Sikhism

Sikh American Groups Meet with TSA about Turban Screening Policy

September 12, 2007

Author: Press Release

Source: SALDEF

http://international-human-rights-org.blogspot.com/2007/09/ihro-sikh-american-groups-meet-with-tsa.html

Washington D.C. – September 12, 2007: On Monday, representatives from the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), the Sikh Coalition, and UNITED SIKHS, met with officials from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the...

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Turban Searches Rile Sikh Community

September 9, 2007

Author: Pamela Constable and Del Quentin Wilber

Source: Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/08/AR2007090801606.html

Like all practicing Sikhs, Gurpreet Singh Tuteja wears his turban as a sacred symbol of his faith and its values of discipline and austerity. Every morning, the Arlington County business consultant winds a long bolt of black or saffron cloth tightly around his...

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Sikhs Awaiting Green Light to Build a New Place of Worship

September 6, 2007

Author: CHRISTINA HALL

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070906/NEWS04/709060420/1006

STERLING HEIGHTS -- An apparent growth in the Sikh population in metro Detroit is driving religious leaders to ensure there are suitable places to worship close to where members live.

The most recent proposal is for a gurdwara, or place of worship, to move from Madison Heights to...

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‘Day of Healing’ Held to Make Amends for 1907 Mob

September 5, 2007

Author: MARY LANE GALLAGHER

Source: The Bellingham Herald

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/102/story/171955.html

BELLINGHAM — On Sept. 4, 1907, hundreds of Bellingham residents gathered to drive away the city’s East Indian community.

On Tuesday, city and county officials joined about 100 residents to mark the anniversary with a “Day of Healing and Reconciliation.”

“Cultural and religious diversity...

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New Sikh Arrivals Feel Welcomed

September 4, 2007

Author: MARY LANE GALLAGHER

Source: SikhNet News/Bellingham Herald

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/EDEAD91D1211B7318725734C0061F49F

Tuesday marked the 100-year anniversary of Bellingham’s “Hindu” riots, when a mob rounded up the city’s East Indian mill workers and ordered them out of town. This is the second part of a two-day package examining the riots, their aftermath and...

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U.S. Security Official Aims for 'Workable Solution' with Sikhs

September 1, 2007

Author: CAROL EISENBERG

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-ushat0901,0,7064342.story

WASHINGTON - Transportation Security Administration head Kip Hawley wants to make things right with members of the Sikh community who are angry about being asked to unwrap their turbans or undergo "patdowns" before being allowed to board airplanes.

Hawley contacted the New York-based Sikh Coalition on...

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Passport rejected for Sikh boy, 7

September 1, 2007

Author: DANIEL MASSEY

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ny-lisikh0901,0,6607451.story

Tejwinder Singh Rai was not surprised when children at Saw Mill Road Elementary School made fun of his son's flowing black hair and the white cloth that covers it, calling him a girl. After all, how would kindergartners know that the Sikh religion requires unshorn hair and a head covering?

So, on a September day two years ago,...

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Press Release: ACLU Files Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against Dallas Judge

August 31, 2007

Author: Press Release

Source: ACLU/SALDEF

http://sikh_american_legal_defense_and_education_fund_saldef.icontact.com/announcements/aclu_files_religious_discrimination_lawsuit_against_dallas_judge.html

Washington D.C. – August 31, 2007: The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas filed a lawsuit today in Dallas County District Court on behalf...

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US Club owner Apologises to Sikh Man

August 30, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/_US_club_owner_apologises_to_Sikh_man/articleshow/2321591.cms

[Salt Lake City]: The owner of an upscale private club in Salt Lake City has apologised for turning away a Sikh man because his turban violated its no-hats policy.

Harpreet Singh Multani was denied entry to Club Habits in [Salt Lake City] and was told...

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Sikh Alleges Discrimination Over Headdress

August 30, 2007

Author: PAUL SISSON

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20433550/

Dave Bindra, 22, a Carlsbad resident who said he is a member of the Sikh faith, said Friday that he was barred from entering the Ocean House and the Coyote Bar and Grill on July 27 by bouncers who said he was violating a dress code. Bindra says the bouncers objected to his patka, a close-fitting head covering that is usually worn under traditional turbans favored by men of the Sikh faith....

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A Celebration of Arts & Culture at the Smithsonian

August 29, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: India Post News Service

http://indiapost.com/article/communitypost/873/

LOS ANGELES: The arts, culture, community spirit, and pride were on display at a recent gathering in The Sikh Heritage Gallery at the National Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Institution (SI) in Washington, D.C. The occasion was the installation of three original drawings of famous Sikh historic shrines and pilgrimage centers in India: Sri Darbar Sahib...

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US Sikhs Angry Over Turban Plan

August 25, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6963314.stm

US Sikh organisations have expressed anger over changes allowing airport security staff to "pat down" turbans.

Until now turbans have been searched or removed only to resolve an unexplained alarm from an airport metal detector.

But now security will have greater discretion to inspect turbans so that they can be manually checked for objects such as non-metallic weapons.

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