Sunday, 17 February 2008

Apparently riding a motorcycle without a helmet is a human right. Sikh wants exemption from the law.

Canada is doing a very good job at making a mockery of human rights issues thanks to the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. It seems riding a motorcycle without a helmet is a human right now. Of course there is a freedom of religion angle to this but if we make exceptions for the Sikhs (for the third time now?) who else are we to make exceptions for?

The following is from the Toronto Star and it can be read in full here.

Watchdog backs motorcyclist in turban battle

Feb 15, 2008 04:30 AM
Bob Mitchell
Staff Reporter


The Ontario Human Rights Commission has ridden to the defence of a Brampton man who says being forced to wear a motorcycle helmet instead of his turban runs counter to his religious faith.

Baljinder Badesha, above, who was charged by Peel police in September 2005 with failing to wear a helmet, said he understands the inherent dangers of riding a motorcycle without a helmet but is willing to take the risk to follow his Sikh tenets.

"I know it is for safety, but people die in car accidents all the time," the 39-year-old owner of a used car dealership said yesterday outside a Brampton court. He is fighting a $110 ticket he received for wearing his turban instead of a helmet while riding his motorcycle on Queen St. in Brampton near Hwy. 410.

Now the Ontario Human Rights Commission is siding with him, insisting Badesha is being discriminated against.

There is more to this than just "human rights" and religious freedom. This is more cultural crusading from a minority group in Canada who refuse to integrate and accommodate themselves to the culture and laws of the land they choose to immigrate to all the while enjoy the benefits of living in Canadian society. This is a case of wanting their cake and eating it too. Riding a motorcycle is not a fundamental human right. Immigrating to Canada is not a fundamental human right. Why are Canadians continually expected to change their laws and culture to accommodate groups of new arrivals? When are Canadian laws and cultural institutions going to be respected for what they are?

Helmet laws were not written with the intention to discriminate against Sikhs or any other religious minority. Canada has a public health care system. Laws are needed to compel people to take precautions to avoid becoming permanent wards to the state in a critical care unit. If this Sikh gentleman gets in an accident and suffers an injury that would have been preventable if he had worn a helmet should he draw on public health care funds?

The real issue here is the refusal to integrate and accommodate Canada. Human rights and religious freedom is a red herring. Encouraged by a culture of entitlement many immigrant groups to Canada expect their cultural sensitivities to be accommodated while Canadian cultural norms and traditions are to be challenged and redefined. That being the case no wonder Canadians have a hard time trying to define themselves as a people. We are not allowed to have traditions for fear that someone might feel excluded.

These people chose to immigrate to Canada. They should integrate and accommodate us, not the other way around. It's only the respectful thing to do.

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