Sikhism

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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Stanford University Students Initiate Sikhism Course

April 24, 2003

Source: The Stanford Daily

http://daily.stanford.edu/tempo?page=content&id=11023&repository=0001_article

On April 24, 2003 The Stanford Daily reported that "as Stanford bolsters its resources in Islamic studies, augmenting extensive work already done in Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism, some students say that the University is lacking in its attention to one of the world’s major religions — Sikhism... To fill this curricular gap, this...

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Florida Sikhs Celebrate Vaisakhi

April 21, 2003

Source: Orlando Sentinel

On April 21, 2003 the Orlando Sentinel reported that "more than 400 worshippers... of the Sikh Society of Central Florida celebrated Vaisakhi, the Sikh festival of commitment, hope and renewal... As worshippers in their Sunday best packed church pews for Easter service, Central Florida Sikhs gathered for one of their religion's most symbolic holy days -- part religious tradition, part harvest festival... Women dressed in a kaleidoscope of silks from chartreuse to fuchsia carried food to the canopy. There, beneath several layers of...

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USF Student Organizes Social Action to Educate Public about Sikhs

April 18, 2003

Source: The Tampa Tribune

http://tampatrib.com/floridametronews/MGAI1GNJNED.html

On April 18, 2003 The Tampa Tribune reported that "USF student Jashleen Bedi doesn't find anything funny about the comedy film 'Dysfunktional Family...' When Bedi saw a trailer for the recently released movie, she was outraged by its portrayal of her Sikh religion... For Bedi, it was the final indignity she was willing to endure. Since Sept. 11, she has watched her family and friends...

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Mapping the Religious Pluralism in Rochester, NY

April 16, 2003

Source: Democrat and Chronicle

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/news/0416story4_news.shtml

On April 16, 2003 the Democrat and Chronicle reported that "sprinkled among Rochester’s [NY] numerous Christian churches and Jewish synagogues are signs of Rochester’s growing religious diversity -- Tibetan, Laotian and Vietnamese Buddhist temples, a Sikh Gurdwara and a handful of botanicas, or shops, catering to, among others, followers of voodoo and...

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Sikhs Raise Concerns Over New Film

April 15, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/columnists/la_chung/5636626.htm

On April 15, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "since February, when the trailers [for "DysFunktional Family"] first surfaced in movie theaters, Sikh organizations such as the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force have tried to work with Miramax to see the movie first and temper such scenes... in which Griffin points to a turbaned elderly Sikh man...

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Celebration Services for Guru Gobind Singh Sahib, 2003

April 14, 2003

Source: The Argus

On April 14, 2003 The Argus reported that a "stream of two lines flowed beyond the entrance to the Fremont [CA] gurdwara, or temple, as hundreds of Sikhs waited their turn to bow before the holy scripture... The ritual is a daily practice in the faith, but Sunday's services were special. It was on this day 304 years ago that Sikhs were given the identity known as Khalsa, or pure ones... Sikhs believe that a series of 10 gurus, or spiritual leaders, laid the foundation for the faith in the Indian state of Punjab in the 18th century. Sunday...

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