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The Sikh story: A case of double standards

Reader comment on item: Niqabs and Burqas - The Veiled Threat Continues

Submitted by true believer (India), Sep 9, 2009 at 07:51

The west seems to make notable exceptions in certain cases. The Sikhs are allowed to wear turbans and grow beards because their religion mandates it. Sikhs have a strong presence in UK, Canada and have been allowed by these government to wear turbans instead of helmets on policing duties.
Check Turbans in RMCP Canada and Cops to have bullet proof turbans

They are also lobbying for allowing turbans in US army
Lobbying for turbans in US army

They were trying to get permission for the same in France.
Turbans in France

They would have succeeded had the European court of justice not struck down their request.

European court rules against Sikh turbans in French schools

Sikhs are allowed to carry daggers (Kirpan) in most public places (including schools) in Canada
because their religion mandates it.

Canadian Sikh school boys allowed to carry kirpan to school

Daggers in Canadian Schools

School boy goes scot free in kirpan assault case

Kirpan at Harvard

One wwould be allowed to carry kirpans in California shortly.

Californian legislature and the kirpan bill

One hand the west cheers when harmless headscarves are banned in schools and on the other hand they clamour for laws that allow boys to carry daggers into schools. It confounds me.

Note: I am neither a .. sympathizer, nor do I have anything against the Sikhs.


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