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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 16:19

The Attitude Zone - Readers respond

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 Blog Post: Anger over Sikh Helmet Exemption in Alberta

Consider the power that the very small minority (Sikhs who ride motorcycles) has in Alberta to be able to mount an attack on helmet laws on the basis of religious discrimination by the Government. An ponder why the Alberta Government would find it so high a priority to make an exception. And how does one Police it? Today, I declare myself to be a converted Sikh! How would any police officer not accept my declaration of faith prima facie on the spot. Would the police officer not be violating my religious freedom by issuing a ticket to me, and thereby requiring me to show my face before of a judge and a crown prosecutor to establish the genuineness of my conversion? No, I say that all motorcycle riders in Alberta, by the very act of choosing to risk life and limb by riding without a helmet obviously must be of the Sikh faith. They certainly could no longer be considered to be Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, or the adherents of any other religious order. It is self evident that if you can keep a turban on your head at highway speed, you have some kind of conviction other than a conviction for breaking a helmet law!  - Eric R.

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Living in BC I see first hand, helmetless, unskilled young sikh males riding motor cycles, not because they have an interest in motorcycling, but ONLY because they can and so then thumb their noses at the rest of us. - Frank

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I have been a motorcycle rider for almost 40 years.  I have ridden in the states with no helmet and I  actually like it. This is discrimination, I want to ride without a helmet also. We cannot have half a law. All helmets or no helmets. Alberta had a no helmet law in the early 1980’s. The way I see it, as of April 12 I will be riding without a helmet. I will wear a toque or bandana, that is my turban. It may go to court and we will let a Judge decide then. I know many people that will be doing the something. Now we will be tying up the court system. There will be more people doing this then the whole Sikh community all together. Helmets are a safety item and should be used by all. Remember helmets on ATV’s and bicycles. If a Sikh woman wanted to swim in a public pool, we would not empty the pool of people so nobody would see her. No, she does not go. She realizes this and lives with it. We all make choices and if your religion impedes somethings , we then adjust. We do not bully to have dangerous laws to suit. This really looks like the NDP is buying votes. I was pro NDP and Brian Mason. Are you putting the last nails in the coffin. This will hurt the NDP more than buying the Sikh vote. Do I have to wear a turban. Where do I get my Sikh card. Some of us have talked about forming the Motorcycle Freedom Religion(MFR). We will be requesting a no helmet exemption at that point. It will be discrimination then. Ontario said no way they are changing the law. I know Sikh riders will be very few, but all helmets or no helmets. Adults can make their choices. Our insurance rates are already too high in this province. The insurance companies are watching closely and they have admitted rates will probably go up because of this. Thanks. - Don H.

 

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