Sikh woman turns facial-hair ridicule on Reddit into teaching moment, receives apology from original poster


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  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 9:55 a.m.

    What a strong young lady. I know I couldn't do this. I really admire her.

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 1:22 p.m.

    That is one cool Sikh. I am impressed.

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    Sept. 28, 2012 2:04 p.m.

    Now if everyone could respect each other's differences in this life, including and especially
    their religion.
    Most of these articles would have half of the remarks they normally do and it would all be
    respectful and positive.
    What a nice thought.
    Thanks for a perfect example on how to react, respond and ultimately behave.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    i wonder if the wh house is expecting an embassy takeover after someone apologized?

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Sept. 28, 2012 2:37 p.m.

    "When I die, no one is going to remember what I looked like, heck, my kids will forget my voice, and slowly, all physical memory will fade away." - Balpreet Kaur

    200 years ago, that statement would have been true for the average person; however, with the advent of modern technology, people 200 years from now will know exactly what we looked liked and even what our voices sounded like.

    By the way, that is not a criticism of your looks or beliefs, merely an observation of the times we live in.

  • Kjallbee Orem, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 5:51 p.m.

    Thank you for the insight into your faith. Your conviction, and the peace it brings you, is inspiring.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 9:38 p.m.

    its truly sad that you feel the need to use the thread of such a positive story to spread such negativity. I would suggest maybe it is time to take a step back from the election and try to keep it all in perspective. this young lady is a great example for us all and frankly so is the young man that stood up took responsibility for his actions and apologized. We would all do well to remember to pause before speaking and posting.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 29, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    She ought to consider electrolysis. This is not a criticism or ridicule but a kindly suggestion. Religion has its place, but it is a wise person who doesn't take it to extremes or let it rule their life.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    Sept. 29, 2012 5:57 p.m.

    cjb, there is more at work here than the common logic of what comprises a worthwhile life. She obviously does not feel burdened by her religious beliefs - they bring her joy meaning. Your definition of extremes is very subjective, and you might remember that not everyone sees things as you do.

    In our Utah culture there are many religious practices that the majority of the world sees as irrational: pre-marital abstinence, eschewing coffee, spending three hours in church each Sunday, dropping everything to go live elsewhere in a deprived economic situation and provide service for two years, etc. I don't know anything about you, but everything I just mentioned is a portion of my normal life.

    On the other hands, I have some very close friends that reject the entire idea of God and all that goes with it. We understand one another's point of view and beliefs and accept them. In fact, I try to follow the recommendation of Depak Chopra, "I relinquish the need to defend my point of view or to convince others of it."

    Finally, she does not want electrolysis, and suggesting it demonstrates a lack of respect for her.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 29, 2012 9:12 p.m.

    @ cjb: "She ought to consider electrolysis. This is not a criticism or ridicule but a kindly suggestion. Religion has its place, but it is a wise person who doesn't take it to extremes or let it rule their life."

    Why? So she meets your standard of beauty? The Creator gave her that body - why should she create the sacrilege of changing it just so other people are comfortable?

    Would you tell a Mormon to get a tattoo? Should Pentecostal women be forced to cut their hair?

    She is not being "extreme" - she is living her beliefs. And if that makes you uncomfortable, that is a problem you have.