Sikhism

Arson at New York Sikh Center, Gobind Sadan USA

December 10, 2001

Source: United Press International

On December 10, 2001, The United Press International reported that "the 'real story' of the blaze at the Gobind Sadan shrine actually developed into a rather marvelous one, recounts Ralph Singh, the center's spokesman... Jews, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists came out to express their solidarity, Singh recalled. And then there were individual acts of kindness... With a trembling voice, Ralph Singh spoke of the 'outpouring of love' the 100-strong congregation at the former farmstead received from neighbors and...

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Interfaith Marriage in a Diverse America

December 9, 2001

Source: The Gainesville Sun

http://www.gainesvillesun.com/DAYBREAK/articles/2001-12-09interfaith.shtml

On December 9, 2001, The Gainesville Sun featured the article "Marriage of faiths." The article profiles interfaith families: "In the Kellerman household, the union is not only one of faith, it is also one of cultures." The article notes that the Unitarian father, Ed, and Sikh mother, Sarjit, are raising their son in the Sikh faith. "But the...

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Suspected Hate Crime in Northridge, California: Sikh Store Owner Beaten

December 8, 2001

Source: The Daily News

http://www.dailynews.com/news/articles/1201/08/new04.asp

On December 8, 2001 The Daily News reported "Valley Sikh's beating branded as hate crime." The article began, "Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, liquor store owner Surinder Singh Sidhu has been wearing a star-spangled turban to show his patriotism -- and to protect himself. For a Sikh fearful of being mistaken for a Muslim, it worked until this week when, he said, thugs entered his...

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Celebrating Guru Nanak's Birthday in America, 2001

November 30, 2001

Source: The San Jose Mercury News

http://www0.mercurycenter.com/premium/local/docs/guru30.htm

On November 30, 2001, The San Jose Mercury News reported "Sikhs in Bay Area and worldwide celebrate founder's birthday." It noted that, "In the Bay Area, birthday celebrations for Guru Nanak Dev, the first Sikh guru, born in 1469, will occur at gurdwaras, or temples, in Fremont, El Sobrante, Hayward and San Jose ... At many of the gurdwaras, including the one in Fremont...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving, 2001

November 30, 2001

Source: The Times-Picayune

On November 30, 2001, The Times-Picayune featured the article "Giving thanks to the Sikhs." It noted, "St. Philip Community Center wishes to thank the members of the Sikh community of New Orleans ... for their generous contribution of food baskets which provided Thanksgiving meals to many families in need. The Sikh community of New Orleans has been supporting this cause for the past 13 years." The St. Philip Community Center operates under the auspices of the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Landmark Gurdwara Approved in San Diego

November 29, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On November 29, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "The Sikh Foundation of San Diego hopes to begin work on a golden-domed temple and multipurpose building by March now that its plans have been approved by the City Council here." The article continued, "When finished, the temple will have three domes topped with spires that could be more than 35 feet high. The temple, or gurdwara, also will have metal grillwork painted in copper and bronze colors."

Sikh Entrepreneur Finds Continuing Climate of Intolerance

November 27, 2001

Source: Asiaweek

http://www.asiaweek.com/asiaweek/magazine/life/0,8782,185618,00.html

The November 30, 2001 edition of Asiaweek magazine featured the story "If Looks Could Kill" about the experiences of Sikh entrepreneur Chirinjeev Kathuria with harassment on the streets, looks of fear on airplanes, and racial profiling. "'The verbal abuse I can handle,' he says...But Kathuria sees a darker possibility: that a virulent new prejudice against Sikhs,...

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Arson at New York Sikh Center, Gobind Sadan USA

November 27, 2001

Source: Gobind Sadan USA

http://www.gobindsadan.org/gsusa/messagetoamerica.shtml

On November 27, 2001, Baba Varsa Singh ("Babaji"), founder of Gobind Sadan, offered a "Message to America" about the suspected arson. "'Perhaps this is God's way of giving us the opportunity of bringing people of all faiths together to share in rebuilding this sacred house of God and making it an even more beautiful place.'" He offered thanks and cited the ways in which the community has...

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Arson at New York Sikh Center, Gobind Sadan USA

November 27, 2001

Source: The Oswego Palladium-Times

On November 27, 2001, The Oswego Palladium-Times reported that "a substantial reward is expected to be offered for information relating to a fire which struck a Sikh house of worship Nov. 18." The article continued, "They are also looking at the fire in the former farmhouse as a possible hate crime, a federal offense...Investigators say the fire in Palermo is suspicious because it follows two other apparent acts of vandalism at the site." The article quoted Ralph Singh, co-founder of Gobind Sadan USA: "'The irony of this...

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Celebrating Guru Nanak's Birthday in America, 2001

November 25, 2001

Source: The Seattle Times

On November 25, 2001, The Seattle Times featured the story "Sikhs gather to mark founder's birthday." It reported, "The occasion calls for feasting and for reflecting on Guru Nanak's message of peace and equality. The message is especially relevant this year, as Sikhs, locally and nationally, have been harassed since Sept. 11, likely by people who mistook the turbans and long beards worn by Sikh men" as those of turban-clad followers of Osama Bin Laden. The article noted that there are some 15,000 Sikhs in Washington state.

Interfaith Services Raise Questions for Clergy Members

November 24, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On November 24, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "the events of Sept. 11 prompted an unprecedented number of interfaith services nationwide, featuring leaders of different religions praying for peace and remembering the more than 4,100 terrorist attack victims. But some religious leaders have questioned the appropriateness of their clergy participating in such gatherings...'The basic question is: Does my participation enhance my witness of Jesus Christ or obscure it?' said the Rev. Karl K. Schmidt, pastor of Bethany...

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Arson at New York Sikh Center, Gobind Sadan USA

November 24, 2001

Source: The Valley News

http://www.valleynewsonline.com/news/2001/1124/Front_Page/017.html

On November 24, 2001, The Valley News reported, "Sikh worship house fire evidence sent to federal lab in Maryland." The article noted, "Evidence from the fire that destroyed a Sikh house of worship in the Town of Palermo may take up to two weeks to analyze, according to local and federal law-enforcement officials." Co-founder Ralph Singh was quoted as saying, "'When...

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