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A message from Jag in Canada
May 11th, 2014 by sarbat

In addition to the various messages of support we get from people, we occasionally get the following kinds of messages which we prefer being answered (without being censored).

Very recently Jag wrote us the following email…. and we responded in kind.

 

JAG : this site is a joke wtf u mean gay lesbian transeual. u think theres transexual sikhs? u think god makes mistakes? gay and other filth is not compatabile with sikhism why else u think we dont allow gurdwaras to allow gays to marry u uk ppl have totaly messed up try this in canada we would rip ur turban off u ain no sikh ur just perverts imagine if a little kid saw this site u perverts ain got no place in sikhi

Response from Sarbat : 

Dear Jag

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh. 

Thank you for your email.

 Contrary to what you may have been led to believe, there are many LGBT people who are Sikhs.  Sarbat is a support group which was formed to provide help and support to this community.  We are an internationally recognised charity and, indeed, have many members in Canada.

 You are absolutely right when you state that God does not make mistakes. Therefore, you will agree, that Sikhs have every right to be the given the same level of respect that you yourself would demand to be given.

 Being gay is not filth nor perverted. Nor is it a choice in life. You are born gay,  just as, I am assuming, you were born straight.  If you had a child who happened to be gay,  I would hope that you would do what is expected of all Sikhs, and that is, treat them the same as anyone else. Anything other than this, would render you to be acting against Sikhi. 

 In response to your point about children seeing our site. I would point out that many young Sikh children visit our site, and often email us asking for support and guidance. We are always here to help them should they be facing unwarranted discrimination, the kind of which, sadly, you are personally guilty of perpetrating.

 We would not rip your turban off for being homophobic and misguided, so we would be grateful if you refrained from ripping off our turbans. I am sure you do not need me to remind you that committing such an act, would be in serious violation of Sikh values. Needless to say, your very threat of doing so, is a criminal offence. So, I would suggest you take greater care in any future communications.

 Finally, moving onto your point regarding same sex marriage in Sikh Gurdwaras.  The UK now has equal marriage laws for all LGBT people, and quite rightly, recognises our right to marry. Many countries throughout the world also have such legislation. There is no reason why a Sikh LGBT couple cannot marry in a Gurdwara, and I anticipate a same sex marriage taking place in a Gurdwara in the near future.  I, along with the rest of my Sikh brothers and sisters, look forward to that day, with great anticipation.

 You show vehement desire in upholding Sikhi values. I would, therefore, respectfully suggest that you forego your homophobic views. You are not a true Sikh if you go through the path of life holding such views. They are not in line with Sikhism.

 Quite aside from the actual content, your email contains numerous spelling and grammatical errors. From this, I can only deduce that your education and intelligence is completely in line with the views that you have expressed. Whilst this is unfortunate, it is not wholly surprising. As such, your comments will be dismissed as they hold neither merit nor any factual foundation.

 You do not appear to be well versed in Sikhism.  I would also suggest you take a read of our same sex marriage leaflet on our website, which can be found here: http://sarbat.net/sikhism_and_same_sex_relationships.pdf

 We are all equal in the eyes of God.  Sikhs believe that all human beings are equal. “We are sons and daughters of Waheguru, the Almighty”. Sikhs have to treat all peoples of the world equally. No gender, racial, social, etc. discrimination is allowed. This is the message of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, as taught by the 10 Gurus.

 We at Sarbat, hope you discover the true meaning of Sikhi and allow the message of Waheguru to dispel your hatred and anti-Sikhi views.

 May God bless you.

 Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh

 Kind regards

 Sarbat

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