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Published on January 29, 2008

Author: Renato

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Sikhism in Brief:  Sikhism in Brief Sikhism is the fifth largest World religion Sikhism is an independent religion 23 million Sikhs worldwide 500,000 Sikhs reside in the United States and 500,000 Sikhs live in Canada Sikhs came to North America in late 1800s, more than a hundred years ago Core Sikh Beliefs:  Core Sikh Beliefs There is One God for all of creation, a loving Creator attainable through Grace. Loving remembrance of the One God. All human beings are created equal. Women have complete equality with men. Living a moral, truthful and hardworking existence. Selfless service towards the entire Creation. Defending the rights of the downtrodden and oppressed. Three Staples of Daily Life:  Three Staples of Daily Life Kirat Karo: work hard and honestly Vand Chako: share what you have with the needy Naam Japna: always remember God throughout the day Articles of Faith:  Articles of Faith Mandatory articles of faith for all initiated Sikhs Kesh – Uncut hair Kirpan – Religious sword Karra – Steel bracelet Kangha – Wooden comb Kachehra – Boxer shorts Kirpan Karra Kangha Kirpan:  Kirpan Mandatory article of faith revealed to tenth Sikh Prophet by God. Sikhs wearing it since the year 1699. Not a weapon and not a mere symbol. Generally worn under clothing. Reminds Sikhs to fight against injustice and oppression at all times. Dastaar – the Turban:  Dastaar – the Turban A mandatory article of faith for Sikhs. Symbolic of sovereignty bestowed by God, since each individual is equal in the eyes of God. Sikhs have been wearing it for the last 500 years. Under no circumstances can the turban be forcibly removed. Removal of turban in public is tantamount removing someone’s trousers. Some Sikh Public Faces:  Some Sikh Public Faces Amrit and Rabindra Kaur Artists Colonel Sekhon United States Army Bhagat Singh Thind US Army 1912 Nuvraj Singh Bassi University of Oregon Football Player Common Misconception:  Common Misconception Fiction: Sikhs are Muslim because they wear a dastaar (turban) and have a beard Fact: Turbans are worn in many countries as a cultural dress however the turban is required to be worn by a Sikh in order to cover their uncut hair and is a religious article of faith. 99% of people wearing turbans in the United States and Canada are Sikhs. Slide10:  CHALLENGES TODAY….. Challenges after September 11, 2001:  Challenges after September 11, 2001 HATE CRIMES Sikhs were attacked and their property defaced after September 11, 2001 by persons who believed they are Muslim or Arab The Sikh Coalition has documented over 500 instances of bias since September 11, 2001 against Sikh-Americans In Mesa, Arizona, a Sikh man and father, Balbir Singh Sodhi, was murdered in a hate crime. Elsewhere across the country, Sikh homes have been defaced, Sikhs have been attacked while driving, and Sikhs are still being physically assaulted Challenges after September 11, 2001:  Challenges after September 11, 2001 EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION Several cases of Sikhs being told to remove their turbans or they will be fired Before 9/11 employment discrimination was the biggest civil rights issue for Sikh-Americans, many are afraid that now hate crimes have gone down, employment discrimination will go up. Difficulties finding employment Racial Profiling – law enforcement and the TSA’s new turban screening policy implemented in August 2007 Reinforcement of stereotypes NYPD “no-turbans” policy The Sikh Coalition and Amric Singh Rathour filed a federal lawsuit challenging the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) “no turban” policy. Amric Singh was terminated by the NYPD in August 2001 for refusing orders to remove his turban and trim his beard, both required by his religion Challenges after September 11, 2001:  Challenges after September 11, 2001 SCHOOL HARASSMENT Since September 11, 2001, there has been a significant increase in violent attacks against Sikh students. Many of these attacks are by middle school children. In Seattle, Atlanta, New York, Maryland, Sikh children have been the target of violent attack because of their religion. In New Jersey’s Marlboro township a Sikh child felt compelled to leave the country because of violence and harassment by other students. In May 2007, Harpal Singh Vacher’s hair was brutally cut off by fellow students at a Queens high school. Prosecutors are charging the incident as a hate crime. Challenges after September 11, 2001:  Challenges after September 11, 2001 KIRPAN/PROFILING Since September 11, 2001, the Sikh Coalition has successfully defended eighteen Sikhs who were prosecuted for wearing their kirpans into work, schools, in the car, or in public. There is no criminal intent in wearing a kirpan. It an article of faith. There are exemptions in many jurisdictions for boy scouts or knives salespersons to carry instruments whose blades are longer than the legal limit. Before 9/11, Sikhs were generally not arrested for wearing the kirpan Slide15:  For more information, visit www.sikhcoalition.org

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