COLUMN: Fatah – White guilt leads to bad decisions

- May 24th, 2012

White liberal guilt

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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7 comments

  1. Denny Lama says:

    Totally agree, bleeding heart liberals will ruin the western world.
    There is no equivalent in the less developed world, they are to damn busy trying to make a living for their families.

  2. Alain says:

    Ah, the fake commissions/tribunals continue to make Canada an international laughing stock. I am still waiting for some honest politicians with the courage to dismantle this mockery of justice.

  3. Ian says:

    The Ontario Human Right’s Commission needs to be abolished. It has served it purpose. And now it’s prying into areas it need not be. Barbara Hall and her Big Brother organisation need to examine it’s own actions in savagely curtailing the rights and traditions of Canada and Canadian’s in general. They disgust me.

  4. Deep says:

    Tarek Fatah may have a case in regard to the security issue but he has veiled his whole article on half truths.He says the 1947 genocide could not be prevented by Sikhs wearing Kirpans.but does he mention how many lives were saved on both sides by Sikhs..The Sikhs would fight off both hindu and muslim looters and rapists. He mentions the 84 riots..the Sikhs were outnumbered 100 to 1 and the Hindi mobs were helped by the congress govt and police..Sikh men went to there deaths knowing if they fought back the mobs would kill there women and children. The kirpan carried nowadays has been modified to modern times..the original kirpan was a full sword and not the dull dagger carried today. Tarek has a hatred for Islam and anyone who sides when them..he went anti sikh in Jan 2011 when the WSO helped the Hijab cause. Tarek then stated on TV that Sikhs are a stupid minority. Listsm to what he has to say but just check the facts before agreeing with this man. Tarek also said on TV that he is” an Indian born in Pakistain” he was born in 1949 after his parents moved to Pakistain from Bombay..he clearly has identity issues and a hatred for his place of birth and religion.

  5. Deep says:

    For all the readers out there hardly a really small percentage of sikhs living outside of India are kirpan carrying baptized Sikhs ..a majority of them have adjusted to live in the west. Tarek is a fear monger who feeds on your fear and sells his novels.Most muslims radical or non radical would poke holes in his books.I am not even a baptised Sikh and i could poke so many holes into the above article..in one paragraph he stated that the kirpan is a weapon and in the next he stated that the weapon was of no use in two cases of Genocide..but he failed to
    Tell you that in 1947 the muslims did not target Sikhs , they went after the Hindus and Sikhs were killed mainly because they defended the innocent Hindus..did he mention that the Sikhs also provided safe passage to muslims and fought off Hindu looters as well.They piece of information would show a lot about the Sikhs ..the kirpan is not kept for the honor of the bearer but for the innocent who cant defend themselves whatever faith they are from.Tarek should apologise for misleading the Canadian Public.

  6. daryl says:

    as someone who believes in personal freedom; i think anybody should be able to carry personal weapons if they like.

  7. Barb R says:

    Deep, I’m not sure what you are trying to say – are you implying that the kirpans were used as weapons in order to save lives in the 1947 genocide? And that kirpans were used as weapons in the riots of 1984?

    I thought the argument was that the kirpan was a religious symbol, NOT a weapon. Could you please clarify?

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