Sikhism

Richmond Hill Gurdwara Destroyed by Fire

March 11, 2002

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/printedition/newyork/ny-nysikh112619768mar11.story

On March 11, 2002, Newsday reported, "Worshippers Gather Near Burned Temple." It noted, "Sikh men and women gathered solemnly for fellowship and muted conversation in a 118th Street house across from the ruins of their temple yesterday. Some prayed while others gathered outside under a tent and ate food prepared by congregants of the Sikh Cultural...

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Sikh Man Fired: Turban Violates NYPD Uniform Policy

March 11, 2002

Source: Newsday

On March 11, 2002, Newsday featured an article on Amric Singh Rathour, a New York Sikh, who "was fired for refusing to remove his turban and shave his beard... Under the tenets of their faith, Sikhs do not cut their hair or beards and wear turbans... Rathour and the Sikh Coalition have started a campaign to abolish the department's no-turban rule and have collected more than 3,400 signatures "online", said Prabjot Singh, director of operations for the coalition... In a statement...

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Richmond Hill Gurdwara Destroyed by Fire

March 10, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On March 10, 2002, The New York Times featured the story, "In Aftermath of Temple Fire, Sikhs Pray, and Share Sorrow." It reported on the fire that destroyed a Sikh gurdwara in the Richmond Hill section of Queens, "the oldest and largest Sikh gathering place in the region." The article continued, "Members of the temple said there were about 20 gurdwaras and about 300,000 Sikhs in the metropolitan area, but that when the temple was founded, in 1972, there were fewer than 100 Sikh families in all of New York City. They joined...

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Richmond Hill Gurdwara Destroyed by Fire

March 10, 2002

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/printedition/newyork/ny-nysikh102618816mar10.story

On March 10, 2002, Newsday reported, "A Congregation Mourns; Sikhs grieve for injured priest, loss of center in blaze." It noted that "Onlookers gazed at the gutted remains of the temple and members gathered to pray and comfort each other ... More than 2,500 people worshipped at the temple on weekends and an estimated 10,000 on holidays." With...

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Update: Hindus, Muslims, and Vegetarians Sue McDonald's over Use of Beef Flavoring in Fries

March 9, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On March 9, 2002, The New York Times reported that "the McDonald's Corporation plans to issue an apology and pay $10 million to vegetarian and religious groups for using beef flavoring in its French fries. The action is part of a proposed settlement of lawsuits charging that the company misled consumers... According to a draft of the settlement, 60 percent of the payment would go to vegetarian groups, with the rest going to groups devoted to Hindus and Sikhs, children's nutrition and assistance, and kosher dietary...

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Sikh Center Teaches Yoga to Children and Larger Community

March 7, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 7, 2002, The Boston Globe reported that "about 10 children ages 4 to 14 and some of their parents were gathered last Thursday afternoon at the Guru Ram Das Ashram in Millis [MA] for a session of kundalini yoga, which included stretching, breathing, and physical exercises; meditation; chanting; and even some instrument playing... Children use yoga to conquer everything from test-taking jitters to tummy aches, according to parents and instructors... The Millis ashram has seen from double to triple the demand for yoga...

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Sikh Candidate Runs for Condit's Congressional Seat

March 4, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On March 4, 2002, The New York Times featured the story "Challenging Gary Condit Without Using His Name" about Dr. Sukhi Singh, candidate for Congress. "Dr. Singh is hardly the front-runner in the race ... But the gentleman whose beard and turban have made him the object of much curiosity has managed to charm a district once considered 'Condit Country.'" Dr. Singh first came to Stockton when he immigrated to the U.S. 34 years ago; today he lives in Fremont. The article explained, "Stockton, where many of the high- tech valley's...

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After September 11: Bias and Backlash in the Workplace

March 4, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A33151-2002Mar3.html

On March 4, 2002, The Washington Post featured the article "Backlash Changes Form, Not Function: Sept. 11 Aftereffects Include Quiet Sting Of Bigotry, Some Say." It explained that while violent hate crimes have decreased, bias in the schools, workplace, and public life have continued. The article noted that "The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has...

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New Maronite Catholic Church being Built in Washington DC

February 28, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On February 28, 2002, The Washington Post reported that "bucking a decades-long trend in which the vast majority of new places of worship have been built in the suburbs, Our Lady of Lebanon, a 36-year-old congregation of Maronite Catholics, has begun building its first church on Alaska Avenue in Northwest Washington... The 18,000-square-foot limestone church... is intended to reflect the congregation's religious and architectural roots in Lebanon, the Middle Eastern homeland of most of its members... The high cost of...

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Arson at New York Sikh Center, Gobind Sadan USA

February 17, 2002

Source: The Syracuse Post-Standard

http://www.syracuse.com/news/syrnewspapers/index.ssf?/newsstories/20020217_rotrip.html

On February 17, 2002, The Syracuse Post-Standard featured the article "7,500 Miles to Redemption: Local man to represent community at Sikh event in India." It reported on the journey of Mark Lichtenstein, president of a local school board, to India: "For the 40-year-old Oswego County resident, the next 11 days will...

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New Zen Monastery to Open in Oregon

February 1, 2002

Source: The Oregonian

On February 1, 2002 The Oregonian featured an editorial on a meeting in Clatskanie, OR that was "sponsored by a Portland-based Zen Buddhist group, the Zen Community of Oregon, to explain its plans to remodel a former elementary school into a monastery and seminary. But many objected to adding the Zen sanctuary to the community's eight churches... 'Our goal is to protect those that have not yet accepted Christ,' said Loren Dummer, the Assembly of God pastor. He worried that that the Zen Buddhists, who are not evangelical, would try to...

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Church and Gurdwara Work Together to Help Homeless in San Francisco

January 31, 2002

Source: Yahoo

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/020131/sfth093_1.html

On January 31, 2002, a press release from Glide Memorial Church announced, "Sikhs Help Homeless Battle Freezing Nights: Distribute 250 Blankets at Glide Memorial." The press release stated, in part: "Tomorrow the Sikh community will join with Glide Memorial to distribute 250 blankets to the homeless. The Sikh Gurdwara Temple of El Sobrante donated all 250 blankets to Glide. The blanket give-away is a direct response...

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Peace Vigils Mirror Interfaith Service in Assisi

January 26, 2002

Source: The Bergen Record

http://www.bergen.com/news/peace200201263.htm

On January 26, 2002, The Bergen Record featured the story "Hackensack: Prayer gathering mirrors service in Assisi, Italy." It reported, "The prayers were voiced in the traditions of more than a half-dozen religious movements, but all had the same theme: a call for religions to foster peace on earth and end human suffering. The Interfaith Prayer Vigil held Thursday night at Hackensack's Church on the Green...

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