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Prayers at Sikh Temple in New York erupt in sword fight
Yahoo ^ | 4/25/11 | Jonathan Allen

Posted on 04/26/2011 4:50:56 AM PDT by Libloather

Prayers at Sikh Temple in New York erupt in sword fight
By Jonathan Allen
Mon Apr 25, 6:51 pm ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A leadership dispute that turned violent at a Sikh temple in New York, interrupting prayers with swinging swords and cricket bats, landed congregants in court on Monday on criminal charges, a prosecutor said.

Amid screaming, yelling, punching and the swinging of weapons, followers of the two men who each claim to be the rightful president of the Baba Makhan Shah Lobana Sikh Center in Richmond Hill set upon each other on Sunday morning, according to court documents filed by the Queens District Attorney's office.

Eight men were arrested on various charges of assault, criminal possession of a weapon and disruption of a religious service, police said. A police officer suffered minor injuries during the brawl.

"It's shameful for everybody," said Gurmej Singh, who said he was elected as president effective at the beginning of the year. "This is a religious place where we go for peace and people are ready to be killing each other. I feel bad."

He said that his rival for the presidency, Jarnail Singh, arrived with a gang of followers carrying weapons early on Sunday morning and waited inside the temple and started shouting at and attacking worshipers as they arrived, threatening to kill them.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: nyc; rop; sikh; swords; temple
Yep - there's a video of it out there somewhere. Fox News just aired it.
1 posted on 04/26/2011 4:51:03 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Never bring a cricket bat to a sword fight...


2 posted on 04/26/2011 4:53:24 AM PDT by JRios1968 (Of course Laz would hit it!)
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To: Libloather
Eight men were arrested on various charges of assault, criminal possession of a weapon and disruption of a religious service...
I don't know if "disruption of a religious service" is a fair charge in this case. Seems like this was the content of the religious service.
3 posted on 04/26/2011 4:54:33 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: JRios1968

Religion of pieces?


4 posted on 04/26/2011 4:54:33 AM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Libloather

I think a little grass before breakfast is in order here.

Gentlemen, choose your weapons.

Cricket bats if you please...


5 posted on 04/26/2011 5:01:45 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: samtheman

Seems to me it was a Culturally adjudicated difference of
opinion and they should have been left to a final disposition.


6 posted on 04/26/2011 5:02:21 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: samtheman
I didn't even know “disruption of a religious service” was a crime. Disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, assault, etc. would seem to cover it.

Wouldn't “disruption of a religious service” be something the crazy funeral protesters could be charged with?

7 posted on 04/26/2011 5:03:03 AM PDT by Never on my watch (WTF happened to my country?)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

LOL!

The cricket bat makes the story IMHO...too funny.

It could have been worse; he could have brought his polo mallet (whatever that’s called in the polo world)...ouch.

The Mrs


8 posted on 04/26/2011 5:06:21 AM PDT by CT Hillbilly
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To: Libloather
Yep - there's a video of it out there somewhere.

Yep, here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inK4n9GiFgQ

9 posted on 04/26/2011 5:10:25 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: CT Hillbilly
"The cricket bat makes the story IMHO...too funny."

Ya' know, the NRA last year or the year before filed an amicus brief or supported some measure to fight restrictions on knives. So they are open to protecting our right to arms for more than firearms. Could it be? Is it possible that someday in the future the NRA will be out there fighting for our right to keep and bear cricket bats???
10 posted on 04/26/2011 5:11:32 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Libloather

Religion of pieces?

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Please tell me you don’t think Sikhs are Muslims.


11 posted on 04/26/2011 5:15:07 AM PDT by dmz
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

Anything to keep the crickets happy....

;)


12 posted on 04/26/2011 5:15:21 AM PDT by CT Hillbilly
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To: Libloather

” interrupting prayers with swinging swords and cricket bats, “

Now there’s a phrase I bet you NEVER thought you’d see in print.


13 posted on 04/26/2011 5:20:54 AM PDT by Humble Servant
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To: dmz
Please tell me you don’t think Sikhs are Muslims.

Please tell me that you watched the video and saw the 30 swords come out. (They're very well armed, BTW.)

14 posted on 04/26/2011 5:21:35 AM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: JRios1968

LMAO! Good one...


15 posted on 04/26/2011 5:21:56 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: Libloather

I think that its part of their religion that every male has to wear a sword.


16 posted on 04/26/2011 5:23:30 AM PDT by Mercat (Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.)
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To: Libloather

We’ve had a Sikh riot at the temple down the street involving the police. No sword fights, just a lot of turbans knocked off, which is apparently an insult worse than injury among the Sikhs. There must have been a hundred white turbans scattered in the parking lot after the cops cleared the place.


17 posted on 04/26/2011 5:23:47 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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The Sikh religion was created to fight muslims. I hate to see them infighting.
18 posted on 04/26/2011 5:34:27 AM PDT by allmost
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To: Thrownatbirth
No sword fights, just a lot of turbans knocked off, which is apparently an insult worse than injury among the Sikhs.

Sounds like a massive disturbans.
19 posted on 04/26/2011 5:35:35 AM PDT by posterchild
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To: Libloather

Saw Swords,
Swang Same


20 posted on 04/26/2011 5:56:48 AM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: Libloather

Most Sikhs I’ve met have been very decent people. I am sorry to see something like this happen.


21 posted on 04/26/2011 6:35:17 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: samtheman
Never bring a cricket bat to a sword fight...

I don't know what this says about me, but I would like to see a bunch of people fighting each other with cricket bats and swords. It sounds like something right out of a Douglas Adams' novel.
22 posted on 04/26/2011 6:56:23 AM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: posterchild

LOL!


23 posted on 04/26/2011 6:59:35 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Libloather

“Welcome to tonight’s prayer group. In case of a swordfight, please exit through the tan doori.”


24 posted on 04/26/2011 7:07:40 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Mercat

I thought Sikhs fulfill the sword requirement by wearing a miniature symbolic sword the size of a letter opener.

Anyway, the game of cricket is huge in the lands of the former British Raj. IMO a baseball bat is a far more effective blunt weapon than a cricket bat.

Lots of swordplay but no reports of stab wounds?


25 posted on 04/26/2011 8:16:55 AM PDT by elcid1970 (Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca. Death to Islam.)
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To: Libloather

I dunno, I think society would be much more civil if we all could carry swords (and knew how to use them)


26 posted on 04/26/2011 8:32:01 AM PDT by ScoutLaw (TLHFCKOCTBCR. Too long for a tag, but living Scout Law since 1974.)
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To: af_vet_rr
would like to see a bunch of people fighting each other with cricket bats and swords
It's an intriguing concept. I've never hefted a cricket bat by I imagine that in the right hands it might be a fair-to-middling weapon against a sword. I would definitely watch (but not wager).
27 posted on 04/26/2011 8:53:18 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: tet68
Seems to me it was a Culturally adjudicated difference of opinion and they should have been left to a final disposition.
LOL!

That's one of the best dry-wit posts I've read in FR in a long time. Thanks for making me laugh!

28 posted on 04/26/2011 9:11:44 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Libloather

Forgive my incorrect assumption, as ‘religion of pieces’ is often code for Muslim around here.


29 posted on 04/26/2011 9:44:30 AM PDT by dmz
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To: CT Hillbilly

Talk about being in a “sticky wicket.”


30 posted on 04/26/2011 9:46:23 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Libloather

31 posted on 04/26/2011 9:50:58 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

This thread so wrong on some many levels SO UN PC

That what I love about FR LOL!


32 posted on 04/26/2011 11:28:41 AM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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