In the News: Supreme Court Upholds Kirpan Ban in Legislature

Supreme Court upholds National Assembly’s ban on kirpans, The Canadian Press, CTV News Montreal, 2018-10-25

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear the appeal of a Sikh man and woman who were prohibited from entering Quebec’s legislature while wearing kirpans. Thursday’s decision upholds previous decisions from the Quebec Superior Court and Quebec Court of Appeal that found the legislature had the right to establish its own rules.

Balpreet Singh and Harminder Kaur did not want to part with their ceremonial daggers as they headed into a legislature hearing to submit a brief in January 2011.

The pair are members of the World Sikh Organization of Canada […]

Thus, it is possible to ban religious symbols in some contexts. And the sky will not fall!! However, Sikh fundamentalists will keep up the pressure in an effort to maintain their religious privileges. They must not be allowed to win.

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