Sikhism

Sikh Candidate Struggles to Garner Votes

March 14, 2004

Source: The Indian Press

http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=42962

On March 14, 2004 The Indian Press reported, "He was always a long-shot candidate, but if the polls are any guide, Sikh millionaire Chirinjeev Kathuria’s groundbreaking run for the US Senate could come to an abrupt halt next week. A political novice with deep pockets and a compelling biography, the 39-year-old son of Indian immigrants has garnered global media coverage...

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Update: Sikh Teens Fabricated Story of Attack

March 11, 2004

Source: New York Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/nyc-njsikh0311,0,1902745.story?coll=nyc-regionhome-headlines

On March 11, 2004 New York Newsday reported, "Two Sikh teenagers who told police they were attacked by five men who yanked off their turbans and cut off their hair apparently fabricated the story, police said. Lodi Police Chief Vincent J. Caruso said Wednesday that the pair — 18-year-old Simrandeep Singh...

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Editorial: Kirpan Should be Allowed in Schools; Compromises Must be Made in Name of Religious Freedom

March 10, 2004

Source: Montreal Gazette

http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/editorials/story.asp?id=FC7FDEC0-0880-40A3-A6E5-9B9EC2D58A6F

On March 10, 2004 the Montreal Gazette ran an editorial about the recent ruling in which a Quebec court banned kirpans (the ceremonial Sikh daggers) from public schools. The editorial board wrote in defense of Sikhs' right to carry the kirpan, arguing, "If the Sikh ceremonial dagger...

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Editorial: "Speculative Danger" Not Grounds for Denial of Religious Freedom

March 9, 2004

Source: The Globe and Mail

http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20040309/EKIRPAN09/Comment/Idx

On March 9, 2004 The Globe and Mail ran an editorial on the recent Quebec court decision to ban kirpan, the Sikh ceremonial dagger, from public schools, arguing in favor of Sikh students' rights to wear kirpan. The editorial board wrote, "In saying that public safety takes precedence over religious freedom, Quebec's...

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Washington State Passes Resolution Honoring 400th Anniversary of Guru

March 9, 2004

Source: Sikhnet

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

On March 9, 2004 Sikhnet reported, "On Tuesday, March 9th, the Washington State Legislature passed a special resolution to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the installation of the Guru Granth Sahib. The Washington State Senate held a special session during which Democratic Senator Margarita Prentice from District 11 spoke about the Sikh community, their history and contributions to American life. The entire Senate...

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Sikh Family to Appeal Decision to Ban Kirpan from Schools

March 6, 2004

Source: The Montreal Gazette

http://www.canada.com/montreal/news/story.asp?id=0982D950-4755-432D-AAD0-CD2579C53002

On March 6, 2004 The Montreal Gazette reported, "Reversing a lower court decision Thursday, the Quebec Court of Appeal has outlawed the wearing of the kirpan, the Sikh ceremonial dagger, in schools. But the family of the boy at the centre of the controversy, 14-year-old Gurbaj Singh of LaSalle, isn't giving up. He and his...

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Quebec Rules Against Sikh Student Wearing Kirpan in School

March 5, 2004

Source: CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2004/03/05/canada/kirpan040305

On March 5, 2004 the CBC News reported, "Security concerns are more important than a Sikh student's right to wear a ceremonial dagger to school, the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday. The ruling overturned a lower court judgment, which had affirmed the right of Gurbaj Singh Multani to wear his kirpan at l'Ecole Sainte-Catherine-Laboure. The Quebec government, the Marguerite-Bourgeoys...

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Bill to End Racial Profiling in Congress

March 5, 2004

Source: Sikhnet

http://www.sikhnet.com/s/ERPA2004

On March 5, 2004 Sikhnet reported, "On February 26th, the End Racial Profiling Act of 2004 (ERPA) was introduced in the US Congress. The legislation, launched with bipartisan support in the House (H.R. 3847) and the Senate (S. 2132), would curb profiling by law enforcement officials on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity or national origin... The practice of racial profiling occurs when law enforcement relies on race, ethnicity,...

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Sikh Teenagers Allege Attackers Cut Off Their Hair

March 5, 2004

Source: New York Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-nj--sikhsassaulted0305mar05,0,6798752.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

On March 5, 2004 New York Newsday reported that "two Sikh teenagers told police they were beaten and robbed by a group of men who yanked off their turbans and cut off their hair. The teens said they were at a bus stop Wednesday night when three men approached them and...

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Interfaith Prayers Bring Healing to Boston's Logan Airport

March 4, 2004

Source: The Milford Daily News

http://www.milforddailynews.com/artsCulture/view.bg?articleid=42933

On March 4, 2004 The Milford Daily News reported, "Ellen Band has brought prayer into the noisy bustle of everyday life. Now, while travelers rush through Logan Airport, they hear sacred words and sounds from the world's great religions wafting through the elevated walkway to Terminal E. Band's intriguing audio installation rearranges and broadcasts a mix...

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Florida Sikhs Gather to Discuss Ways to Increase Awareness

March 1, 2004

Source: The Tampa Tribune

http://news.tbo.com/news/MGAXBY61ARD.html

On March 1, 2004 The Tampa Tribune reported, "On Sunday, more than 100 Sikhs attending services at Sikh Gurdwara on Morris Bridge Road talked about ways to educate people about their religion, Sikhism, and their culture. About half a dozen members of The University of Florida Students in Free Enterprise led the discussion and offered ways to increase awareness. Sikhism, with about 20 million followers, is the...

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Patriotic Sikhs Unable to Enlist Due to Uniform Standards

February 27, 2004

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/8344503p-9274398c.html

On February 27, 2004 The Sacramento Bee reported, "When the U.S. Army called Bikram Singh to recruit him two years ago, he didn't hesitate. If the Army wanted him, he wanted the Army. The army wouldn't take him, though, unless he shed his turban and shaved his beard. Singh believes, however, that God made him perfect as-is... While his religion is based on this...

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Civic Leaders Support Cop Known for Helping Sikhs

February 26, 2004

Source: New York Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/crime/nyc-nydet263686551feb26,0,7871271.story?coll=nyc-homepage-headlines

On February 26, 2004 New York Newsday reported, "A community affairs cop in Queens is receiving an outpouring of support after he was accused of accepting kickbacks and placed on modified duty. As Internal Affairs Bureau investigators go door-to-door on Jamaica and Liberty...

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Winners Announced in Interfaith Space Competition

February 26, 2004

Source: Market Wire

http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release_html_b1?release_id=63725

On February 26, 2004 Market Wire reported, "The Interfaith Sacred Space International Design Competition today announced four winning entries in the first competition in the history of religion designed specifically to identify concepts for truly interfaith sacred space. The competition's goal is to encourage creation of spaces designed for use by peoples of all faiths, as a...

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