Sikhism

McDonald's Settlement Over Vegetarian Fries Benefits Hindu Organizations

July 4, 2005

Source: Hinduism Today

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2005/7/4.shtml#5

On July 4, 2005 Hinduism Today reported, "This week the food giant McDonald's mailed a check for US $254,773.19 to Hinduism Today magazine's endowment fund (Hindu Heritage Endowment), one of a handful of elite vegetarian-friendly institutions in America chosen as recipients of the court-ordered $10 million settlement...It was all started by a Seattle lawyer, Harish Bharti, a vegetarian Hindu who...

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Significant Presence of Sikhs Added to Independence Day Parade in Washington DC

July 1, 2005

Source: SikhNet News

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/TodaysNewsHTML/743BE545D37E707E872570310076347E!OpenDocument

On July 1, 2005 SikhNet News reported, "For the first time in Washington D.C in the nation's Capitol, Sikhs will be part of the grand Independence Day Parade. There will over 100 floats depicting American life and culture in this parade. This parade is a popular event among the whole day celebratory...

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Sikh-Run Colleges Deny Applicants Based on "Non-Sikh" Physical Appearance

July 1, 2005

Source: The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20050702/punjab1.htm#9

On July 1, 2005 The Tribune reported, "If you consider yourself a Sikh and thought getting admission to the two engineering colleges run by the SGPC [Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, the ruling body based in the main Sikh temple at Amritsar, India] was a cake walk, you may be wrong. The authorities of the religious body have become all-time strict regarding compliance of the norms...

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British Medical Association Backs Use of Sterile Hijabs and Turbans by Doctors in Surgery

June 30, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/medicine/story/0,11381,1517680,00.html

On June 30, 2005 The Guardian reported, "Hospitals should provide a new range of sterile headwear to allow doctors to observe religious traditions without risking the spread of MRSA and other infections, the BMA decided yesterday. They should include 'theatre hijabs' made from material that could be easily sterilised, allowing Muslim women doctors to cover their faces...

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School Located on Gurdwara Premises Demolished

June 30, 2005

Source: The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20050701/nation.htm#25

On June 30, 2005 The Tribune reported, "Demolition of the school structure, perhaps, that’s not what the Khalsa Boys’ Primary School authorities would expect in its diamond jubilee year. But, that’s what the school, established in 1930 on the premises of Gurdwara Bangla Sahib got as a gift from the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC). Guru Harkishan Girls...

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Study Launched on Improving Care for Muslim and Sikh Terminal Patients

June 27, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4627509.stm

On June 27, 2005 BBC News reported, "A study has been launched to improve the care of terminally ill Sikh and Muslim patients. With funding from the Chief Scientist Office, Professor Aziz Sheikh of Edinburgh University will ask patients and carers about end of life needs. He says palliative care services are focused on the elderly dying from cancer - yet migrants to Britain often die younger and from other...

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Indo-Canadians Struggle to Understand, Respond to, Honor Killings

June 26, 2005

Source: Macleans/CP

http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/news/shownews.jsp?content=n062604A

On June 26, 2005 the Canadian Press reported, "Indo-Canadian community activists say it's time that families like the Atwals [where the father murdered his daughter because she was secretly dating a Caucasian man] who are caught in a cultural crossfire with their Canadian-born children realize they should seek help.

And they believe social agencies need...

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Update: Protecting "People Not Faiths," Religious Hatred Bill Moves Forward

June 22, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/4114582.stm

On June 22, 2005 BBC News reported, "The government has survived a backbench revolt over its plans for a new law to ban the incitement to religious hatred. An amendment from a coalition of Tory and Lib Dem MPs to block the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill failed by 303 votes to 246, giving a majority of 57.

Critics, including comic actor Rowan Atkinson, say the measure will limit...

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Religious Hate Bill Faces Late Rebellion

June 21, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/homeaffairs/story/0,11026,1511254,00.html

On June 21, 2005 The Guardian reported, "The government faces a backbench rebellion tonight on one of its flagship manifesto pledges, when MPs vote on whether to create a new offence of 'inciting religious hatred.' Twenty-five Labour MPs rebelled when the measure was last put before parliament. Now, with Labour's majority reduced to 68 at the election, and...

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Delegation of Sikhs Meet with White House's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

June 20, 2005

Source: Sikh Council on Religion and Education

http://www.sikhcouncilusa.org/article.aspx?article=evtwhitehouse1

On June 20, 2005 the Sikh Council on Religion and Education reported, "20 Sikhs from all across America met with Senior officials at the White House to explore the possibility of receiving federal funding to support programs run by various Sikh organizations. The Sikh group led by Dr. Rajwant Singh, Chairman of Sikh Council on Religion and...

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Editorial: Convocation on Hunger Illustrated Positive Impact of Religion on Politics

June 17, 2005

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0617/p08s01-comv.html?s=hns

On June 17, 2005 The Christian Science Monitor ran an editorial that commented on the interfaith "convocation on hunger" held in Washington, D.C. The Monitor writes, "Even a corner-of-the-eye glance at US politics this past year and the conclusion is obvious: Religion has played a polarizing role... To counter this trend, more than 40 US denominations took part in a...

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Update: Sikh Who Fabricated Hate Crime Will Not Be Charged

June 15, 2005

Source: The Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20050609/BCTEEN09/TPSports/Other

On June 15, 2005 The Globe and Mail reported, "The 17-year-old Sikh who fabricated a story that he was attacked by five Caucasian men won't be charged, a spokesman for the Richmond RCMP said yesterday. Instead, the young man will meet with his parents, the RCMP and Sikh community members to talk about the...

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Sikhs Among Those Concerned About New Political Asylum Law

June 15, 2005

Source: East Bay Express

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/issues/2005-06-15/news/feature.html

On June 15, 2005 the East Bay Express reported, "Last month, President Bush signed into law the Real ID Act of 2005, which makes it tougher for torture victims to gain asylum in the United States. Republicans have championed the law as a new weapon in the war on terror, but immigration lawyers and human-rights groups view it as a misguided assault on the United...

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"Cold War" Among Religious Groups Said to be Ending As Groups Try to Find Common Ground

June 15, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/14/AR2005061401531.html

On June 15, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "After a year in which religion played a polarizing role in U.S. politics, many religious leaders are eager to demonstrate that faith can be a uniter, not just a divider. The buzzwords today in pulpits and seminaries are crossover, convergence, common cause and shared values....

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