Friday, March 3

Canada backs Sikh dagger rights and loves "peace"

Gurbaj Singh Multani was aged 12 when the controversy erupted
Canadian Sikhs should be allowed to wear small daggers central to their faith when they go to school, the country's Supreme Court has ruled.
In an 8-0 judgement, the court reversed the ruling of a Montreal school board, which banned Gurbaj Singh Multani from wearing his dagger, known as a kirpan.
The kirpan is deemed sacred by Sikhs as a symbol of power and truth.
Announcing the judgement, the Supreme Court said that a total ban on kirpans violated the country's Charter of Rights.
The charter guarantees total religious freedom within Canada.

OK Canada, let me start my own religion, the Zee religion. Are you going to be up for this? In my religion young people are supposed to carry automatic weapons at all times. Do you like that "religion" , will you support my aim? Please be reasonable and fair, I know you can do it! And god dam support me because it is your duty and the charter of your constitution!

Sikhs wearing, and be allowed to wear daggers at schools for reasons that are beyond my comprehension (religious, moral and ethical) that is just too much! Give me a break! No, it is not my troubled mind or dislike of religious fanatics that has gone astray lately, it is the governments I despise who are putting forth endless debacles of equality without knowing what the heck equality actually means for peoples on this earth.
Canada has failed to live up to it's original template, namely to protect freedom as a sanctuary of all humans, not only Arabs.


Aleida said...

Careful, Charter rights are not absolute. There is not actually a guarantee of total religious freedom in Canada. All the rights in the Charter are subject to limitation. Incidentally, the decision was not a carte blanche to wear the dagger. There are restrictions on how it must be secured, in order to prevent its use. Disagreement with how the rights have been balanced in this case is fine, and debate is necessary.

Zee said...

What good is a dagger if it is "secured" and for no use?
Might as well paste a photograph on your suit.
Can we please have "rituals" after the school bell rings?

Aleida said...

To be honest, I agree with you, and I was just playing Devil's advocate. What I meant by the word "careful" was simply that I took issue with the statement "the Charter guarantees total religious freedom within Canada", which is simply not true. :)

Aleida said...

Hehe, "throw another dagger"...funny guy. :) And thanks, I do try to not be too much of a ditz. :)

Gary said...

Zee, zee... calm down friend :)

I know a number of Sikhs and know that this is truly a religious thing - it's a symbol, like the the good old stars and stripes or the mace in Parliament (whether I believe it's bullshit or not). In 100 years in Canada, a kirpan (ceremonial dagger) has never been used for violence. The kid had to sew it into cloth, wrap it in more cloth and seal it under a belt. Someone could do more damage with a pencil in school in the time it would take to pull this thing as a weapon.

Personally I have no problem with religious traditions being tolerated in a civil society. It's a balance - Sikhs can't take it on a plane for example (they say a prayer, hand it over and get it at the other end).

So far, this works pretty well in Canada.

My Sikh friends speak English, are well educated, are open-minded to other people and fit in well here... but they all stick to their religion, kirpan and all.

Just another viewpoint!

Granny said...

We have a fair sized Sikh community here and the same issue came up with the school.

The Sikhs here were happy to compromise with a rubber knife. They were happy, the school was happy.

I wish everything could be that simple.