Rest in power Sandeep Dhaliwal.

Rest in power Sandeep Dhaliwal. A Harris County deputy, Dhaliwal was murdered from behind during a traffic stop. He is being remembered as a trailblazer as he was the first Sikh in Texas to wear his turban while on duty. This story is so sad, as it is so important for law enforcement to be able to safely and effectively communicate with all types of people living in their communities. Articles of faith such as this represent a Sikh's commitment to equality, service and justice.

Sikhism is the world's fifth-largest religion. There are more than 500,000 Sikhs in the U.S. Sikhism rejects claims that any particular religious tradition has a monopoly on Absolute Truth. Service in Sikhism takes three forms: "Tan" – physical service; "Man" – mental service (such as studying to help others); and "Dhan" – material service. Sikhism stresses kirat karō: that is "honest work". Sikh teachings also stress the concept of sharing, or vaṇḍ chakkō, giving to the needy for the benefit of the community.

Forgiveness is taught as a virtue in Sikhism, yet it also teaches its faithful to shun those with evil intentions and to pick up the sword to fight injustice and religious persecution. Sikhism does not differentiate religious obligations by gender. God in Sikhism has no gender, and the Sikh scripture does not discriminate against women, nor bar them from any roles

I am well aware that we are all individuals with our own thoughts and ideas of how to best pursue happiness, however, in my time here Sikhs and Quakers have been some of the most awesome people that I have encountered. Truly fighting for justice and liberties for people and all living things.

There may not be evidence to support that Betsy Ross made the first flag or that she was an abolitionist. But she was definitely a Quaker. The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) played a major role in the abolition movement against slavery in both the United Kingdom and in the United States of America. Quakers were among the first white people to denounce slavery in the American colonies and Europe, and the Society of Friends became the first organization to take a collective stand against both slavery and the slave trade, later spearheading the international and ecumenical campaigns against slavery.

Quaker colonists began questioning slavery in Barbados in the 1670s, but first openly denounced it in 1688. In that year, four German settlers (the Lutheran Francis Daniel Pastorius and three Quakers) issued a protest from Germantown, close to Philadelphia in the newly founded American colony of Pennsylvania. This action, although seemingly overlooked at the time, ushered in almost a century of active debate among Pennsylvanian Quakers about the morality of slavery which saw energetic anti-slavery writing and direct action from several Quakers, including William Southeby, John Hepburn, Ralph Sandiford, and Benjamin Lay.

During the 1740s and 50s, anti-slavery sentiment took a firmer hold. A new generation of Quakers, including John Woolman, Anthony Benezet and David Cooper, protested against slavery, and demanded that Quaker society cut ties with the slave trade. They were able to carry popular Quaker sentiment with them and, beginning in the 1750s, Pennsylvanian Quakers tightened their rules, by 1758 making it effectively an act of misconduct to engage in slave trading. The London Yearly Meeting soon followed, issuing a ‘strong minute’ against slave trading in 1761.

For a shilling, early 18th-century Philadelphians could visit Pennsylvania Hospital on a Sunday afternoon to gawk at the mad men and women, chained and raving in the dank hospital basement. It was good entertainment for the masses but not for the members of the Society of Friends.

The public display of lunatics offended the moral sensibilities of the Quakers who preached that God dwells within every man. Unlike their contemporaries who saw insanity as a form of demonic possession, the Quakers believed that the mentally ill could be cured if treated with kindness and respect in a salubrious atmosphere.

It was this belief that led the Philadelphia Quakers in 1813 to found the first private psychiatric hospital in the United States, the Friends Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason. There the Quakers practiced a method of care that came to be known as the ''moral treatment'' of the insane. In so doing, they laid the foundation for modern psychiatric medicine in the United States. Quakers played a very significant role in the development of the humane treatment of the mentally ill in the United States.

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