Sikhism

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

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 to Birender Anand, a University sophomore], the biggest Sikh celebration commemorates the birth of the last guru. For this celebration, many Sikhs...

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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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Sikh Turbans Ruled Legal in Drivers� License Photos

December 5, 2005

Source: Outlook India

Wire Service: AP

http://www.outlookindia.com/pti_news.asp?id=339778

On December 5, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Sikhs can wear their turbans in drivers' licence photos, France's highest administrative body ruled today, overturning an order to deliver a licence to a Sikh who refused to take off his turban for the photo. The ruling does not apply to identity or residence cards. The Council of State, hearing a...

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Sikh Student Acquitted of Charges for Wearing Kirpan

December 5, 2005

Source: India Abroad

http://www.rediff.com/news/2005/dec/05sikh.htm

On December 5, 2005 India Abroad reported, "A 23-year-old Wayne State University student, who was arrested for carrying a kirpan, or a small knife on the university campus under the Detroit Knife Act has been acquitted of all charges thanks to United Sikhs and the American Civil Liberties Union. Sukhpreet Singh was arrested August 24, 2005, after two police officers asked him to either remove his kirpan or...

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Sikh Owned Security Company Voted Employer of the Year in Texas

December 5, 2005

Source: Akal Security

http://www.akalsecurity.com/NSEmployeroftheYear.htm

On December 5, 2005 Akal Security reported, "Akal Security, Inc. was named the 2005 Texas Workforce Employer of the Year at the Ninth Annual Texas Workforce Conference held from November 2 through 4 in Houston. Akal [a Sikh-owned security company], nominated by the Central Texas Workforce Board, also won an Employer Award of Excellence... The Texas Workforce Commission is the state government...

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Sikh Community Holds Blood Drive to Honor Martyrdom of 9th Guru

December 4, 2005

Source: Sunday Observer

http://www.ippmedia.com/ipp/observer/2005/12/04/55290.html

On December 4, 2005 the Sunday Observer reported, "Members of the Sikh community in Dar es Salaam congregated in the precincts of the library of the Sikh Temple last Sunday to carry out to conclusion a blood donation drive. The Blood Donation Camp was specifically organised to mark the occasion of the 330th years of the 'Shahidi-divvas' (martysdom day) of 'Hind-di-chaddar Shri...

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Sikh Girls Train in Traditional Sikh Martial Arts

December 4, 2005

Source: Sikh Sangat News

http://www.sikhsangat.org/publish/article_644.shtml

On December 4, 2005 Sikh Sangat News reported, "Students of Ramgarhia Girls Senior Secondary School, Millar Ganj, have another feather in their cap. A team of eight girls of the school is well-trained in gatka, the Sikh martial art, and have been applauded at various state level competitions conducted by Punjab School Education Board (PSEB). School Principal Kawaljit Kaur is proud of the...

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Yuba City Sikh Family Honored as Sutter County Family of the Year

December 3, 2005

Source: Appeal-Democrat

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/articles/2005/12/05/features/faith_and_family/faith1.txt

On December 3, 2005 the Appeal-Democrat reported, "Faith, family and community are the central pillars around which the lives of the Dr. Paramjit S. Everest family revolve. The focus earned them the title of Sutter County Family of the Year in ceremonies at River Valley High School in Yuba City... 51-year-old Everest, a...

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Hindus, Sikhs Raise Concerns Over Textbook Changes

December 2, 2005

Source: Pacific News Service/India West

http://news.pacificnews.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=1b63d3d5a0a0b090f2681949b840f93f

On December 2, 2005 India West reported, "Some Hindu and Sikh activists in the U.S. who have been trying in recent months to persuade the California Board of Education to adopt curriculum revisions in textbooks for elementary and middle school students say they are unhappy over the direction...

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Nebraska Interfaith Council Faces Funding Problems in Wake of Katrina and Rita

December 1, 2005

Source: Lincoln Journal Star

http://www.journalstar.com/articles/2005/12/01/local/doc438e2bcbd3680873724401.txt

On December 1, 2005 the Lincoln Journal Star reported, "Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast, but they also dealt a heavy blow to the Lincoln Interfaith Council. The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement failed to renew an annual grant of about $100,000 to support Faces of the Middle East and the African...

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Connecticut Interfaith Council Hosts Conference of Nine Faiths

December 1, 2005

Source: Hartford Courant

http://www.courant.com/features/lifestyle/hc-interfaith1201.artdec01,0,5736399.story?coll=hc-headlines-life

On December 1, 2005 the Hartford Courant reported, "Members of nine religious faiths will discuss what their beliefs mean to them during a conference Sunday at Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford. 'It's an occasion to help the community learn more about the nine religions...

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New York Sikh Community Hosts Interfaith Thanksgiving Feast

December 1, 2005

Source: Martin Marty Center

http://marty-center.uchicago.edu/sightings/archive_2005/1201.shtml

On December 1, 2005 the Martin Marty Center reported, "The Sikh community of New York City hosted a thanksgiving feast for local religious leaders, the NYPD, court officials, and a representative of the DA's office, hoping to initiate a program of hospitality and patriotism—and they succeeded with a little help from the Interfaith Center of New York, which co-...

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