U.S. Sikhs Push for Freedom in the Workplace

June 23, 2006

Source: The Indian Express


On June 23, 2006 The Indian Express reported, "Apart from fighting against 'hate crime' following the 9/11, the Sikhs in United States are waging yet another battle to get Workplace Religious Freedom Act (WRFA) passed in the US Congress at the earliest. Once it becomes a law, the Act would enable the Sikhs to wear turban and other support religious symbols including 'kanga' (wooden comb) 'kada' (steel bangle) and 'kirpan' (sword) at the work places including in the US army. The lobbying is on to get the Act steer clear of the legal hassles, said Chairman of Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE), Dr Rajwant Singh while talking to The Indian Express here today. He said that they were seeking the help from both Republicans and Democrats to get the Act, introduced in the US Parliament by Senator John Kerry, a democrat candidate who unsuccessfully contested for presidentship, passed. 'Kerry himself supports freedom of religion at work places in US to the Sikhs,' said Dr Rajwant. He said the Sikhs had come together to lobby for the Act aggressively and were raising funds in the US to support the cause. 'Be it Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton or present US President George W Bush, we are lobbying at all levels,' said he."