Sikhism

New Jersey Sikh Community to Convert Former Supermarket into New Temple

July 26, 2002

Source: The Star-Ledger

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/middlesex/index.ssf?/base/news-1/1027674622105314.xml

On July 26, 2002 The Star-Ledger reported  that "a former supermarket may become the new home for the growing Sikh community in Middlesex County [New Jersey]... The growing Sikh community in Carteret travels up to 50 miles to find a place of worship, but that may change soon. A nonprofit group has announced plans to convert a...

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Religious Diversity in Texas Prisons

July 14, 2002

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dallas/tsw/stories/071402dntextdcreligion.32e5c.html

On July 14, 2002 The Dallas Morning News reported that "at first glance, prisons may seem an unlikely place to find religion... But as inmates grapple with the despair and monotony of prison life, some find religion... In all, nearly 140 denominations are represented in the Texas Department of Criminal...

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Central Florida Religious Leaders Meet to Discuss Religion and Public Education

July 12, 2002

Source: The Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/state/orl-locrelschools12071202jul12.story?coll=orl%2Dhome%2Dheadlines

On July 12, 2002 The Orlando Sentinel reported that "religious leaders from a spectrum of faiths met Thursday night in a Winter Park [Florida] church to grapple with the contentious issue of religious faith and public education... Panelists agreed that teaching about...

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Book to Focus on Religious Diversity of Ohio

July 12, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On July 12, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio... and the Religious Experience Advisory Council of the Ohio Bicentennial Commission are planning [a new] book, Religion in Ohio: Over 200 Years of Experiences... As the state approaches 200, Christian and Jewish bodies remain prominent, but now they have plenty of company. [The] book for Ohio's bicentennial in 2003 also will discuss the beliefs of American Indians, Baha'is, Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, Muslims, Sikhs and...

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Controversy Over Participation in Interfaith Service

July 12, 2002

Source: The New York Post

http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/45304.htm

On July 12, 2002, The New York Post reported that the "Lutheran minister suspended for taking part in an interfaith prayer service for families of Sept. 11 victims said yesterday that he had no regrets... 'I feel that I've acted with integrity,' said the Rev. David Benke, pastor of Brooklyn's St....

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Groups Work to Alleviate Troubling Discrimination in Southern California's Housing

July 8, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On July 8, 2002 the Los Angeles Times featured an article on discrimination faced by Muslim Americans and South Asian Americans when renting apartments in Southern California. "Anxiety... heightened in May when the FBI issued a memo saying terrorists might target apartment buildings with explosives... The Los Angeles Police Department followed that memo by releasing a list of guidelines that encouraged owners to be more vigilant about prospective tenants... Some housing advocates and civil rights attorneys worry that the...

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Richmond Hill Gurdwara Destroyed by Fire

July 7, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On July 7, 2002, The New York Times featured a story on the frustrations of the Sikh community in Queens, who lost their Richmond Hill Gurdwara to fire last March. The community has big plans for rebuilding their temple and community center, but work cannot begin until clearance is received. "Nothing has been cleared because officials of the Sikh Cultural Society of Richmond Hill, which owns the temple, and the insurance company, Great American Insurance, are still trying to work out a settlement." Despite tensions, community...

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Immigrants Become Citizens on July 4

July 5, 2002

Source: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/77353_citizen05.shtml

On July 5, 2002 The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that this fourth of July in Seattle, "311 immigrants from 65 countries celebrated becoming American citizens at the Ethnic Heritage Council's 18th annual naturalization ceremony... The event drew hundreds more spectators and a long list of speakers,...

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Appeals Court Rules "Under God" in Pledge of Allegiance Unconstitutional

June 30, 2002

Source: Statesman Journal

http://news.statesmanjournal.com/article.cfm?i=44359.

On June 30, 2002, the Statesman Journal of Salem, Oregon featured an article on the recent Pledge of Allegiance ruling. "The decision created instant furor, in part because the pledge is an American icon. But it may have just as much to do with people’s relationship with God — or lack thereof... In America, God means different...

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Sikh Brothers Awarded $5 Million in Discrimination Suit

June 21, 2002

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/75568_sikhs21.shtml

On June 21, 2002 Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that three Sikh brothers from Okanogana, Washington, who own a gas-station and a gasoline-hauling business called Flying B "were awarded $5 million in damages in a suit against Arco for discrimination after their contract to haul gasoline was abruptly canceled" when they complained of ethnic and religious harassment.

Update: Arson at Gobind Sadan

June 20, 2002

Source: Gobind Sadan USA

On June 20, 2002, Gobind Sadan USA issued a press release announcing that "representatives from the the Committee for the Reconstruction of Gobind Sadan Interfaith Center in Palermo [NY] will receive a $500 grant from the Boston Piano Religious Trust to help repair damage from what local police and fire officials have determined is an act of arson."

Sikh Man Fired: Turban Violates NYPD Uniform Policy

June 17, 2002

Source: Newsday

On June 17, 2002, Newsday featured the Editorial: "Police Department Should Rethink Policy on Turbans" which focused on the case of Amric Singh Rathour. "Rathour should not be forced to compromise the fundamental tenets of his religion unless officials show that his turban and beard put him or the public at risk when he writes tickets and directs traffic... Canada's Supreme Court ruled a decade ago that it was discriminatory to prohibit turban-wearing Sikhs from police work without safety reasons. Why shouldn't the same standard apply...

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California Sikhs Continue Tradition of Serving Drinks to All

June 16, 2002

Source: The Appeal-Democrat

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/061502/061502Carrying.shtml

On June 16, 2002 The Appeal-Democrat reported that "nine Sikh students brought a centuries old tradition to the Yuba City [California] community Friday, serving free cold drinks to passersby... and sharing a piece of history important to the Sikh culture... This weekend the martyrdom of 16th century Sikh Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Guru of Sikhism, is to be observed by all...

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