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California assembly member introduces resolution to include Sikhism in college religion courses

A lecture theater at the University of California Santa Barbara. (credit: The Graduate Post at UC Santa Barbara)

A lecture theater at the University of California Santa Barbara. (credit: The Graduate Post at UC Santa Barbara)

In California, State Assembly Member Dan Logue has introduced an Assembly resolution supporting the addition of Sikhism to world religion courses offered by the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU), and California Community Colleges systems (via the American Sikh Political Action Committee):

“I am a proud supporter of the Sikh community which has the largest community in the United States in the Yuba-Sutter area,” said Logue. “It’s about time that the CSU and UCs recognize the importance that Sikhism has as the world’s fifth largest religion.”

The resolution, entitled ACR-20 Postsecondary education: instruction in world religions: Sikhism, “would recognize the need for the inclusion of Sikhism in world religions, Eastern religions, Asian, and South Asian courses at all postsecondary educational institutions and recommend that the concerned governing bodies consider including Sikhism in their institution’s world religions, Eastern religions, Asian, and South Asian courses.”

Last September, California Governor, Jerry Brown signed a bill (SB 1540) into law to open California’s high school curriculum to revision so as to potentially include material on Sikhism.

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2 comments

  1. Keep in mind that some of the courses at these universities, including the one shown in the image, and others have not come without opposition by people in communities. For the lack of a better word there has been some “controversy.” Education for ourselves is first needed as well, on these situations, before we hurriedly try to educate others.

  2. Pingback: CA Senate and Assembly call for post-secondary education about Sikh Americans | American Turban

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