Sikhism

Women Permitted to Take Part in Two Sikh Rituals in Golden Temple

August 8, 2005

Source: Outlook India

Wire Service: PTI

http://www.outlookindia.com/pti_news.asp?id=315774

On August 8, 2005 the Press Trust of India reported, "In a path breaking move in the Sikh religion, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee today allowed women to perform religious service in the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple and threw open to them participation in another ritual hitherto reserved for men. 'Dharam Salahkaar Board' at a...

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Update: French Government Allows Sikh Students to Wear Under-Turbans

August 7, 2005

Source: The Panthic Weekly

http://www.panthic.org/news/124/ARTICLE/1650/2005-08-07.html?

On August 7, 2005 The Panthic Weekly reported, "The French Government has taken the positive step in allowing Sikh students to wear ‘patkas’ (under-turbans) while at school. It is being reported that this is due to certain behind-the-scenes intervention by the Government of India, along with the efforts of the Sikh community in France and in the European Union...

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Post 9-11 Workplace Discrimination Claims Continue

August 7, 2005

Source: Salt Lake Tribune / USA Today

http://www.sltrib.com/business/ci_2922645

On August 7, 2005 USA Today reported, "Nearly four years after the terrorist attacks, Muslim, South Asian and Arab-American employees continue to report discrimination on the job. Compared with the first two years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the number of employees saying they have been discriminated against as a form of backlash because of the attacks has declined. But charges continue to come in...

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Faith Groups Oppose Compulsory ID Cards

August 7, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,2763,1544226,00.html

On August 7, 2005 The Guardian reported, "Mounting concerns over the government's plans to introduce compulsory ID cards were given fresh impetus yesterday after it emerged that Britain's major religions oppose the scheme. A previously unpublicised report, produced by the Faith Community Consultation (FCC) consortium, which comprises representatives from the country's...

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Sikh Wins Rights to Wear Patka to City Pool

August 7, 2005

Source: The Panthic Weekly

http://www.panthic.org/news/123/ARTICLE/1636/2005-08-07.html?sid=bc7e225be6c5c1faa3c84d6d791717d6

On August 7, 2005 The Panthic Weekly reported, "Ramdas Singh Khalsa, a young Sikh, who was denied entry to the local Van Cortland Park swimming pool on Friday July 22nd has won his rights to wear his patka (a small turban) in the City Pool. He was told that if he wanted to use the pool he had to wear...

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London Police Met Hosts Meeting with Youth to Discuss Issues Since London Bombings

August 7, 2005

Source: The Panthic Weekly

http://www.panthic.org/news/124/ARTICLE/1652/2005-08-07.html?sid=bc7e225be6c5c1faa3c84d6d791717d6

On August 7, 2005 The Panthic Weekly reported, "The London Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur chaired meeting to discuss issues faced by the youth of various communities. The police was interested in discussing how the communities felt, the issues and solutions. The police also...

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Buddhist, Sikh and Hindu Temples Flourishing in the "Inland" Area

August 7, 2005

Source: The Press-Enterprise

On August 7, 2005 The Press-Enterprise reported, "Buddhist temples take root in communities from San Bernardino and Riverside to Moreno Valley, Wildomar and Idyllwild. A Hindu temple in Riverside is growing so rapidly that a major expansion is near. UC Riverside recently established an endowed chair in Sikh studies. The increasingly visible presence of Buddhist, Hindu and Sikh temples in the Inland area is the result of a rapidly growing Asian population, fueled largely by immigration, residents said....

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National Commission on Minorities Urged by VHP to Declare Sikhism a Separate Faith

August 7, 2005

Source: The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20050808/punjab1.htm#14

On August 7, 2005 The Tribune reported, "The Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities and MP, Mr. Tarlochan Singh, in a letter to Mr. Ashok Singhal, working president of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), has urged to give a categorical statement that Sikhism is a separate religion and has a distinct identity. Mr. Tarlochan Singh, in the letter released to ‘The Tribune...

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Survey Finds Doctors Likely to Come from Religious Minority Groups

August 5, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/172/story_17227_1.html

On August 5, 2005 Religion News Service reported, "Physicians are often every bit as religious as their patients, but what they believe is apt to be quite different, according to a new survey. That's because a disproportionate percentage of physicians come from religious minority groups, according to University of Chicago research published in the...

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Sikh Woman Fired for Refusing to Remove Turban

August 4, 2005

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1191250.cms

On August 4, 2005 The Times of India reported, "The Sikh Coalition has filed a discrimination complaint with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in New York on behalf of a Sikh woman who was fired from her job for allegedly refusing to remove her turban.

Sukhvir Kaur's manager, Rashid Paccas, also allegedly said to her that Sikhs were 'thieves,' and that he...

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Deptford Sikhs Prepare Proposal for New Gurdwara

August 2, 2005

Source: Courier-Post

http://www.courierpostonline.com/news/southjersey/m080205a.htm

On August 2, 2005 the Courier-Post reported, "It was Sunday morning and local Sikhs were holding a typical religious service, as they have since 1987. Their gurdwara, or house of worship, is a plain-looking building... The group, the Guru Nanak Sikh Society of Delaware Valley, wants to continue their services but in a new home: a traditional dome-topped building to be erected...

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Court Oath Lawsuit Begs Question of Pluralism in America

July 29, 2005

Source: The Christian Post

http://www.christianpost.com/article/society/1704/section/scriptures.lawsuit.places.focus.on.pluralism.in.america/1.htm

On July 29, 2005 The Christian Post reported, "A lawsuit in North Carolina asking that religious texts other than Bible to be used in court for swearing in has highlighted the challenges one city is experiencing as the nation becomes more diverse. In...

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Punjab Government Turns to Sikh Leaders for Help in Raising AIDS Awareness

July 29, 2005

Source: The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20050730/punjab1.htm#5

On July 29, 2005 The Tribune reported, "Unable to take AIDS awareness campaigns to the interiors of Punjab, the state government has decided to seek the support of religious organisations in spreading details about the virus and its fatal consequences. After much persuasion, Jathedar, Akal Takht Sahib, Mr Joginder Singh Vedanti, has committed full support of religious bodies in spreading...

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