Sikhism

American Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus Rally for Peace

January 26, 2002

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/1529339p-1605806c.html

On January 26, 2002, The Sacramento Bee featured the story "A Plea For Peace: Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs join in rally at Capitol." It reported, "While speakers used a bullhorn to exhort California's leaders to work for peace on the Indian subcontinent, interviews with rally participants showed agreement that crossed religious and ethnic lines." One participant, Punam...

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Peace Vigils Mirror Interfaith Service in Assisi

January 23, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On January 23, 2002, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "leaders of more than 20 faiths and denominations in the St. Louis region will gather tonight to reflect on the call to peace found in their respective scriptures... Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist, Sikh and Ba'hai leaders will enter the sanctuary of the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica and individually read from their scripture about peace... Archbishop Justin Rigali, past chairman of the Cabinet of the Interfaith Partnership of Metropolitan St....

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Sikh Candidate Runs for Condit's Congressional Seat

January 21, 2002

Source: The Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/local/story/1502717p-1579340c.html

On January 21, 2002, The Modesto Bee reported, "Congressional candidate fights stereotypes." The article began, "Not every candidate for Congress has a campaign Web site that includes a primer on turbans, beards and the history of the Sikh religion. But then not every candidate is Sukhmander Singh, running for office in a Sept. 12 world." The article continued, "The engineering...

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Arson at New York Sikh Center, Gobind Sadan USA

January 20, 2002

Source: The Post-Standard

http://www.syracuse.com/news/syrnewspapers/index.ssf?/newsstories/20020120_rnsikh.html

On January 20, 2002, The Post-Standard featured the story "Second Fire a Funeral Pyre: Controlled burn of Sikh temple to make way for rebuilding." It quoted Ralph Singh: "'This is a touching day for us,' said the spokesman for Gobind Sadan USA, a religious center for Central New York Sikhs. 'In our culture we cremate, so...

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New Orleans Sikh Community Celebrates Birthday of Guru Nanak

January 20, 2002

Source: The Times-Picayune

On January 20, 2002, The Times-Picayune reported that "men in colorful turbans and women in Punjabi suits or long tunics congregated at the Sikh Gurudwara temple... in eastern New Orleans to celebrate the 533rd birthday of the founder of their religion... Sikhs worship one god and do not engage in rituals, as their founder, Nanak Devji, who was in India in 1469, instructed. They believe that one should live a truthful life, earn a living through hard work and help their fellow man... At the temple, everyone sat on the floor...

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Sikh Community Mourns Loss of Leader

January 14, 2002

Source: Newsday

On January 14, 2002, Newsday reported that the New York Sikh leader "Harbhajan Singh... died Jan. 4 after a long battle with cancer... Several hundred mourners poured into the temple for a memorial service... [that included] 48 straight hours of reading the Sikh holy book out loud... Gyani Harbhajan Singh was the head priest at the Sikh temple, or gurdwara, in Plainview and a leading Sikh scholar... The reading marathon that ended yesterday was part of services Sikhs traditionally conduct to mark major occasions, including deaths, birthdays...

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Honoring a Hero: The First Asian American Congressman

January 12, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-000003018jan12.story

On January 12, 2002, The Los Angeles Times reported "Indian Americans Will Honor a Hero," the late Dalip Singh Saund. Saund, a Sikh, was the first Asian American member of Congress. "The initiative to honor the... 'congressman from India,' as Saund referred to himself in his autobiography, started on what would have been his 100th birthday two years ago ... In this post-Sept. 11...

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Sikh Man to Pursue Lawsuit Against Airline, Airport

January 9, 2002

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/printedition/ny-lisuit092542850jan09.story?coll=ny%2Dnews%2Dprint

On January 9, 2002, Newsday reported "Sikh Man to Sue Airline, Islip for Turban Incident." The article noted "A Family Court official who said he was twice barred from flights at Long Island MacArthur Airport in October because he refused to remove his turban during a security check has taken the first step toward suing...

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Interfaith Walking Meditation for Peace in Seattle

December 31, 2001

Source: The Seattle Times

On December 31, 2001, The Seattle Times reported that "several hundred people are expected to gather at Seattle's Green Lake for an interfaith Walking Meditation for Peace. They will say goodbye to a year they say was filled with too much blood spilled, and they'll pray for peace among religions in 2002... This will be the third annual walk and the first one featuring prayers from seven faiths... This year, more local religious institutions are involved, representing Quakers, Catholics, Sikhs, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists,...

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Stories of Religious Conversions in Queens

December 29, 2001

Source: Newsday

On December 29, 2001, Newsday featured an article on three stories of religious conversion. Harpritam Kaur describes her spiritual journey to her conversion to Sikhism. "One Sunday morning in 1997 as she walked past a gas station on her way to church, she saw a young man wearing a turban pacing back and forth and praying. 'You could see the love of God in this man,' she recalls. Kaur says she thought he was a Muslim - at the time she didn't know who the Sikhs were - until she stopped to talk to him... Kaur began attending the Sikh Cultural...

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Editorial: "Protecting communities from the tenacity of hate"

December 28, 2001

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorialsopinion/134383747_hateop28.html

On December 28, 2001, The Seattle Times featured an editorial by Pramila Jayapal, "Protecting communities from the tenacity of hate." She writes, "On Dec. 13, a 47-year-old Sikh man was shot to death at the gas station he owned in New Haven, Conn. Eight days before that, the offices of the Arab American Action Network in Chicago were set...

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Grants to Houses of Worship Damaged by Hate Crimes

December 24, 2001

Source: UPI

http://upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=24122001-033546-7201r

On December 24, 2001, UPI reported on the "Fund to soothe wounds of hate." It noted that "A Sikh temple in Palermo, N.Y., and an Episcopal church in Hanna City, Ill., will receive cash gifts from a unique Boston fund this Christmas ... The Boston Piano Religious Trust gives $500 grants to houses of worship damaged or destroyed in hate crimes." Gobind Sadan USA, a Sikh center in New York, and St. John's...

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Vandalism at Sikh Temple's Building Site in D.C.

December 23, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17683-2001Dec22.html

On December 23, 2001, The Washington Post reported, "Cleaning Up After Attack of Ignorance: Sikhs Respond to Vandals at Temple Site." Following vandalism at their building site, the local Sikh community "expressed fear that vandals incensed by the Sept. 11 attacks had taken out their wrath on the site of the Sikhs' new temple." The incident is being...

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Update: Support for Family of Balbir Singh Sodhi

December 21, 2001

Source: 12News.com

http://www.12news.com/headline/Sodhi_12212001.html

On December 21, 2001, 12News.com reported "Slain Sikh's Family Receives Outpouring of Community Support." It noted that "More than 10,000 people have sent letters, notes and e-mails of sympathy to the family of Balbir Singh Sodhi since the Sikh was shot to death at his Mesa store in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Mesa United Way officials added to those condolences Thursday,...

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South Asian Solidarity After September 11

December 20, 2001

Source: The New Republic

http://www.thenewrepublic.com/122401/diarist122401.html

The December 24, 2001 edition of The New Repbulic features the article "All for One." The article details the "post-September 11 paradox" of "South Asian" identity. It continues, "While the war on terrorism has inflamed religious and national divisions on the subcontinent ... in the United States it has probably done more to unify America's disparate South Asian communities than any...

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