Sikhism

Nation's Largest Sikh Temple to Open in San Jose, CA

May 12, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/5841336.htm

On May 12, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "the nation's largest Sikh temple soon will open atop a San Jose [CA] hillside, a 94,000 square-foot complex that will proclaim the local community's ties to India and its commitment to Silicon Valley... After a decade of navigating city politics, fending off a lawsuit and working with angry neighborhood groups to win approval for the $20...

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Editorials: Religions in Maine

May 8, 2003

Source: Casco Bay Weekly

http://www.cascobayweekly.com/cbw2003/cover/cover05.08.03-2.stm

On May 8, 2003 the Casco Bay Weekly published an editorial by Abraham J. Peck stating that "Professor Diana Eck of Harvard University argues in her recent book, A New Religious America: How a 'Christian Country' Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation, that 'the presupposition that America is foundationally Christian' is being challenged by a new...

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Multifaith Community in San Diego, CA

May 8, 2003

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

On May 8, 2003 the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "Harvard scholar Diana Eck calls America the most religiously diverse nation in the world – and San Diego is no different, home to faiths ranging from Baha'i to Wicca... Here is a look at representatives from four of these other faiths – a Buddhist, a Muslim, a Sikh and a Jew. They talk about their devotion to their beliefs – and how they feel about attempts to convert them."

Interfaith Group in Nebraska Gather for Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

May 8, 2003

Source: Lincoln Journal Star

http://www.journalstar.com/local.php?story_id=44413

On May 8, 2003 the Lincoln Journal Star reported that "prayers by people of many faiths marked the annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast Thursday at The Cornhusker hotel... More than 360 people attended the event. The theme this year was 'Let There be Peace on Earth, and Let it Begin with Me...' The event included prayers and comments by Rabbi Stanley Rosenbaum of Tifereth Israel Synagogue, the...

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Sikh Council On Religion and Education Supports Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act

May 8, 2003

Source: Sikh Council On Religion & Education

On May 8, 2003 the Sikh Council On Religion & Education issued a press release expressing "support for progress in the development of the hate crimes bill officially known in the Senate as the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act (LLEEA). As law, LLEEA (s.966) will enable federal law enforcement agencies to assist local agencies in the investigation and prosecution of cases in which violence occurs because of the victim’s race, religion, sexual orientation, gender or disability... LLEEA is supported by a...

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New Program in Los Angeles to Foster Tolerance

May 6, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On May 6, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "city officials, human rights groups and religious leaders have joined forces to promote a new program fostering tolerance in the Los Angeles area, particularly at schools, organizers announced Monday... As part of the campaign, local high schools will hold six of seven forums designed to create communitywide dialogue on diversity and tolerance. The sessions, titled 'Confronting Hate Crimes and Hate Language,' will feature a panel including Muslims, Jews, Sikhs and African...

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Indian Immigrants in the Chicago Area

May 4, 2003

Source: Daily Herald

http://www.dailyherald.com/special/passagefromindia/temple.asp

On May 4, 2003 Daily Herald reported that "'just as on every street corner there's a different type of church, Indians also have different types of temples,' said Subrahmanyam Vemuri, president of the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago. ... There are 17 Hindu temples in the greater Chicago area. All of them are built primarily with donations from Indian immigrants. Many are...

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Indian Immigrants in the Chicago Area

May 4, 2003

Source: Daily Herald

http://www.dailyherald.com/special/passagefromindia/sikhs.asp

On May 4, 2003 Daily Herald reported that "in the suburbs, where about 2,500 Sikh families have migrated, they now are a minority within a minority - according to the 2001 census there are about 125,000 Indian immigrants in the Chicago area. While most Sikhs reside within 30 miles of the Palatine gurdwara, their place of worship, they don't settle in the same neighborhoods - so...

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Three Religious Leaders of Sikh Faith Visits California

May 2, 2003

Source: The Appeal-Democrat

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/050203/2sikh.mhs.18.shtml

On May 2, 2003 The Appeal-Democrat reported that "three of the five holiest religious leaders of the Sikh faith, who are touring the United States, visited the Yuba-Sutter [CA] area Thursday... Singh Sahib Giani Joginder Singh Vaidanti, who occupies the highest seat in the Sikh faith, told about 50 men, women and children in a Yuba City home that Sikh religion and heritage must be...

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Update: Hate Crimes on UC Berkeley's Campus

April 30, 2003

Source: UC Berkeley News

http://www.berkeley.edu/news/berkeleyan/2003/04/30_toler.shtml

On April 30, 2003 UC Berkeley News reported that "for some students, Berkeley’s reputation as a place of tolerance and acceptance doesn’t quite match their reality... Last spring, Berkeley Hillel, a Jewish student center, was marked by anti-Jewish graffiti and had a brick thrown through one of its windows. On Christmas Eve, a swastika and Aryan Nation symbol...

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Update: Ohio Sikh Temple Receives Historic Marker

April 28, 2003

Source: The Beacon Journal

http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/5733917.htm

On April 28, 2003 The Beacon Journal reported that "the Sikh Gurdwara of Richfield -- the first Sikh temple in Ohio -- was awarded a historical marker Sunday by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission... Displayed in front of the temple on Broadview Road, the marker provides a sense of validation for many of the faith, such as Ratanjit S. Sondhe of Chagrin Falls... 'We feel now that we are part of America,'...

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Sikh Coloring Books Introduced in Californian Elementary Schools

April 24, 2003

Source: Civil Liberties Digest

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=8734ace218198363473a825cd1a7f438

On April 24, 2003 the Civil Liberties Digest reported that "Elementary school students in California will be getting a new coloring book - The Boy With Long Hair. Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante unveiled the new book which explains why Sikh men wear turbans and refrain from cutting their hair reports San Leandro...

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