Sikhism

Update: Religious Coverings Will be Allowed in Alabama License Photos

February 23, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_582341,0005.htm

On February 23, 2004 Hindustan Times reported, "The Sikhs and the Muslims have won their battle over a US state order against the wearing of turbans and head scarves while being photographed for driving licenses. Following a vigorous campaign by the two communities -- and a threat to file a class action lawsuit -- the Alabama state has changed its controversial rule on...

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British Sikhs Protest French Ban of Religious Symbols

February 21, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3508677.stm

On February 21, 2004 the BBC News reported, "British Sikhs have descended on the French embassy in London to protest against a planned ban on religious clothing in schools. Police estimate 800 people attended the demonstration in Knightsbridge to show solidarity with French Sikhs. Labour's John McDonnell, Bob Ainsworth, and Fiona MacTaggart joined protesters including Sikh World War II veterans. One organiser...

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Sikh Candidate Leaves a Diary of Campaign Life

February 20, 2004

Source: Sikhnet

http://www.sikhnet.com/s/KathuriaFeb2

On February 20, 2004 Sikhnet published Dr. Chirinjeev Singh Kathuria's second diary entry as he moves forward in his bid for the US Senate in the state of Illinois. Dr. Kathuria is currently campaigning to receive the Republican nomination for the US Senate seat. He writes: "One morning last week, while out at a meeting, I got an email from a gentleman who had just seen a picture of me in the media and wanted to know more about me...

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Editorial: Sikh Worship Space May Have Lessons for Muslims

February 18, 2004

Source: Muslim Wakeup!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/mainarchive/000550.php#more

On February 18, 2004 Muslim Wakeup! published an editorial on how Sikhs use worship space to separate men and women: "The Gurdwara is cut in two by an invisible barrier, one side for women and the other for men. Yet, there is no wall and no difference between the two spaces. This invisible line cuts the Gurdwara in half through its length, giving men and women the exact same amount of...

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After a Fire, Relationships Build Around Understanding Sikhs

February 16, 2004

Source: The Palladium Times

http://www.pall-times.com/articles/2004/02/11/news/news1.txt

On February 16, 2004 the reported, "On Nov. 18, 2001, several Oswego County teenagers set fire to a Sikh temple in Palermo because they mistook the name of the particular Sikh denomination, Gobind Sadan, for 'Go Bin Laden.' Several of the youth involved were from the Mexico Central School District, and feeling partly responsible for their actions, Mexico board of...

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Foreign Minister Says "Solution" Will Be Found to Sikh Opposition to Religious Symbols Law

February 13, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3483409.stm

On February 13, 2004 the BBC News reported, "The French Government says it will find a 'solution' for Sikhs who are angry at a proposed ban on turbans and other religious symbols in state schools. Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin made his remarks in India, where he has faced opposition over the issue. 'I am sure we are going to find a solution that will be satisfactory for the Sikh community in...

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Man Seeks to Preserve Heritage With Turban-Tying Lessons

February 11, 2004

Source: ChannelNewsAsia.com

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southasia/view/70501/1/.html

On February 11, 2004 ChannelNewsAsia.com reported, "The turban worn by male Sikh followers is one of the important symbols of their religion. And putting it on, does require certain skills. So one man has started special classes to teach these skills to the younger generation. Tying a six-metre piece of cloth on one's head definitely needs training and...

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Update: Kerry Apologizes for Comments Regarding Sikhs

February 10, 2004

Source: The Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/2004/Feb/10/181_567629,00050001.htm

On February 10, 2004 The Hindustan Times reported that "Senator John Kerry, who had raised the hackles of the Sikhs with a remark that was seen to equate the community with terrorism, has issued an apology and set the record straight. The apology by Kerry, the Democratic front-runner in the US presidential race, came just when the issue was threatening to...

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Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Increase in Perth

February 9, 2004

Source: The Straits Times

http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/world/story/0,4386,234248,00.html

On February 9, 2004 The Straits Times ran an Agence France Presse article that reported, "Perth's ethnic communities say worsening racial violence in which three Chinese restaurants were firebombed last week has led to fearful parents in Asia stopping their children from travelling to the city...Mr [Suresh] Rajan, [chairman of the Ethnic Communities Council...

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