Sikhism

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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Kerry Offends Sikhs With Comments on Violence

February 6, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/2004/Feb/06/181_562482,00050001.htm

On February 6, 2004 Hindustan Times reported, "Sikh organisations in the US have taken strong exception to reported remarks of current democratic frontrunner in the US presidential race Senator John Kerry, for what they called, "singling out adherents of Sikh religion as terrorists" and demanded an apology from him. The Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART...

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Knife-Maker Victorinox Creating Line of Khalsa Merchandise for Sikhs

February 6, 2004

Source: The Indian Express

http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=28060

On February 6, 2004 The Indian Express reported, "For the first time, in a product initiative aimed at any religious community, [Swiss knife-maker] Victorinox is planning to have a world launch of a range of Khalsa merchandise, including kirpans, on the eve of Baisakhi on April 13. Victorinox has also jumped onto the bandwagon of India’s ‘feel good’ campaigners with...

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Sikh Leader Appeals to UN: Treat Sikhs as Religious and Cultural Minority

February 5, 2004

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/475954.cms

On February 5, 2004 The Times of India reported, "Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Gurcharan Singh Tohra has made an appeal to United Nations (UN) secretary general Kofi A Annan to issue an advisory note to all countries, especially France, to treat Sikhs as religious and cultural minority and to give them all facilities guaranteed under the UN declarations...

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Controversy Surrounds UNICEF Calendar With No Hindu or Sikh Holidays

February 5, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_561918,00050003.htm

On February 5, 2004 the Hindustan Times reported, "A major controversy erupted after UNICEF's UK branch printed a diary ignoring Hindu and Sikh religious festivals while listing religious festivals from Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism. The diary which contains 25 days associated with Christianity, three days linked to Islam, two days for Judaism and one day for Buddhism...

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Members of Congress Speak Out Against French Ban

February 4, 2004

Source: The Sikh Coalition

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

On February 4, 2004 The Sikh Coalition reported that Congressmen Mike Honda (D-CA) and Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) sent a memo to members of Congress and urged them to sign onto a letter to the French Government. This letter expresses concern over the French ban of articles of faith in schools. The letter reads, in part: "On February 10, 2004, the French Parliament will vote on legislation to restrict religious...

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Sikhs Undertake "Last-Ditch" Protest Against Ban of Religious Symbols

February 2, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0202/p01s02-woeu.html

On February 2, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "[T]he Sikhs of France are...launching a last-ditch defense of their distinctive turbans in the face of a proposed French law banning conspicuous religious symbols that threatens to keep their boys out of school. In doing so, they are asking the French state to reconsider fundamental elements of what it means by national...

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Sikh Basketball Players in WA

February 1, 2004

Source: Associated Press

http://www.kgw.com/sharedcontent/APStories/stories/D80ELIV00.html

On February 1, 2004 The Associated Press reported, "East is East and West is West. Rudyard Kipling wrote that in his ballad about the divergence of world cultures. Yet University High, where the two have met amicably on the hardwood, defies Kipling's thesis. The turbans worn by Titan basketball players Inderbir Gill and Sukhdeep 'Sunny' Khehra while playing in the...

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Interfaith Service in South Carolina

January 31, 2004

Source: The State

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/7840904.htm

On January 31, 2004 The State reported, "People of faith from a wide range of traditions came together at Washington Street United Methodist Church Friday night to affirm their commitment to fight poverty and injustice in the world. The interfaith worship service, which drew a diverse crowd of more than 200, was part of the People’s Agenda for Economic Justice, a two-day effort...

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Thousands of Sikhs from Europe, India Protest Ban of Religious Symbols

January 31, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3448239.stm

On January 31, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Several hundred Sikhs from across Europe have protested in Paris against a proposed law which would ban religious symbols from French schools. France's Sikh community of about 6,000 is outraged that they were not consulted when the law was drawn up...Some 2-3,000 Sikhs, the men all in turbans, marched from the Place de la Republique, the starting point for Paris street...

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Pope Issues Statements to Sikhs on French Religious Symbols Ban

January 30, 2004

Source: SikhNetwork

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

On January 30, 2004 the SikhNetwork reported, "[T]he Vatican issued a message from His Holiness Pope John Paul II to Tarlochan Singh, Chairman National Commission for Minorities in India in response to Tarlochan Singh's previous communication to the Vatican regarding the proposed ban on the turban for Sikhs in the schools of France...[The Pope writes,] 'Communities of believers, an expression of the religious...

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Punjab Sikh Leaders Ask France to View Turbans Separately in Religious Symbols Ban

January 29, 2004

Source: Yahoo! News

http://in.news.yahoo.com/040129/43/2b6uq.html

On January 29, 2004 Yahoo! News posted an Indo-Asian News Service article that reported, "Sikh leaders and religious groups from Punjab have asked the French government to review a proposed law banning the wearing of turbans and other types of headgear in public institutions and workplaces. The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), the apex body that manages the religious affairs of the Sikh...

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