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Post Spike In Hate Crimes, US Sikh Community Launches New Tool To Report Incidents

A gurudwara in Buena Park, California, was vandalized days after the San Bernardino shooting. Graffiti sprayed on the walls included the word "Islahm" [sic] and an expletive directed at the ISIS. In the past two months, the number of legal intakes the Sikh Coalition has processed has increased threefold. Now, a new resource known as Report Hate will address harassment and racism directed at Sikhs.
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Homophobia Has No Place In Sikhism

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) recently decided to not honour Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne during her visit to the Golden Temple because of her support for same-sex marriage. Wynne is also openly lesbian. SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar even said, "Offering her (Wynne) a siropa would be against Sikh ethics." It must be pointed out that they have not specified the theological basis of their decision. Alas, their own biases and homophobia are passed off as "Sikh ethics".

This Is What My Turban Means

"Don't you feel hot under your turban?" asked a colleague. I smiled, and replied to his curious question, "No king has ever felt hot under his crown. And for Sikhs the turban is our crown." Over the years I have found a deeper answer to this question: What is the importance of a turban? A Sikh turban symbolises the virtues and values that our Gurus have taught us.

A Bad Beard Day

For a 12th grade boy to be hauled up thus, the matter had to be pretty serious. I knew it did not have anything to do with his academic performance -- his teachers had already given up on that! "Well," he said, "they were livid because I hadn't shaved."