Nikki Haley is a Member if a Methodist Church. She says she is a Christian. But for all of those naive folks who want to make an issue of her background, I thought a little information about Sikhism was in order.
Nikki Haley (born Nimrata Randhawa) was born in Bamberg, South Carolina. Her parents, Dr. Ajit and Raj Randhawa, are Indian Punjabi Sikh immigrants from Amritsar and she has an older brother Mitti, sister Simran Singh, and younger brother Charan.She went to Clemson University and majored in Accounting and then joined the FCR Corporation before joining her mother’s business, Exotica International, in 1994. The family business grew to a multi million dollar company.
Sikhism’s central theological belief is that there is one God for all of creation, a loving Creator attainable through meditation upon and remembrance of God’s Name. In addition, Sikhs are expected to lead moral lives, earn their living through hard work and honest means, and to share the fruits of their labor through charitable contributions and work. Sikhism is a way of life that advocates the practice of holistic life experiences-work, worship, and service-in order to attain perpetual union with God, while creating a just social order in this world. A Sikh is encouraged to lead a family lifestyle, and to avoid asceticism as a means of reaching God. Spurred by their religion’s dictates, Sikhs have a long, celebrated heritage of speaking out against injustice, and standing up for the defenseless.
The twenty-four million Sikhs worldwide trace the origin of their religion to Punjab, meaning the land of the five rivers, located in present-day Pakistan and northern India. Now the fifth largest religion in the world, Sikhism is universal in that it is open to all, and that it recognizes and respects all human beings as equals. Just as God transcends the boundaries of race, class, gender, and ethnicity, the Sikh religion dismisses such earthly distinctions. The Sikh religion is profoundly egalitarian and democratic, as its adherents believe steadfastly that all people have civil rights, including the freedom of religion. Sikh doctrine resonates with the Gurus’ belief that all people have the right to follow their own path to God, without condemnation or coercion from others.
Nearly five centuries ago, Sikhism’s founder, Guru Nanak, denounced the invidious, wretched caste system that still plagues Indian society today. He strove to create a spiritual community in which such marks of social status would be dissolved, and all would be recognized as equals by the fact of their humanity. A truly revolutionary social reformer, Guru Nanak also condemned the mistreatment of women in his time, proclaiming them the equals of men in every respect-political, social, and religious-over two and a half centuries before the founding of the United States.