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Army Makes Sole Exception to Beard Rule

Sikh combat soldier could set a precedent

(Newser) - A decorated US Army captain has become the first active-duty combat soldier in decades allowed to wear a beard for religious reasons. Simratpal Singh—who had to cut off the long hair and beard his religion requires when he signed up almost a decade ago—was granted a temporary exemption... More »

Sikh Portrayed as Paris Terrorist, Media Fooled

Social media and news outlets were quick to make the doctored image go viral

(Newser) - “Let us start with the basics,” Veerender Jubbal tweeted. “Never been to Paris. Am a Sikh dude with a turban. Lives in Canada.” The message was in response to a doctored image of Jubbal that went viral after Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, the Mary... More »

Sikh Man Breaks Protocol, Removes Turban to Help Boy

Harman Singh got a surprise of his own after his act of kindness

(Newser) - Harman Singh is a devout Sikh, meaning his turban stays on his head at all times when he's not in the privacy of his own home. But Singh broke religious protocol earlier this month when 5-year-old Daejon Pahia was hit by a car in Auckland, New Zealand. The 22-year-old... More »

NYC Mob Attacks Sikh Prof, Thinking He's Muslim

Attackers shouted 'get Osama' before fracturing man's jaw

(Newser) - In what police are investigating as a hate crime, a Columbia University professor was badly beaten on a New York City street Saturday by a mob that apparently believed he was a Muslim. Police say Prabjot Singh, a 31-year-old Sikh, was attacked just blocks from his home by a group... More »

Sikhs May Call for Ban on Rowling's New Book

'The Casual Vacancy' upsets faithful in India

(Newser) - JK Rowling's new book is not going over well in India, where Sikhs are angry over the depiction of a Sikh character in The Casual Vacancy. Sukhvinder, a female, is teased and called a "hairy man-woman" (Sikhs are prohibited from shaving or trimming their hair) and "the... More »

Thousands to Honor Sikh Temple Victims Today

Eric Holder, Scott Walker, Paul Ryan will attend memorial

(Newser) - Thousands of mourners are expected to gather this morning to pay their final respects to the six worshipers gunned down by a white supremacist at their Sikh temple over the weekend in Wisconsin. US Attorney General Eric Holder will join mourners from around the world for the service, which will... More »

How to Fight Bigotry? Take Lesson From Sikhs

Their inclusiveness should remind US of its ideals: Arjun Sethi

(Newser) - Memo to bigots: Sikhs are not Muslims, even if the turbans confuse you. Whole separate religion going on there. But even as Washington lawyer Arjun Sethi, who grew up as a Sikh in America, points out the distinction, he doesn't want to dwell on it. That's because Muslims,... More »

Temple Shooter's Girlfriend Praises 'Heroes' at Scene

Misty Cook says put focus on them, not her

(Newser) - The ex-girlfriend of the man who opened fire on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin is drawing scrutiny of her own from police, but her first public statement is all about offering solace to the victims. "The reaction of the Sikh community around the world has been admirable," Misty... More »

Sikh Temple Shooter Killed Self: FBI

Wade Michael Page shot self in head after being shot by police

(Newser) - Wisconsin Sikh temple shooter Wade Michael Page died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head after he was shot and wounded by police, the FBI announced at a news conference today. An FBI special agent added that investigators have interviewed more than 100 people, combed through Page's email, and... More »

Mitt Laments 'Sheik' Temple Tragedy

It was the end of a long day: spokesman

(Newser) - You say "Sikh," Mitt Romney says ... "sheik." The campaigning candidate yesterday lamented the mass shooting inside a Wisconsin Sikh temple, but he mistakenly used the Arab Muslim honorific instead. “We obviously have challenges around the country. I was in Chicago earlier today. We had a... More »

Investigators Had Eye on Sikh Temple Shooter

But without evidence, they couldn't move on him: source

(Newser) - Federal investigators had their eye on Sikh temple shooter Wade Michael Page a number of times because they were concerned about his white supremacist ties and background—but never took any action against him, a senior law enforcement source tells the Los Angeles Times . Investigators suspected he may have donated... More »

Sikh Temple Shooter Heavily Involved in Skinhead Scene

Wade Michael Page a member of 2 white power music groups

(Newser) - More details are emerging on Wade Michael Page , the Army vet suspected of killing six at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee, and his involvement in white supremacist groups . Over the past 10 years, Page played guitar and sang in at least two skinhead punk bands, Fox News reports: Definite Hate... More »

Sikh Temple Shooting Suspect IDed Wade Michael Page

(Newser) - The man suspected of killing six at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin yesterday before being shot dead by a cop has been identified as Wade Michael Page, sources tell Fox News . And more details on Page are trickling in, by way of NBC and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel :
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'White Supremacist' Shooter Served in US Army

Tattoos convinced authorities it was domestic terrorism: sources

(Newser) - Federal investigators believe that the gunman in the deadly Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting was a "white supremacist" who acted alone—and they classified it as domestic terrorism based in part on the messages tattooed on his body (which reportedly include a 9/11 tattoo on one arm), sources say. The... More »

7 Dead in Wisconsin Temple Shooting

FBI treating it as domestic terrorism

(Newser) - At least seven people are dead and several injured after a shooting at a Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee today, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Police are still sorting out the chaotic scene, but at least one gunman opened fire at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek. The... More »

India Fumes Over Leno Joke

Will discuss spoof on Sikh holy place with State Department

(Newser) - Jay Leno has created a bit of an international brouhaha over a joke that's not sitting well with India's Sikh community. The Tonight Show last week displayed a picture of the holiest Sikh temple—the stunning Golden Temple of Amritsar—before Leno called it Mitt Romney's summer... More »

Obama Skipping Sikh Temple to Dodge Muslim Rumors

Source says head covering was an issue

(Newser) - President Obama won't be visiting Sikh worshipers' holiest site on his upcoming trip to India because he doesn't want to fuel rumors that he is a Muslim, a US official tells the New York Times . Visitors to Amritsar's Golden Temple are required to cover their heads and the White House... More »

Don't Let This Army Captain Wear a Beard

Uniform, appearance exceptions a slippery slope to ruin

(Newser) - Following the Fort Hood shootings, top Army brass have worried about a “backlash” against Muslim soldiers. Funny, then, that the Army itself is creating the climate for backlash by eroding the uniform code with concessions to religious custom, writes Elaine Donnelly . Capt. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi, a Sikh, was granted... More »

India Riots Bust Out After Austria Temple Killing

Punjab erupts in violence after Sikh guru's murder

(Newser) - Riots have broken out in dozens of cities across the Indian state of Punjab after a Sikh guru was killed in a temple in Austria yesterday. Thousands of protesters have damaged public property and set trains on fire, and in one city four people were injured when police fired on... More »

Gun Battle in Vienna Temple Wounds 6

Shooters stormed into temple with knives, gun

(Newser) - A mid-afternoon shootout between members of two families at an Indian religious temple in Vienna left nine people seriously injured, Reuters reports. Authorities arrested six men who barged into the Sikh temple with knives and a gun. The men, who number among the wounded, apparently were extremists who opposed the... More »

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