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Sikh faith highlighted as a social media star objects to turbaned men on a plane

By Jonathan Woodward — March 23, 2019
This week an Instagram star became the most recent object lesson in prejudice and bigotry. Influencer Jess Hilarious published a raft of posts to her social accounts reaching millions of people – telling the story of how 4 men in turbans made her feel ‘threatened’. The posts were met with intense backlash.   Jess responded […]

Jess Hilarious profiled four Sikhs on a plane. Our government does so every day.

By Simran Jeet Singh — March 18, 2019
(RNS) — Why wouldn’t someone feel fearful when seeing a man with a turban on their airplane? Isn’t that precisely what society teaches us to think?

How 9/11 spurred New Jersey’s Sikh attorney general into public service

By Simran Jeet Singh — March 8, 2019
(RNS) — New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal's faith is not the primary driver of his work as attorney general; its core teachings of service, justice and kindness are, and they align well with his progressive approach to policy.

Why Sikhs don’t throw Muslims under the bus

By Simran Jeet Singh — January 28, 2019
(RNS) — Why do Sikhs like me challenge anti-Muslim hate when our religion is completely distinct? The answer starts with fairness but extends to our communities' long history of mutual regard.

Simran Jeet Singh: American Sikhs will begin to conquer the skeletons in their closet

By Simran Jeet Singh — December 20, 2018
RNS asked some of the country’s top faith leaders, scholars and activists to consider what changes the religion landscape will see in 2019. Find all their predictions here. In 2019, Sikhs will make a concerted effort to address major issues within the community that have been ignored for far too long. Many of these issues comport […]

Who are the Sikhs and what are their beliefs?

By Simran Jeet Singh — August 10, 2018
(The Conversation) — More than 500,000 Sikh Americans face a growing amount of hate crimes, mainly from ignorance. A Sikh scholar explains the tenets and history of the faith, including why they wear turbans.

Suicide bomber targets Sikhs, Hindus in Afghanistan; 19 dead

By Associated Press — July 1, 2018
(AP) — A suicide bomber targeted a group of Sikhs and Hindus on their way to meet Afghanistan’s president in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Sunday, killing at least 19 people.

Simran Jeet Singh: Sikh political leaders emerge around the world

By Simran Jeet Singh — December 21, 2017
(RNS) — We asked Simran Jeet Singh, a senior religion fellow for the Sikh Coalition, to consider what 2018 will mean for religion.

Enlisting SpongeBob and ‘Game of Thrones’ to counter anti-Sikh prejudice

By Adelle M. Banks — August 23, 2017
(RNS) — 'I'm obsessed with Star Wars,' says a turbaned man who appears in one of the videos that are part of the 'We Are Sikhs' media campaign.

Nikki Haley’s Sikh heritage will help her protect minority religions

By Rahuldeep Singh Gill — January 18, 2017
(RNS) Humanitarians around the world will be counting on Haley to champion voices of the unheard in her role as U.N. ambassador. Her heritage will give her strength.

Afghanistan’s dwindling Sikh, Hindu communities flee abuses

By RNS staff — June 23, 2016
(Reuters) Once a thriving minority, only a handful of Sikh and Hindu families remain in Afghanistan. Many have chosen to flee the country of their birth, blaming growing discrimination and intolerance.

Army will let Sikh officer keep turban, beard on active duty

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — April 1, 2016
(RNS) The Army concluded that to allow beards for medical reasons but ban them for religious reasons was discriminatory.

No ‘discriminatory’ tests for Sikh soldier, judge tells the Army

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — March 4, 2016
(RNS) The ruling called the tests "discriminatory" and likely to discourage soldiers from seeking religious accommodations.

Sikh actor demands Mexican airline change staff behavior

By Aysha Khan — February 9, 2016
(RNS) Waris Ahluwalia was boarding a flight to New York City when he was told to publicly remove his turban for a security screening -- even though he had not triggered a metal detector.

Anti-Muslim rhetoric puts Sikhs on edge too

By Katherine Davis-Young — December 16, 2015
(RNS) Mistaken for Muslims, Sikh Americans are often the victims of Islamophobic speech and violence.
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