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Friday October 22, 2010
RNB's Religion News BlogSant Baba Jeet Singh Ji MaharajSikhism:
An Indian holy man who tried to sue a journalist and a newspaper which said he was an impostor has been granted the right to appeal an earlier decision to strike out his libel claim.

Sitting at the Court of Appeal today Lady Justice Smith approved an oral application to renew the appeal on behalf of His Holiness Sant Baba Jeet Singh Ji Maharaj.

The holy man – who heads the Nirmal Kutia Johal religious order – originally had his attempt to sue journalist Hardeep Singh and Eastern Media Group – owner of the Sikh Times – struck out at the High Court in May.

The action came over an article Singh wrote for The Sikh Times in August 2007 in which alleged – the libel claim suggested – the holy man was the leader of a cult and an impostor who had disturbed the peace in the Sikh community of High Wycombe and promoted blasphemy and the sexual exploitation and abuse of women.

Wednesday July 14, 2010
RNB's Religion News BlogSikhism:
A school that fought a legal battle to force a Sikh pupil to remove a religious bracelet spent at least £170,000 on the lost case, it emerged yesterday.

And an MP last night accused the school of using technicalities to avoid divulging how much money it actually spent, fearing it could be much more.

Friday July 2, 2010
RNB's Religion News BlogSikhism:
England’s Department for Transport has delayed plans to bring in hand searches at UK airport security because of concerns from a Sikh group. Sikhs are concerned it could mean hand checks of turbans or demands for the religious headwear to be removed. The changes have already been implemented across the EU.

Tuesday May 18, 2010
Sant Baba Jeet Singh Ji MaharajSikhism:
Baba Jeet Singh Ji Jeet Singh claimed that an article written by Hardeep Singh in a British newspaper suggested he was the leader of a cult and promoted blasphemy and the sexual exploitation and abuse of women.

The trial could not proceed as any finding would require the court to enter into issues of doctrine, tradition and practice of the Sikh religion which was contrary to established legal authority

Tuesday April 13, 2010
Sikhism:
Indian Sikhs celebrated World Turban Day on Tuesday to demonstrate the importance of retaining the headgear rather than adopting Western-style haircuts.

Monday April 12, 2010
Sikhism:
Divisions among Canadian Sikhs over the ongoing controversy about the Dasam Granth reached a flash point with hardliners using kirpans to attack supporters of former Akal Takht head priest Darshan Singh Ragi who suspects the authenticity of the scripture.

Monday January 4, 2010
Sikhism:
Turban The Sikh scriptures and the Punjabi language of many Sikhs were written in a script known as Gurmukhi. So to be fully initiated into the religion, you must know how to read it.

That has created a problem for Sikh immigrant communities.

Tuesday December 16, 2008
Sikhism:
Turban A Sikh rights group asked a U.N. human rights committee on Monday to declare that France violated a student’s rights by expelling him for wearing a turban and to recommend repealing the law that led to it.

France passed a law in 2004 banning children in state primary and secondary schools from wearing conspicuous religious symbols, including Muslim headscarves, Jewish yarmulkes, large Christian crosses and Sikh turbans.

Sunday December 7, 2008
Religious IntoleranceSikhism:
Sikhs Instead of investigating a reported burglary, a posse of cops reportedly committed a variety of hate crimes against members of a Sikh family.

One deputy reportedly asked them if they’d “heard about the bombings in Bombay.” Another allegedly said he had been to Kuwait and “knew about Muslims.”

Since 9/11, misperceptions about Sikhs’ religiously mandated turbans and beards have led to an increase in discrimination against Sikhs, according to the New York-based Sikh Coalition.

Friday November 28, 2008
Sikhism:
Sikh In a statement, the court recognised that the rule on photographs ‘amounted to interference with the exercise of the right to freedom of religion‘, but judged that this was justified

Freedom of religion ‘did not always guarantee the right to behave in a manner governed by a religious belief and did not confer on people who did so the right to disregard rules that had proved to be justified,’ the court said.

Wednesday July 30, 2008
Sikhism:
Kara Sikh bracelet A Sikh teenager excluded from school for breaking a “no jewellery” rule by refusing to remove a Kara — a wrist bangle which is central to her faith — was a victim of unlawful discrimination, a judge in England has ruled.

Thursday June 19, 2008
Sikhism:
A Sikh schoolgirl who was excluded from classes because she refused to remove a religious bracelet will take her fight to the High Court today in what could prove to be a pivotal case in the debate over religious expression in schools.

Tuesday June 17, 2008
Sikhism:
Sukhbir Channa, 24, sued Disney last week in Hillsborough County claiming that the theme park company refused to rehire him in 2006 because his beard, long hair and his turban — which he contends are religiously-mandated — did not conform with Disney’s grooming and dress requirements known as “The Disney Look.”

Monday June 16, 2008
Sikhism:
turban West Midlands Police started its search after one Sikh constable decided he wanted to join the counter-terrorist Operational Support Unit.

The man, thought to be in his mid-20s, was refused a place because he was unable to fit the necessary helmet and respirator over his turban and beard, both of which are requirements for strict adherents to his faith.

Thursday March 27, 2008
Sikhism:
The District Attorney’s Office pressed felony charges against three suspects, alleging they had taken the turban because of their perceptions of Singh’s religion or national origin. But last week, a grand jury declined to indict the men on those charges, instead accusing them of misdemeanor harassment and third-degree theft.

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