Sikhism

Sikhs Must Trade Turbans for Hair Nets in Public Schools

May 17, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/146/story_14604_1.html

On May 17, 2004 Beliefnet.com posted an Associated Press article that reported, "Sikh school boys must exchange their turbans for a hair net when a new law banning religious apparel in France's public schools takes effect in September, Education Minister Francois Fillon said Monday, shocking representatives of the Sikh community. Muslim girls can only wear bandannas in schools that...

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Muslims, Sikhs, and Law Enforcement Officials Build Bridges in Utah

May 13, 2004

Source: The Deseret News Publishing Company

http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,595062821,00.html

On May 13, 2004 The Deseret News Publishing Company reported, " J.B. Singh's pet peeve is being associated with Osama bin Laden because of his beard and turban. Apart from the fact he's not a terrorist, Singh is also a Sikh, not a Muslim. Muslim Suzanne Montgomery says she's sometimes treated like she's unintelligent, just because she chooses to dress in traditional...

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Fourth Annual Sikh Charity Bike Ride Held in London

May 12, 2004

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/s/SikhBikeRide2004

On May 12, 2004 SikhNet reported, "The Fourth annual Sikh Charity bike ride took place [in London] on a misty Sunday morning on May 2nd 2004. The bike ride started after a brief prayer at 10:00 AM from Gurdwara Singh Sabha London East Sevenkings and concluded successfully at 2:00 pm after a 15-mile circular route of East London Boroughs of Redbridge, Newham, and Barking and Dagenham. The route was planned to touch the...

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Sikh Man Refused Entry to Hotel Dining Room Over Refusal to Remove Turban

May 12, 2004

Source: The Australian

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9542527%255E1702,00.html

On May 12, 2004 The Australian reported, "A Sikh man who was asked to remove his turban in an Adelaide hotel dining room will lodge a discrimination complaint. But the hotel denied being prejudiced against Saroop Singh Johal, saying it was strict hotel policy for diners to remove headwear, SBS radio's World View program said...

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Sikhs and Hindus Plan Temples in MI

May 10, 2004

Source: The Grand Rapids Press

http://www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ssf?/base/news-14/108420034586000.xml

On May 10, 2004 The Grand Rapids Press reported, "Two Indian religious groups have announced plans to build temples in Cascade Township. West Michigan Hindu Temple closed a deal on 5.7 acres on Whitneyville Road south of 48th Street SE, though the group still is raising the estimated $600,000 to $800,000 it will need to construct a...

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At Vaisakhi Festival, Sikh Leader Calls for Rights to Wear Turban and Kirpan

May 5, 2004

Source: The Mississauga News

http://www.mississauga.com/mi/news/story/1881378p-2195672c.html

On May 5, 2004 The Mississauga News reported, "The High Priest for 20 million Sikhs around the world says Canada should always recognize the legal rights of Sikhs to wear turbans and kirpans (ceremonial swords). Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti advocated religious freedom, peace and service to the community Sunday afternoon when he joined 100,000 local Sikhs to...

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Muslim Boy Wounded By Sikh's Ceremonial Sword at Religious Festival

May 5, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/west_midlands/3688201.stm

On May 5, 2004 the BBC News reported, "A 16-year-old Muslim boy was wounded at a religious festival by a Sikh wielding a ceremonial sword. West Midlands Police are treating Sunday's incident at the Vaisakhi Mela in Walsall as racially aggravated. Faisal Mehmood says he was hit with a sword before it was unsheathed and his arm was slashed. Two Sikh pupils have since...

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Yuba City District to Teach Sikhism in Schools

May 5, 2004

Source: Sikh Net

http://www.sikhnet.com/s/YubaCitySchools

On May 5, 2004 Sikh Net reported, "While many American Sikhs have faced a lot of harassment and misunderstanding since 9/11, the Yuba City Unified School District has taken an important step to address this issue. All students in this school district will be offered educational materials about Sikhs and their beliefs. First-graders will be given the opportunity to use a coloring book called, 'The Boy with Long Hair'(...

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Profile of a Sikh Cyber-Activist

May 4, 2004

Source: The Oakland Tribune

http://www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/0,1413,82~1726~2126289,00.html

On May 4, 2004 The Oakland Tribune reported, " Vicky Singh was a high school student in Georgia when he met a man who changed his life. 'He was a very old person, a World War II veteran,' said Singh, now 21. 'He was happy to see me with a turban -- even though I didn't know him -- and he said he served with a group of Sikhs in World War II. He said, 'Your...

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Police Dept. Found Guilty of Discrimination in Sikh Turban Case

May 4, 2004

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2004/LAW/04/30/turban.cop/

On May 4, 2004 CNN reported, "An administrative law judge has found the New York Police Department guilty of religious discrimination by banning a Sikh police officer from wearing a turban while on the job. Jasjit Singh Jaggi, a former traffic enforcement agent with the department, filed the complaint with the city's Commission on Human Rights in June 2002. He said the department discriminated against him because it...

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It's Time For NYPD to Give Up Ban on Turbans

May 3, 2004

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vpsik033783716may03,0,4427659.story?coll=ny-editorials-headlines

On May 3, 2004 Newsday reported, "Amric Singh Rathour and Jasjit Singh Jaggi share more than name and religion. The devout Sikh men wanted to be New York City traffic agents so much that they sought legal redress to wear banned turbans with their uniforms. An administrative law judge ruled in Jaggi's...

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Sikh Leader Hopes to Transform a Nation Through Education

May 1, 2004

Source: The Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/8566500.htm?1c

On May 1, 2004 The Contra Costa Times published an inteview with Balvinder Singh, "one of four priests at the Sri Guru Ravidass Temple in Pittsburg, CA. The temple attracts Sikhs throughout the Bay Area and holds a large service on Sundays where one family within the congregation is celebrated and prepares a meal shared with all." In the interview, Singh insists...

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Arabs and Sikhs Guard Against the Threat Within

May 1, 2004

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/9134319p-10059952c.html

On May 1, 2004 The Sacramento Bee reported, "Since the terrorist attacks against Washington and New York in 2001, thousands of American citizens have found themselves victimized by fellow Americans who thought they looked 'too Arab.' Who thought they seemed 'suspicious.' Who thought they didn't belong. Dalvir Sangha is one of these Americans, a quiet 46-year-old...

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