Northern California home.

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A year after FedEx shooting, Sikh Americans honor victims

April 15, 2022

A year after a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis left eight employees dead — four of whom were Sikh — the Sikh American community says it is reflecting on the tragedy and continuing to heal. 

A number of national and local groups are honoring victims by holding tributes and prayer services, and by offering resources to the Indianapolis community. 

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the FBI ruled that the April...

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