Last fall, Ohio college student Balpreet Kaur became well-known for her response to a photo of her that was surreptitiously posted to the social website Reddit: The object of the photo was an attempt at mockery. Among the first 100 responses to the posting on Reddit were harsh and derogatory comments about Balpreet Kaur’s facial hair, gender, ethnicity, and religion. And, what began as mockery on one specific website was beginning to spread virally on the internet. Balpreet Kaur’s response […]
An article in the Dayton Daily News discusses white supremacist gangs in Ohio’s state prisons, and how that plague is now being seen outside of the prison system as well: “These guys are no joke,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. “This isn’t a club. These are tough, hard-core criminals. They’re nasty and we have to take them deadly seriously.” After recent violence in Texas and Colorado that has allegedly been at the hands of white supremacists, the issue of […]
Last week in Ohio, a leader of an Amish sect was given 15 years in prison for forcibly cutting the beards and hair of other Amish individuals in 2011. Others were also sentenced in what was considered an attack based on religious grounds: To the Amish, a beard is a significant symbol of faith and manhood, and the way Amish women wear their hair also is a symbol of faith. Persecuted as a hate crime, this case is relevant to […]
From the Springfield News-Sun in Ohio: “Misunderstood Middle Eastern group in spotlight Springfield resident will speak about the culture of Sikh families.” The full story is an announcement of an education session about Sikhs and Sikhism this Thursday at Wittenburg University in Springfield, Ohio. My guess is that whoever wrote the headline, didn’t read the article.
The Interfaith Association of Central Ohio is celebrating 25 years of bringing different religious groups together in their community: “There is a fear of the unknown,” said Jindal. “If you know each other, then there is no fear.” The organization brings together eight different religions (including Sikhism) and engages in activities in the Columbus area to educate the public and foster respect and harmony among the different faith groups. That they have done this work for 25 years within their community is inspiring!