Simran Jeet Singh is a scholar of religion currently based at NYU’s Center for Religion and Media. He is also senior religion fellow for the Sikh Coalition.
Comedian Hari Kondabolu on punching up and kicking down
(RNS) — Hari Kondabolu might be the only comic in the world with a Netflix special and a graduate degree in human rights.
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar on her journey, her resilience and her hopes for our future
(RNS) — ‘The decaying of the soul often leads to decaying of societies, of countries, of nations, of the world.’
A pat-down at the airport passes the shame of racial profiling to my 3-year-old
(RNS) — Racial profiling takes a toll on our deepest and most sacred relationships, reason enough to end this damaging and painful practice.
Sikh deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal: a life of service on the front lines of change
(RNS) — Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal accepted the risks of creating awareness, forging new relationships and building trust for Sikhs like him and minorities everywhere.
How do we make sense of Justin Trudeau in brownface?
(RNS) — Even when we excuse the perpetuation of stereotypes by claiming ignorance or good intentions, it’s undeniable that they impact others in harmful ways.
Why do racists hate ethnic and religious clothing?
(RNS) — Seeing someone dressed in unfamiliar attire, like a Punjabi kurta pajama, may cause confusion or raise an eyebrow. It should not be a cause for hate.
What it feels like to be told ‘Go back where you came from’
(RNS) — Divisive rhetoric is a serious threat to our dignity, but when people tell me to ‘go back’ to where I came from, my response is simple: I ask them what they have against Texans.
Conquering NBA fans’ hearts, Tacko Fall shows how sports bring us together
(RNS) — The love shown to a Senegalese Muslim basketball player — in a political moment of immense anti-immigrant, anti-black and anti-Muslim bigotry — shows us what a politically useful function sports can serve.
Raising a progressive Hindu voice to counter Indian Modi’s increasing power
(RNS) — Sunita Vishwanath founded Sadhana in 2011 to counter those in India and abroad who she believes are co-opting Hinduism for political gain.
Julián Castro: Democrats ‘put in a box’ on religion and morality
(RNS) — For both sides, treating human beings with basic respect and dignity, no matter who they are, is a test.
Quebec’s new law banning religious garments in public fails the reality test
(RNS) — Where the arguments of laicity offered by defenders of Quebec’s new law fall flat is in the real world.
Connecting the scourge of ethnic nationalism to the 1984 Sikh massacre
(RNS) — Ethno-nationalism is a regressive way of constructing and inhabiting a nation, yet its popularity is surging in the skyrocketing Hindu nationalism in India or the rise of white nationalism in the United States.
Asma Uddin: If we deprive Islam of its status as a religion, all religion is threatened
(RNS) — The argument against Islam, says legal scholar Asma Uddin in a Q&A, has nothing to do with a philosophical interrogation of ‘religion,’ and everything to do with depriving Muslims of their rights.
World’s oldest marathoner, at 108, is a model of more than simply stamina
(RNS) — The 108-year-old’s record-breaking running career traverses key issues like classism, racism, literacy bias, ableism and ageism.
On Vaisakhi, making the spiritual and long ago immediate and personal
(RNS) — Connecting with a sacred moment of servant-leadership can be done by looking for ways to incorporate humility into our daily lives.