OHRC forces its hand with kirpan ruling
by Tarek Fatah
When the history of our troubled adjustment to a multi-racial western society is written, I hope the role of guilt-ridden, bleeding heart white liberals shall feature prominently.
The quintessential example of such a person is Cheryl Bormann, the American lawyer for accused jihadi Walid bin Attash, who is charged in the 9/11 terrorist attack on America.
Bormann came to court dressed in an exotic full body Arabian cloak with a head cover that befitted downtown Riyadh rather than Guantanamo. If her affront to America was not enough, she then asked the judge to order other women in the room to follow her example.
Cheryl Bormann is not alone. Closer to home we have Barbara Hall, the head of the notorious Ontario Human Rights Commission. At one time Hall’s commission was advised by an Islamist who came to work dressed in full-body Saudi attire. Supporting this sharia promoting civil-servant was a revolving cast of multicultural/Islamic commissioners, one an Imam, the other an admirer of Ayatollah Khomeni with the former head of the Canadian Arab Federation to complete the mix.
Last week Barbara Hall and her commissioners forced the Ontario government and the Toronto Police to agree to allow Sikhs to wear a ceremonial dagger, the kirpan, inside all public areas of Ontario’s courts. OHRC had been pursuing this case since 2006 when a female college student on a class trip to Old City Hall was refused entry because she was wearing a Sikh dagger and refused to take it off when asked to.
The “grievance” of this woman was taken up by the World Sikh Organization, who were helped by Hall’s staff and lawyers.
So scared are the rest of Ontarians and their political leadership of being called a racist that no one dares challenge this medieval edict that makes it mandatory for all baptized Sikhs to wear a dagger at all times to protect their “honour.”Kirpan is made of two words, kirpa (mercy) and aan (honour).
To give legal validation to a 17th century edict without discussing the merits of that edict in the 21st century, is to surrender our heritage of rationalism and reason to that of medieval religion, be it Islam, Sikhism or any other faith.
The order to Sikhs to wear the kirpan was made by the tenth Guru of the Sikh faith, Guru Gobind Singh in 1699 at a time when the Muslim armies of the Mughals were terrorising the nascent Sikh community of Punjab. Had I been alive then, I too would’ve worn a kirpan and fought with my Sikh brothers and sisters, so brutal were the Mughal warlords.
Today, the carrying of the kirpan carries no significance other than symbolic. Why then not just wear a tiny necklace-like symbolic dagger? Why the need for a 7.5 inch blade?
Did Barbara Hall ask the World Sikh Organization as to which Mughal army is terrorizing the Sikhs in Canada? Of course not. No one dare raise this question.
In 1947 and 1984, Sikhs faced two of the worst attacks on their community since 1800s. The genocide of Sikhs in Lahore, Pakistan could not be prevented, no matter how many Sikhs wore the kirpan. Daggers and swords were no defence in front of burning mobs armed with guns. Again in 1984 when Sikhs were slaughtered in New Delhi, the kirpan proved useless. Thousands died.
So what would Guru Gobind Singh say if he were to come by today and speak to Barbara Hall? If what I read of this great saint warrior of Punjab is true, I cannot believe he would succumb to the political correctness of today’s liberals.
Does Sikhism need a reformation? Yes it does if it still clings on to the 17th century in the 21st, just as my own religion Islam does. Can I say this as a non-Sikh? Yes, I can and others should say that too.
Instead we see a rise of Sikh nationalism in Canada. Where once we had Herb Dhaliwal, Ujjal Dosanjh and Gurbaksh Malli as our Sikh politicians, we today see Martin Singh and Jagmeet Singh of the NDP flaunting their ceremonial daggers, barely concealed at public events.
While the WSO and the Sikh fundamentalists rejoice at the surrender of the liberal elites of Canada, they should not underestimate the anger among ordinary Canadians who see no reason why a dagger should ever be treated with respect inside a courtroom.
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