Sikhism

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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Sikhs Sue Marine Corps Over Restrictions on Beards

April 11, 2022

A Marine artillery captain named Sukhbir Singh Toor has been on a mission over the past year to become the first Sikh in the United States Marine Corps allowed to openly practice his religion while in uniform.

During that time he has won a string of victories against the strict dress standards of the Marine Corps, and he can now wear the beard, long hair and turban required of a faithful Sikh while on duty. But recently, the Marine Corps dug in, refusing to allow him or any other Sikh to wear a beard on a combat deployment or during boot camp, saying that beards would hinder...

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The Largest Sikh book collection in Wisconsin, and possibly the nation, now resides in Oak Creek

April 9, 2022

A collection of books about the Sikh faith and traditions is now available at the Oak Creek Public Library in a first-of-its-kind collection. 

About 120 books, movies and other items available for checkout are on display in Oak Creek, making the largest collection in the state, and possibly the country.

"We did some research and we couldn't find any other library that has aggregated items on display like this," said Jill Lininger, director...

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Sikh man visiting NYC from India brutally attacked in possible hate crime, officials say

April 5, 2022

A 70-year-old Sikh man visiting from India was brutally attacked and left with a bloodied face and clothes in an incident being investigated as a possible hate crime, officials with the New York City Department and a Sikh-American advocacy group said.

The victim was identified as Nirmal Singh by the Sikh Coalition, a Sikh-American advocacy group providing Singh with free legal aid following the incident.

Singh was on a walk when he was suddenly punched in the face...

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Sikh Riders of America host charity ride to support Ukraine

April 3, 2022

A group of Sikh bikers came together in Seminole County Saturday for a charity ride to show support and raise money for the people of Ukraine.

Sikh Riders of America director Gurjit Sidhu said, "We just want to show our support for them. That we feel them."

The Sikh Riders of America was created years ago as a way to educate people about Sikhs and their religion at a time when many were the targets of hate crimes. Now the Sikh riders are using their platform to help Ukrainians who are currently under attack.

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Prayers for peace in Ukraine

March 14, 2022

A variety of religious traditions assembled Sunday evening to pray for one thing: peace in Ukraine.

The meeting at North Presbyterian Church was assembled by the Williamsville Interfaith Clergy Association and was led by two Ukrainian clerics, one Catholic and one Orthodox. Joining them were Presbyterians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Baha'i, Sikh and Unitarian Universalists.

North Presbyterian Pastor Bill Hennessy said the array of clergy was deliberate.

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Sikh group trains educators on bias-based bullying after altercation at Whiteland high school

March 14, 2022

A Sikh-American advocacy group on Monday held awareness training for more than 100 administrators and staff at Whiteland Community High School following a physical altercation involving students last month the group said was racially and religiously motivated.

The training happened exactly one week after a Sikh student returned to school after he and other students were suspended in connection with the Feb. 23 altercation, according to...

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