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Friday October 22, 2010 RNB's Religion News Blog • Sant Baba Jeet Singh Ji Maharaj • Sikhism:
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
Monday January 4, 2010 Sikhism:
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.
Friday July 17, 2009 RNB Roundup:
Today’s RNB Religion News Roundup includes pagan police officers, and offensive garden gnome, and the Virgin Mary as an exorcist.
Then there are ‘White Sikhs,’ Freemasons, and a Muslim wannabe suicide bomber.
Also: a look a expensive yoga retreats, and a study that shows the downsides of positive thinking.
Plus lots of other religion and ethics-related stuff…
Tuesday December 16, 2008 Sikhism:
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 Intolerance • Sikhism:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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