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Balbir Singh Sodhi, early victim of 9/11 hate, honored on 20th anniversary of his death

By Alejandra Molina — September 16, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Balbir Uncle’s story could have ended here,’ said activist Valarie Kaur, ‘but this was not the end of his story. His death was a beginning because of how he lived.’
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9/11 became a catalyst for interfaith relations and cooperation

By Adelle M. Banks — September 9, 2021
(RNS) — Though anti-Muslim sentiments grew in the wake of 9/11, another legacy of that historic day is the evolution and advancement of interfaith cooperation in the United States.

Racial and religious profiling remains a legacy of 9/11 — one we must end

By Maya Berry, Satjeet Kaur — September 9, 2021
(RNS) — Americans from Muslim, Arab, Sikh, South Asian and other communities were suddenly subject to a torrent of suspicion and hate after 9/11, and that suspicion has been institutionalized by discriminatory government profiling and policies.

Anti-Sikh bigotry didn’t start with 9/11. That fact got me through it.

By Simran Jeet Singh — September 8, 2021
(RNS) — When people ask me how I’m able to endure the specter of bigotry as a visible Sikh in modern America, the answer now feels simple and honest: perspective.

Young Sikhs still struggle with post-Sept. 11 discrimination

By Anita Snow, Noreen Nasir — September 7, 2021
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Such attacks can be particularly hard on young Sikhs, who face bullying by classmates who try to yank off their turbans or mock them as ‘Osama’s nephew’ or ‘Saddam Hussein.’

20 years after the first Taliban regime, will we again target people based on how they look?

By Simran Jeet Singh — August 18, 2021
(RNS) — Have we learned anything about our own bigotry and extremism, and the rights of religious minorities?

Back-to-school time influences congregations’ decisions on masking and meeting

By Adelle M. Banks — August 16, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We're just trying to thread the needle and try to keep kids safe, trying to keep them mostly in outdoor environments and trying to keep them connected,' said one pastor.

Giannis Antetokounmpo: NBA stardom without the ego

By Simran Jeet Singh — August 10, 2021
(RNS) — Spiritual lessons from the NBA Finals' MVP.

Sikh temple under construction vandalized in New Hyde Park

By Alejandra Molina — August 5, 2021
(RNS) — A Nassau County Sikh gurdwara under construction in New Hyde Park was vandalized with graffiti declaring, ‘Trump 2024 Make America Great Again!,’ according to the Sikh Coalition and law enforcement.

Samrath Singh, first turbaned Sikh to play NCAA baseball, is more than the challenges he has overcome

By Simran Jeet Singh — August 5, 2021
(RNS) — ‘I’m confident in who I am and I love myself, and the people around me, my own beliefs, and my religion, have helped me accept myself and be proud of who I am,’ said New Jersey native and Boston College senior Samrath Singh.

Sikh American soldiers continue to campaign for right to wear beard, turban

By Joseph Hammond — July 29, 2021
(RNS) — A memorial ceremony for a Sikh soldier on Thursday (July 29) at Arlington brings to the fore again the unequal religious accommodations extended to Sikhs across the military.

Reparations bill gains momentum as an interfaith cause

By Adelle M. Banks — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It is all about how can we repair the damage to those among us who have been hurt because of past practices,’ said an Evanston, Illinois, pastor.

RNS News Quiz: Ben & Jerry’s and Wally Funk

By Emily Churchill — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — Test your knowledge of the week's current events in the world of religion.
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