Sikhism

Sikhs in British Columbia Debate Issue of Same-Sex Marriage

July 14, 2005

Source: CBC News

http://vancouver.cbc.ca/regional/servlet/View?filename=bc_same-sex-20050714&ref=rss

On July 14, 2005 CBC News reported, "At the same time as Bill C-38 – the law that would sanction same-sex marriage – is before the Senate, some Sikh temples in Surrey are circulating a petition against it... [T]he vice-president of the Guru Nanak Temple in Surrey [Sanhdu Samra]... says many people are telling him they don't...

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Sikh Student Rejects School’s Kirpan Decision

July 13, 2005

Source: United Sikhs

http://www.unitedsikhs.org/PressReleases/COMVCE-02-07-2005-00.htm

On July 13, 2005 United Sikhs reported, "A 16 year old Sikh school girl has rejected her school's decision to allow her to wear her Kirpan only if it is welded shut to the sheath. Fortunately for her, she will not have to face the consequences of the school's ruling because she has been selected to complete her schooling at the University of North Texas, under a...

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"Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath" Retraces Cross-Country Journey

July 13, 2005

Source: Sikhnet

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/DWF_Release_7_13_05.pdf

On July 13, 2005 a Sikhnet Press Release announced, "Final production begins today on Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath (anticipated release: early 2006), an independent film that follows a student’s journey documenting prejudice and hate crimes in the Sikh, Muslim, and Arab American communities during the aftermath of 9/11. The story centers on third-generation...

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Indian PM's Address to Congress Presents Opportunity for Americans to Learn About Sikhism

July 13, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News/Sikh Awareness

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050713/daw007.html?.v=16

On July 13, 2005 a Sikh Awareness press release reported, "On July 19, 2005 the prime minister of India and a member of the Sikh faith, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will address the U.S. Congress, marking the first trip to the United States by an Indian prime minister since 9/11. As a Sikh, Dr. Singh will be wearing a dastar, or turban, an essential symbol of the Sikh faith worn by all Sikh...

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Parliamentary Group for Sikhs Launched

July 12, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4675079.stm

On July 12, 2005 BBC News reported, "A group of UK parliamentarians have set up a new group to help represent British Sikhs. Peers and MPs hope the group will help improve government decisions about issues affecting the Sikh community. The All Party Parliamentary Group for UK Sikhs (APPG) will be chaired by Wolverhampton South West MP Rob Marris. 'The level of interest shown in the APPG from all...

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Sikh Hate Crime Victim Files Civil Suit Against Attackers

July 12, 2005

Source: Sikh Coalition

http://www.sikhcoalition.org/ca_rhill.asp

On July 12, 2005 the Sikh Coalition reported, "One year after a brutal beating by five men yelling ethnic and religious epithets, Rajinder Singh Khalsa announced that he is filing a civil suit against his attackers. The lawsuit marks the first time a Sikh hate crime victim has filed a civil suit against his attackers.

Mr. Khalsa was unable to work for months after the beating. He also accumulated...

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At First Christian Church, Regular Interfaith Service a "Model for Humanity"

July 12, 2005

Source: Oregon Daily Emerald

On July 12, 2005 the Oregon Daily Emerald reported, "First Christian Church held its 46th consecutive interfaith prayer and reflection service Monday. Nearly 200 community members met this month to 'pray for peace' and 'reflect upon the interconnectedness of all beings,' according to a First Christian Church pamphlet.

The service has been held on the 11th of every month since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Followers of any and every faith are invited to come together as a community to '...

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Update: Sikh Participation in Independence Day Parade Gathers Crowd

July 12, 2005

Source: Sikhnet

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/33BC1CE22689401D8725703C00685086!OpenDocument

On July 12, 2005 Sikhnet reported, "60 Sikh men, women and children performing Gatka - Sikh martial art performance- enthralled the spectators at the US Independence Day parade. Young Sikhs, mostly born and brought up in America, took the center stage in the national festivities marking America’s...

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Employer Violated Religious Principles of Sikh Workers by Cutting Their Hair

July 10, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AP

http://asia.news.yahoo.com/050710/ap/d8b8fgn81.html

On July 10, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A Malaysian employer forcibly cut the hair of three of her Sikh employees from India and prohibited them from wearing turbans _ a grave violation of the religion's centuries-old custom, a newspaper reported Sunday.

'Our employer said we were not allowed to wear a turban as we would not be...

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World Sikh Council Condemns Bombings in London, Calls for Prevention of Hate Crimes

July 10, 2005

Source: Worldwide Faith News

http://www.wfn.org/2005/07/msg00107.html

On July 10, 2005 Worldwide Faith News posted a press release from the World Sikh Council that reported, "The World Sikh Council - America Region (WSC-AR), on behalf of the US Sikh community, strongly condemns the recent heinous bombings in London. We are shocked and grieved at this human tragedy...The British Government has shown some restraint in not stereotyping any minority community with collective guilt. We...

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Greenwich Interfaith Forum Denounces Attacks

July 9, 2005

Source: Greenwich Time

http://www.greenwichtime.com/news/local/scn-gt-greenwichjul10,0,4406121.story?coll=green-news-local-headlines

On July 9, 2005 Greenwich Time reported, "The Greenwich Multi-Faith Forum, a British interfaith organization that promotes religious tolerance, expressed its condolences to bombing victims and their families.

'We support all the people who suffer,' said Saeed Ahmad, the...

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Sacramento Governor Honors Sikh Woman in National Guard

July 8, 2005

Source: Sikh Sangat / SikhPoint

http://www.sikhsangat.org/publish/article_152.shtml

On July 8, 2005 SikhPoint reported, "Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante recently honored Ms. Ranbir Kaur with a resolution in recognition of her outstanding dedication to her community and her country. 'I am pleased to commend Ranbir Kaur for her commitment to serving our great state and our nation and for actively pursuing her dream to help others as a nurse,' Bustamante said in a statement...

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