Sikhism

Bill Bars Religious Attire for Teachers

July 19, 2009

Author: Greg Bolt

Source: The Register-Guard

http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/updates/17227530-55/story.csp

Workers in Oregon will be able to wear a turban or yarmulke on the job under a bill passed by the state Legislature that protects religious practices for almost everyone, except public school teachers.

The bill, expected to be signed into law by Gov. Ted Kulongoski, keeps in place a controversial...

Read more about Bill Bars Religious Attire for Teachers

Dilemma for Sikhs Who Escaped Tribal Areas

July 19, 2009

Author: Isambard Wilkinson

Source: The National

http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090720/FOREIGN/707199868/1103/ART

The Sikh community of north-western Pakistan faces an uncertain future after fleeing fighting between security forces and the Taliban.

Sikhs from across the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and the tribal areas have taken refuge over the past three months within the...

Read more about Dilemma for Sikhs Who Escaped Tribal Areas

Blow to Sikhs: European Court Upholds French Turban Ban

July 18, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/4791396.cms

In a major blow to Sikhs in Europe, European Court of Human Rights has upheld French ban on turban by dismissing the first petition filed against it. France had passed a law in 2004, prohibiting religious symbols in schools.

The judgment, which came close on the heels of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh raising the issue with French...

Read more about Blow to Sikhs: European Court Upholds French Turban Ban

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....

Read more about California Kirpan Education Bill Passes Senate Public Safety Committee

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...

Read more about Sikhs Protest US Bill On 'Religious Dress'

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...

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

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...

Read more about Sikhs Join Faith Trail In London Suicide Bombers' Town

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...

Read more about Six California Police Departments Open Doors for Sikh American Cops

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...

Read more about Some Sikh Youth Confront Dilemma In Wearing Turban

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...

Read more about Sikhs Celebrate July 4th With Seva

'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...

Read more about 'We Are Afraid the Taliban Will Find Us'

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.

...

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

"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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

Pages