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Why (Another) Urban Outfitters Fiasco Still Makes Me Angry

Simran Kaur | Posted 12.11.2014 | 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 09.12.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?

'I Am Singh' Addresses Hate Crimes After 9/11

Ankita Rao | Posted 02.05.2012 | Religion
Ankita Rao

Despite an obvious flair for the dramatic, Indian actor-director Puneet Issar chose a New York City mosque rather than the red carpet to premier his Hindi film, "I Am Singh."

Nationalism: A Kind Of Identity Crisis

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 01.03.2012 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

To be totally honest, I don't totally buy into the whole nationalism thing. While it allows us to connect with others who belong to the same group, it also causes us to distinguish ourselves from people of other groups.

Attorney General Denies 'Entrapment' Of Oregon Muslim Suspect

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Attorney General Eric Holder defended the FBI's recent undercover investigation of an Oregon M...