Religious Diversity News

Showing all news articles with tradition Sikhism AND in metro area Boston.

AutoZone Sued for Firing Everett Sikh

Author: Jerry Kronenberg

Source: The Boston Herald

Federal officials claim AutoZone illegally fired an Everett worker who converted to Sikhism – and did little to stop supervisors and customers from calling the man “bin Laden” and “terrorist” once he began wearing a turban.


The U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission yesterday sued Memphis-based AutoZone on behalf of Frank Mahoney Burroughs, a salesman allegedly fired after some three years working at the chain’s Everett store.

U.S. Government Finds AutoZone Humiliated And Harassed Sikh Employee

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Coalition

Earlier this week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found that a Boston area AutoZone store unlawfully discriminated against a Sikh employee because of his religion. Managers at AutoZone insulted and humiliated the Sikh employee and fired him when he refused to remove his turban.”

Putting Their Best Facial Hair Forward

Author: Alex Spanko

Source: The Boston Globe

Todd Easton didn’t want to part with his bushy beard during the cold winter months. So to justify his decision to remain hairy, he did what any upstanding facial hair enthusiast would do: He pitched a beard and mustache competition to the Somerville Arts Council.

“I have this big beard,’’ he said. “I might as well do something with it.’’

To his surprise, they took him up on the proposal and set the stage for an all-out beard brawl this Saturday at Precinct in Union Square. The format is simple. Participants will compete for pride and prizes – first place gets a medal designed by Easton himself – in five categories, from the traditional full beard to the more exotic “freestyle partial beard,’’ which opens up the field to goatees and sideburns.

It’s a far cry from the World Beard and Moustache Championships, a biannual Olympiad of handlebars and Fu Manchus that last year attracted several hundred men to Anchorage to compete for prizes in 18 categories. But Easton and the Somerville Arts Council hope it will at least bring people and excitement to Union Square during the traditionally slow winter season – and Easton says the response has been encouraging.

Mass. Man Looks for Love In Arranged Marriage

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Boston Channel

Like any man about to walk down the aisle, Boston restauranteur Shingara Singh had some last minute jitters before his wedding ceremony.

“My whole family go through same; I want to do same thing too,” Singh said.

Unlike the majority of grooms-to-be, however, Singh had never seen or spoken to his fiancée until the wedding day. The 42-year-old relied on friends and family members to find him a soul mate through the Indian custom of arranged marriage.

Singh and his 25-year-old bride, Sarbjit Kaur, were wed in Milford on Saturday, three days after Kaur arrived in the country. The 25-year-old moved from the Philippines, where she lived with her parents, to be with Singh in Massachusetts.

Boston Police and Sikh American Community Achieve Landmark Partnership

Source: SALDEF

Washington, D.C. – December 11, 2007: The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), the nation’s oldest and largest Sikh American civil rights organization, concluded a highly successful year-long campaign to train the entire Boston Police Department (BPD) on Sikh religious practices. The over 3,000 BPD officers join the 95,000 trained by SALDEF across the nation.

For Sikhs, Reaching Out is No Easy Task

Author: Victoria Cheng

Source: The Boston Globe

The weather was warm and the chilled drinks were free, but some people in Somerville’s Union Square still weren’t buying.

Members of a local Sikh temple — the women in vibrant tunics and some of the men in turbans — had spread across the square last weekend to give away soft drinks and water to passersby and carloads of people stuck in construction traffic.

The responses ranged from a quick “No, thanks” to a skeptical “Nothing’s free,” and, most frequently, a curious “Free? But why?”

The drinks are distributed to commemorate the death of Guru Arjan Dev Ji, a Sikh spiritual teacher from the 17th century, said Satvir Kaur

, who teaches Punjabi classes at the Sikh Sangat Society Boston temple in Somerville. “It’s also a way to give back to the community and to raise awareness about the Sikh faith,” she said.

Sikhs have been reaching out to Greater Boston for several years. But the puzzled reactions last weekend showed that many of their neighbors are still not acquainted with the religion.

Hate Crimes Soar in Massachusetts

Source: The Boston Herald

On September 25, 2002 The Boston Herald reported that “the number of hate crimes in Massachusetts rose dramatically in the year of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, largely as a result of a backlash against Muslims and Arabs, according to a new state report. A total of 576 incidents were reported in 2001, up 24 percent from the 463 reported in 2000, according to the Governor’s Task Force on Hate Crimes. Among them were 133 crimes motivated by religious bias, a 43 percent increase over the previous year’s 93, mostly due to a 10-fold increase in anti-Islamic incidents. Those attacks soared from three in 2000 to 30 last year, causing crimes based on religious affiliation to surpass those based on sexual orientation to become the second most common type of bias, behind only race, ethnicity or national origin, the task force found.”