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Sikh-Americans Forced to Choose Between Being Sikh or American

Prashant Tamaskar | Posted 12.30.2016 | Religion
Prashant Tamaskar

No American should have to compromise his or her religious beliefs in order to participate in public activities or make a livelihood, unless the compromise is truly necessary. Shamefully, Sikhs and many other Americans whose religious beliefs are not fully understood or respected, are forced to consider that compromise solely for failing to fit a particular image and look a certain way.

We Must Do More to Lift Up America's Rich Cultural and Religious Diversity

Anisha Singh | Posted 09.14.2016 | Religion
Anisha Singh

Sikh Americans continue to live in a state of constant vigilance, defending our values, our articles of faith, our patriotism, and our right to live without fear of being accosted or physically attacked for our faith.

A Sikh Sermon at the Pentagon: "Seva: The Call of Our Times"

Valarie Kaur | Posted 05.03.2016 | Religion
Valarie Kaur

Service is the core of Sikh practice, but it's not the kind of service we think we know. Seva is not safe. Seva is not easy. Seva means selfless service.

9 Numbers That Explain How Americans View Sikhs

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.05.2015 | Religion

With more than 150 years of history in the United States, Sikh Americans are still highly misunderstood. Regularly subjected to discrimination and ...

Antonia Blumberg

Meet Sikh Captain America | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.22.2015 | Religion

What if Captain America wore a turban and roamed the streets fighting intolerance? This is exactly the superhero cartoonist Vishavjit Singh envisio...

Why (Another) Urban Outfitters Fiasco Still Makes Me Angry

Simran Kaur | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Simran Kaur

This is not about demonizing Urban Outfitters. It is about refusing to support entities that actively engage in racism via cultural appropriation.

Washington State Rabbi Becomes U.S. Air Force Chaplain With Beard Intact

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.06.2015 | Religion

A Washington state rabbi didn’t have to split hairs when it came to joining the U.S. Air Force -- he came on board with his beard intact. Rabbi E...

Anti-Muslim Slur in NSA Training Document Shows That Americans Who Wear Turbans Aren't Safe

Jasjit Singh | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Jasjit Singh

This internal memo is conclusive proof that even government officials hold a patently false view that turbans are associated with a dangerous "other" and a threat to American security and identity.

Sikh PSA Answers Ridiculous Question In The Best Possible Way

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion

American actor Waris Ahluwalia is Sikh, and he wears a turban. The question "Where are you from?" has undoubtedly gotten old over the years. To ans...

The First-Ever Sikh Prayer at the Pentagon

Valarie Kaur | Posted 06.29.2014 | Religion
Valarie Kaur

The prayer of Ardas is the song of our people, our living guide and moral compass, echoing around the globe and on American soil. Like a river flowing through the centuries, Ardas pours the spirit of our people into our being and breathe, so that we are ever-nourished and ever-sustained. As a living document, it leaves open space at the end for us to offer our particular prayers as a congregation and silently in our own hearts.

Meet Eight Sikh Americans We Admire

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 04.29.2014 | Religion

HuffPost Religion celebrates the Sikh American community and all of its diverse accomplishments. These eight people have made headlines for a wide var...

Sikh Americans Remain Uncertain of New Pentagon Rules

Gurjot Kaur | Posted 03.27.2014 | Religion
Gurjot Kaur

Despite public heralding of the brand new Pentagon rules signaling a renewed commitment to religious accommodation, the rules actually generate more confusion than promise. The Sikh American community in particular wonders, what will America's military finally look like America?

A Turban for Peace in a Culture of Hate

Ralph Singh | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Ralph Singh

It is ironic that Sikhs, as one of the most visible people of faith, are invisible to the majority of people. While public education may be the solution, our education system bears a large share of the blame.

Teen Girl Explains What Sikhism Is Really Like (VIDEO)

Posted 11.20.2012 | Teen

On the latest episode of Amy Poehler's web series, "Smart Girls At The Party," a teen girl, Naveen, who practices Sikhism, explains her faith and cult...

Sikh Woman's Bold Physical Statement Draws Stares, But She's Not Worried

The Hufffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 09.26.2012 | Religion

A picture snapped surreptitiously and posted to Reddit's r/funny thread has drawn attention to a little known tenet of the Sikh faith. "Yes, I’m...

Gina Ryder

Photographing Sikhs With Fiona Aboud | Gina Ryder | Posted 08.13.2012 | Arts

For the past five years photographer Fiona Aboud has been traveling around the U.S. taking pictures of Sikh Americans. Part of her series, Sikhs: An A...

Sikh Killings, Mosque Burnings and Iran Sanctioning: America's Bullying Epidemic

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

We know from the countless stories of many marginalized American communities -- from LGBT communities to Latino immigrants -- that bullying is practiced, promulgated and promoted in America. Why are we so good at it?

Dharmic Next Generation Seva Leaders: 'We Are All Sikhs Today'

Anju Bhargava | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

What a difference a few hours make. Just this past weekend, on August 3rd and 4th, Hindu American Seva Charities (HASC) co-hosted a conference with t...

How Neo-Nazi Music and Racism in U.S. Military Influenced Wade Michael Page

Democracy Now! | Posted 10.09.2012 | Crime
Democracy Now!

In a special one-hour Democracy Now! broadcast, we examine two key influences on Wisconsin Sikh temple shooter, Wade Michael Page: The neo-Nazi music scene and pervasive white supremacism in U.S. military ranks.

Sikh Temple Shooter's Time In White-Supremacist Underworld

Democracy Now! | Posted 10.07.2012 | Religion
Democracy Now!

More details have come to light about the man who shot dead six worshippers and critically wounded three others at the Oak Creek Sikh temple in Wisconsin before he was killed by police.

Sikh Americans: Feeling Alienated And Targeted In America

Jasminder Kaur | Posted 10.06.2012 | Religion
Jasminder Kaur

Sikhs in America cannot afford to have more examples of such wanton violence. Such senseless acts have to stop, NOW!

Amanda Terkel

Congressman: FBI Needs To Count Hate Crimes Against Sikhs | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) has for months been advocating that the FBI collect data on hate crimes against Sikh Americans. Sunday's tr...

Sikh Prayers For Healing, Hope And Strength

Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion

Prayer is a central part of Sikh devotional life with beautiful hymns (Hukamnama), meditations (Naam Simran), devotional readings (Paath) and five dai...

The Sikhs Next Door

Simi Singh Juneja | Posted 08.05.2012 | Home
Simi Singh Juneja

My parents had an arranged marriage. I can tell you the story about how they saw each other for the first time, in my sleep. I have heard it at every dinner party before the age of ten, and every road trip we have ever taken as a family. The details are always argued about.

We Are All Muslims: A Sikh Response To Islamophobia In The NYPD And Beyond

Sonny Singh | Posted 05.12.2012 | Religion
Sonny Singh

What is it going to take for Sikhs and Muslims to join together in solidarity against the common enemies of racist harassment and violence, racial and religious profiling, and Islamophobic bigotry?