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Wash. Post: Sikhism’s message is one of inclusion

As an advocate for the Sikh American community, I appreciate your coverage of a challenging and troubling time for one of our community members in Sterling [“Words and action,” Metro, March 26]. However, the article made two assertions that must be addressed. First, it was stated that Sikhism “was formed 300 years ago to oppose […]

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CNN: 10 years after Sikh murder over 9/11, community continues to blend in and stand out

By Jose G. Santos, CNN View the video here. Fairfax Station, Virginia (CNN)– Ten years ago, Balbir Singh Sodhi was gunned down, apparently because he looked Muslim or Arab. He was neither. Sodhi was a Sikh. Members of the religious tradition say he was the first person to be murdered in retaliation for the 9/11 […]

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Police seek better understanding of Arabs, Muslims and Sikhs.

ANDREA RANE/Missourian Cody Abram, of the Department of Justice in Kansas City, has a Sikh turban wrapped around his head. He attended a cultural training session for public safety officers at MU on Thursday. By UTHAYLA ABDULLAH June 1, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CST It was a consciousness-raising game of free association. The question: “What […]

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Sikh Activists Upset Over Inmate’s Haircut

ACLU Considering Legal Action Against Sheriff’s Office Sikh groups are decrying the treatment of a Florida inmate who was forced into the cutting of his hair, a revered symbol of piety. The Sikh community is protesting the forced haircut and shave of Jacksonville, Fla. inmateJagmahon… The Sikh community is protesting the forced haircut and shave […]

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Post-9/11 discrimination plagues Detroit area Sikhs

Shawn D. Lewis / The Detroit News Troy — Metro Detroit Sikhs say they have cause for concern today as they, too, reflect on the tragedy of 9/11. Sikhs, who wear turbans as part of their religion, say they are frequently assumed to be Muslims, Arabs or religious extremists. Some Sikhs say since September 11, […]

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3 States Still Ban Religious Clothing for Teachers

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: September 2, 2009 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A law backed by the Ku Klux Klan nearly a century ago to keep Catholics out of public schools is still on the books in Oregon, one of the last states in the nation to prohibit teachers from wearing religious clothing in classrooms. […]

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Sikh student says Thirsty Turtle discriminated against his religion

A Sikh graduate student says Thirsty Turtle denied him service two weeks ago because of the turban that he”s religiously obligated to wear. Ramik Chopra, 26, a master”s of business administration student who lives in College Park, wears his turban to work, formal occasions and around the house, but when he showed up at Thirsty […]

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Sikhs protest school exemption in Oregon religious freedom bill

A bill passed by the Oregon Legislature that broadens religious freedom in the workplace has prompted protests by some faith leaders because it exempts schools. The bill requires employers to allow workers to wear certain clothing, grow beards and take certain days off to observe their religious practices. But it specifically carves out school districts […]

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Anti-Scarf Bill Draws Concern

OKLAHOMA CITY — A national organization is asking the state Senate to defeat a bill that would prohibit Oklahomans from wearing head scarves or other coverings in driver’s license photographs. Another group says it will challenge the bill’s constitutionality. “It is a matter of grave concern not only to the Sikh-American community, but also for […]

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Officers testify in trial of man claiming discrimination

By BRIAN STANLEY Click here to email JOLIET — The trial of a Sikh who claims he was beaten by a Joliet police officer during an arrest two years ago began Monday. Kuldip Nag, 51, is facing charges of aggravated battery to a police officer and obstructing a police officer in a bench trial before […]

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