Sikhism

Sikh Crossing Guard Plays Santa

December 22, 2003

Source: Herald Sun

http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,8231483%255E2862,00.html

On December 22, 2003 the Herald Sun reported, "All year, Gursharan Singh Bhatia is lollipop man at the Medina Rd crossing outside Glendal Primary School in Glen Waverley. But for the last few school days before Christmas, he leaves his traditional Sikh turban at home and doffs a Father Christmas hat. All the Glendal kids, their parents and...

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Vermont Sikh Makes Hospitality a Vocation

December 20, 2003

Source: The Brattleboro Reformer

http://www.reformer.com/Stories/0,1413,102~8862~1843031,00.html

On December 20, 2003 The Brattleboro Reformer published an article on how Gurudharm Singh Khalsa, the new group and corporate sales director for the Putney Road Quality Inn, is turning his responsibilities of welcoming guests and serving his community into ways of educating others on Sikhism. Khalsa comments that his job provides the perfect secular opportunity...

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Non-Christians Embrace Christmas in WA

December 19, 2003

Source: The Bellingham Herald

http://news.bellinghamherald.com/stories/20031219/TopStories/168888.shtml

On December 19, 2003 The Bellingham Herald reported on how Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, and Pagans celebrate the Christmas holiday season. Interviews reveal that many local Sikhs exchange gifts, that some local Muslims put up Christmas trees, and that Jews sometimes celebrate secular Christmas along with Hannukah. Pagan celebrationsoften involve time...

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Chicago Community Honors First Sikh to Die in Iraq

December 16, 2003

Source: Daily Herald

http://www.dailyherald.com/search/main_story.asp?intid=3797110

On December 16, 2003 the Daily Herald reported,"U.S. Army Spc. Uday Singh of Lake Forest has left an indelible mark on his Sikh community, which is hailing him a hero and martyr for giving his life in Iraq. Singh, who fought with American troops, was the first Indian casualty of the war. He died Dec. 1 after an attack on his unit in Habbaniyah. Now the 21-year-old is being...

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Sikhs Act as Mediators Between Hindus and Muslims in Nanded

December 14, 2003

Source: The Indian Express

http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=37174

On December 14, 2003 The Indian Express reported, "Last month the bombing of a mosque [in the North Indian city of Nanded] triggered riots that went on for a week. In a place where Hindus and Muslims clash at the drop of a grenade, the Sikh community plays the all-important role of the neutral party that often mediates and mends. They enjoy a peaceful existence away from the...

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Sikh Women's Conference Calls for Gender Equality

December 13, 2003

Source: Sikhnet

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

On December 13, 2003 Sikhnet reported that over two hundred delegates from the United States and Canada attended a Sikh Women's Conference at Oakland University. The conference was hosted by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the World Sikh Council – America Region.The conference focused on "the need to recognize and remove all barriers to change, and to adopt the philosophy and model laid...

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Sikh Man Files Complaint Against Subway Restaurant Over Turban Discrimination

December 11, 2003

Source: CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2003/12/11/subway_sikh031211

On December 11, 2003 CBC News reported, "A Sikh man who owns four Subway sandwich shops says he was told he couldn't wear his turban in his own stores. Hardip Singh Brah, who filed a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission, says a representative from the Subway chain visited one of his outlets and told him the traditional head gear wasn't part of the official Subway uniform. 'He said I...

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Update: Supervisors Will Appeal Court Ruling on Yuba City Temple

December 11, 2003

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/7935171p-8872512c.html

On December 11, 2003 The Sacramento Bee reported that "supervisors voted 5-0 to appeal last month's federal court ruling that they had erred when they used land-use regulations to block a new Sikh temple on 28 acres west of Yuba City. In a 48-page order, U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton struck down the supervisors' 2002 decision to deny the Guru Nanak Sikh...

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Sikh Leaders Demand Equal Rights

December 10, 2003

Source: Courier News

http://www.c-n.com/news/c-n/story/0,2111,867026,00.html

On December 10, 2003 the Courier News reported that "Sikh leaders, saying their beards and turbans have often made them targets for discrimination, gathered at the Statehouse on Tuesday to launch an information campaign aimed at ending hate-based insults they have endured since 9-11. The start of the New Jersey Sikh Civil Rights and Civic Initiative displayed a marked contrast to many...

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New Jersey Sikh Community Calls for an End to Discrimination

December 10, 2003

Source: The Sikh Coalition

On December 10, 2003 the New Jersey Sikh Coalition released a press statement announcing that, together with the Presidents of New Jersey's eight gurdwaras, they had released a state civil rights agenda. "The agenda, jointly agreed to by the leaders of New Jersey's 30,000 Sikhs, calls on state and federal officials to work more closely with the community to address discrimination in four areas of concern: hate crimes, employment discrimination, school harassment and profiling. Since September 11, 2001, Sikh Americans have...

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New Jersey Sikh Community Calls for an End to Discrimination

December 10, 2003

Source: Today's Sunbeam

http://www.nj.com/news/sunbeam/local/index.ssf?/base/news-2/1071040821212090.xml

On December 10, 2003 Today's Sunbeam reported that "New Jersey's 30,000 Sikhs, Asian Indian immigrants who sport turbans and beards and are often misidentified as extremist Muslims, are increasingly becoming the mistaken targets of anti-Muslim hate crimes, religious leaders said Tuesday. The Sikh Coalition, a national advocacy group,...

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In Phoenix, a Sikh Gurdwara Builds a Village

December 8, 2003

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/1208sikh08.html

On December 8, 2003 The Arizona Republic reported that a new gurdwara in Phoenix will be the focal point for the Valley's Sikh community, which has grown steadily in this neighborhood for the past 30 years. The Valley is home to more than 1,000 Sikh families from Glendale to north Scottsdale to Mesa, many of whom recently emigrated from India in the...

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Interfaith Forum Says Human Failings Responsible for Lack of Peace

December 7, 2003

Source: New Straits Times

http ://w ww.emedia.com.my/Current_News/NST/Monday/National/20031208074840/Article/

On December 7, 2003 the New Straits Times reported on a forum on "Religion and Violence: The Spiritual Response to Terrorism" held by the Malaysian Interfaith Network (MIN): "Speaking as chairman [of the MIN], [Datuk Anwar Fazal] saw much of the world not being at peace with itself because people were not at peace with themselves and, by that token, with others...Representatives of Islam, Christianity, Hinduism,...

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For Salt Lake Sikh Community, Giving Thanks is Universal

December 2, 2003

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/2003/Nov/11292003/saturday/saturday.asp

On December 2, 2003 The Salt Lake Tribune reported on the daily rituals of Sikhs practicing in the Salt Lake Valley. According to the article, local Sikhs worship in a gurdwara that "rises from an asphalt parking lot on Redwood Road in Taylorsville, looking like any second-rate office building except for the Sikh banner flying from its dagger-topped flagpole, an emblem...

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