Sikhs have a custom they must not cut their hair or beards and must wear a turban. However, they have elevated this to an overwhelming life-and-death compulsion that they demand non-Sikhs accommodate:
- They demand special uniforms be designed for them to accommodate the turban.
- They do not shave their beards, even as surgeons. This is unsanitary.
- They do not allow their turbans to be security searched.
- Demand exception from the rule that boxers be clean shaven. (I don’t know why boxers have that rule.)
- Demand exemption from rules demanding protective head gear.
- Demand exemption from customs where you are required to remove headgear as a sign of respect.
Obviously Sikhs have the right to do as they please when they don’t interfere with others. I think non-Sikhs should humour Sikhs any time they can easily accommodate them. However, I don’t think Sikhs have the right to demand others inconvenience themselves to honour this silly superstition. Sikhs should never be granted exemptions to criminal law based on religious belief. If we decide to give them some exemption, then everyone should get it.~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)