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PRAYING AT THE AIRPORT

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
September 2015
PRAYING AT THE AIRPORT

Satnam Singh Parhar, a candidate for City Council in New York, is urging authorities to add designated prayer rooms for Sikhs and Hindus at JFK International Airport.

The airport has an Islamic center, a Protestant chapel, a Roman Catholic chapel, and a synagogue.

“It is time that the many Hindu and Sikh workers and travelers at JFK have the same designated places of worship offered to others,” Parhar said.

He also wants plans for La Guardia Airport, which will be rebuilt by 2021, to include such prayer rooms.

“It is vitally important that the Port Authority show the same level of respect and courtesy to the South Asian population that it extends to other workers and travelers at New York City’s airports,” Parhar said.

If you’re wondering why prayer rooms in airports are necessary, you may need to consider the statistics that show, beyond doubt, that flying is safer than driving. Without all the praying in airports, would this still be the case?



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