Sikhism

California Kirpan Education Bill Passes Senate Public Safety Committee

July 17, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/california-kirpan-education-bill-passes-senate-public-safety-committee

California's proposed law to train law enforcement about Sikh kirpans this week passed the Senate Public Safety Committee with a unanimous vote. The bill will now make its way to the Appropriations Committee before a final vote by the entire CA State Senate in the Fall....

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Sikhs Protest US Bill On 'Religious Dress'

July 17, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: NDTV

http://www.ndtv.com/news/diaspora/sikhs_protest_us_bill_on_religious_dress.php

Sikhs in the US have slammed a state law that would bar teachers from the community in public schools from wearing "religious dress" including turbans, a move that may spark a racial row.

In effect, the bill passed by the Oregon legislature and now on the governor's desk "prohibit teachers from wearing...

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CAIR: Oregon Bill Reinforces Ban On Muslim, Sikh, Jewish Teachers

July 16, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: PRNewswire-USNewswire

http://www.examiner.com/p-375700~CAIR__Oregon_Bill_Reinforces_Ban_on_Muslim__Sikh__Jewish_Teachers.html

A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization oday joined America's Sikh community in expressing concerns about legislation awaiting the governor's signature in Oregon that purports to broaden religious freedom, but would...

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Sikhs Join Faith Trail In London Suicide Bombers' Town

July 15, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: World Sikh News

http://worldsikhnews.com/15%20July%202009/Sikhs%20join%20Faith%20Trail%20in%20London%20suicide%20bombers%20town.htm

Sikhs in Leeds have taken the initiative to invite members of other faiths to see their place of worship in step with similar reciprocal action by others.

Four years on from the 7/7 London bombings, Muslims, Sikhs and...

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Six California Police Departments Open Doors for Sikh American Cops

July 14, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: PR-USA

http://pr-usa.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=235755&Itemid=28

Today, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF)—the oldest Sikh American civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—announced that, over the past several weeks, six California police departments have confirmed their commitment to equal employment opportunities for Sikh...

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Some Sikh Youth Confront Dilemma In Wearing Turban

July 14, 2009

Author: Jessica Scott

Source: The Columbia Journalist

http://www.columbiajournalist.org/article.asp?subj=queens&course=rw1_freedman&id=2443

Sonu Singh and his best friend Manjinder Singh hang out almost daily, walking around their Richmond Hill neighborhood and listening to hip-hop music. They aren’t related, but the two boys have many things in common besides a surname. Both were born in India and graduated...

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Sikhs Celebrate July 4th With Seva

July 13, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/sikhs-fremont-celebrate-july-4th-seva

Residents of Fremont celebrated 4th of July with a parade like the past ten years. More than one hundred organizations and businesses participated in the parade and nearly ten thousand people watched it.

The Greater Fremont area has a significant population of Sikhs. A small civic-minded Sikh organization named S.E.V.A. has...

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'We Are Afraid the Taliban Will Find Us'

July 13, 2009

Author: Declan Walsh

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/13/swat-valley-refugees-sikhs-taliban

Flight from the Taliban has been a bittersweet experience for Darsha Singh, a turbaned Sikh farmer sitting on the steps of an ancient, glittering shrine just outside Pakistan's North-West Frontier province.

For two months he has been living at the Panja Sahib gurdwara, an ornate temple that is...

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Diverse Coalition Supports American Indian Kindergartner’s Right to Freely Exercise His Religion

July 13, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WebWire

http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=99117

The ACLU’s fight to stop a Texas school district from punishing a five-year old student for wearing his long hair in braids as an expression of his American Indian heritage and beliefs has drawn support from a diverse group of American Indian tribes and scholars, religious freedom organizations and representatives of a variety of faith traditions.

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"First Time Sikh Participation At South East European Prayer Breakfast," a Commentary by Simran Singh Khalsa

July 13, 2009

Author: Simran Singh Khalsa

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/first-time-sikh-participation-south-east-european-prayer-breakfast

A group of 150 dignitaries and friends from 18 countries came together from May 22-24 in the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina for the 6th Annual South East European Prayer Gathering.

I was honored to be the first Sikh representative to attend, and...

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Sikhs Fight for Right to Wear Turbans, Beards In Military, Law Enforcement

July 11, 2009

Author: Sargunjot Kaur

Source: San Jose Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_12819348

Two U.S. Army doctors are fighting to start active duty without having to shed the turbans and beards of their Sikh faith. Jaskirat Singh ran into the same roadblock when he tried to join the Milpitas Police Department's Explorer program.

Singh, 17, grew up watching "Cops" on TV and hearing stories from his neighbor, a retired California Highway Patrol...

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Controversy Surrounds Country's Largest Sikh Temple Rising In San Jose

July 10, 2009

Author: Lisa Fernandez

Source: San Jose Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/politics/ci_12814727

Perched high in the hills of San Jose stands the country's largest Sikh temple — its rippling water fountain and onion-shaped roof are poignant symbols of the spiritual heart of a vibrant immigrant community.

Now, the temple will become even bigger. Crews are building a 17,000-square-foot prayer hall, 12 classrooms, living quarters for...

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Dead Man’s Religion Sparks Row: Malaysian Judge Says Law Inadequate

July 7, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Thaindian News

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/world-news/dead-mans-religion-sparks-row-malaysian-judge-says-law-inadequate_100214512.html

The row over Malaysian art director Mohan Singh’s religion following his death has led to a judge observing that there is “inadequacy” in the law over non-Muslims converting to Islam....

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Site Visit In Move for Sikh Temple

July 7, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Lep.co.uk

http://www.lep.co.uk/news/Site-visit-in-move-for.5434986.jp

Plans for a Sikh temple have been put on hold while councillors visit the site.

Members of Preston Council's planning committee will go to the empty warehouse in Isherwood Street, Deepdale, before deciding whether to grant permission.

Applicant Gulab Singh, president of the Sikh community known as Sri Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara...

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