Sikhism

Detroit Kirpan Controversy Highlights Tensions Between City Ordinances and Religious Freedoms

December 12, 2005

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051212/METRO/512120336/1003

On December 12, 2005 The Detroit News reported, "The arrest of a Wayne State University student has sparked conflict between upholding the city's knife ordinance and protecting religious freedoms. Senior Sukhpreet Singh Garcha, 23, was arrested on campus in August on suspicion of carrying a 10-inch knife on his hip and was charged with...

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Fresno Sikhs Celebrate Their Punjabi Heritage

December 12, 2005

Source: Sikh News Network/The Fresno Bee

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/RecentNewsHTML/F3A51EB606D683D2872570D500675BC5!OpenDocument

On December 12, 2005 the The Fresno Bee reported, "Young and old members of the Sikh community celebrated the Punjabi language through poetry and singing at Sunday's fifth annual cultural mela [a Sanskrit word for a get-together] in Kerman. Many of them stopped by to show off their...

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Sikhs Host Worldwide Day to Protest the Death Penalty

December 12, 2005

Source: SikhSangat.com

http://www.sikhsangat.com/index.php?showtopic=15870

On December 12, 2005 SikhSangat.com reported, "A Worldwide Day of Protest is being organised for 17 January 2006. Sikhs in cities around the world from London, to Paris, to Toronto and to New York are aiming on 17 January to show their opposition to the death penalty and call for the release of all Sikh political prisoners held in jails in India. Candles will be lit in prominent places in cities...

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Sikh Prisoner Denied Religious Rights

December 10, 2005

Source: Daily Times

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2005%5C12%5C10%5Cstory_10-12-2005_pg4_9

On December 10, 2005 the Daily Times reported, "Forbidden to wear his underwear, a Sikh prisoner in New York has not been eating for six months. Long underwear called Kacchera is worn by devout Sikhs to reinforce their vow of abstinence. Navdeep Singh, who began serving a five-year sentence at Fishkill Correctional Facilities on...

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First UK Sikh Councillor Awarded High Civilian Honor

December 10, 2005

Source: Hindustan Times

Wire Service: IANS

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5967_1569780,001600060001.htm

On December 10, 2005 the Indo-Asian News Service reported, "Gurudeo Saluja, who became Scotland's first Sikh councillor in 1999, has been conferred one of Britain's highest civilian awards, the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Saluja, a resident of Aberdeenshire, has been councillor for the Echt ward since 1999 and...

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Sikhs Serve Langar to Interfaith Movement in Phoenix

December 9, 2005

Source: Sikh News Network

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/RecentNewsHTML/7064312DF3A3801A872570D000714165!OpenDocument

On December 9, 2005 the Sikh News Network reported, "About one and [a] half years ago, Sikhs from England set a unique example of the Sikh tradition of langar at [a] world religious conference in Barcelona, Spain. Thousands and thousands of people who attended that event were continuously served...

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Kansas City Panel Discusses Honoring Faiths in the Workplace Year-Round

December 9, 2005

Source: Centre Daily

http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/opinion/13362838.htm

On December 9, 2005 the Centre Daily reported, "Mathematical equations about slopes, lines and parallels filled a dry-erase board in a classroom on the Pioneer Campus of Penn Valley Community College. It all looked unintelligible. By the wall containing [these equations] sat a panel talking about something equally as difficult for many Americans to understand....

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Multifaith Council Launched

December 8, 2005

Source: The Rising Nepal

http://www.gorkhapatra.org.np/pageloader.php?file=2005/12/09/topstories/main4

On December 8, 2005 The Rising Nepal reported, "Instituted with the main objectives of spreading the message of religious tolerance in the world and working for the welfare of mankind, an organisation by the name 'National Religions, Cultures Coordination and Promotion Council Nepal' was formally launched here yesterday. Badagurujyu Janardan...

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Sikh Minister Speaks in Support of Student's Right to Wear Crucifix to School

December 8, 2005

Source: LifeSiteNews.com

http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/dec/05120803.html

On December 8, 2005 LifeSiteNews.com reported, "The news that a 16-year-old UK school girl was suspended for wearing a crucifix at a school where Sikh religious articles are permitted has sparked the ire of the Sikh community as well as the Christian community. Sikh Minister Sardarni Sahiba Gurumeet Kaur Khalsa told LifeSiteNews.com 'It is the height of wrongful discrimination to disallow...

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New Sikh Center in Selma 10 Years in the Making

December 7, 2005

Source: Selma Enterprise

http://www.selmaenterprise.com/articles/2005/12/07/news/news01.txt

On December 7, 2005 the Selma Enterprise reported, "So far, it’s just 10 acres on the west side of Highland Avenue, just north of Nebraska Avenue. Dirt has been moved and plumbing has been installed, but it will be another year before the land realizes its ultimate, holy use. That’s only one more year to add to the time it has taken the Sikh Center of...

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Press Release: “SALDEF Urges Passage of Religious Freedom Legislation”

December 6, 2005

Source: Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund

On December 6, 2005 a Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund Press Report stated, "Last month the House Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations held a briefing on the Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2005 (WRFA). This piece of legislation would provide greater protection against discrimination for people of faith. WRFA will require employers to reasonably accommodate the religious needs of their employees in the workplace. Typical examples covered by WRFA include allowing for religious...

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Citizens of Bowling Green Celebrate a Variety of Religious Holidays this Winter

December 6, 2005

Source: The BG News

http://www.bgnews.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/12/06/4396eb369d239

On December 6, 2005 The BG News ran a feature article on various religious holidays celebrated by students at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. "Senior Shantha Das... [celebrates Hindu] religious holidays, such as Diwali. Known as the festival of lights, Diwali is a five-day holiday celebrated around Christmas time. This year Diwali began on Nov. 1... [According...

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Two Men Found Guilty of Beating Sikh Man in Queens, Acquitted of Hate Crime

December 6, 2005

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/newyork/nyc-sikh1206,0,4807165.story?coll=ny-top-headlines

On December 6, 2005 Newsday reported, "Five men accused of badly beating a Sikh man in Queens last year were acquitted of hate crime charges Monday, but each was convicted of a single charge for their role in the attack.

The men, who live in Long Island and Queens, were exonerated of the most serious charge of...

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