according to the looks of horror and dismay on my kids' faces when I once accidentally used that vernacular to describe some cute thongs I saw in the store, no, 'thongs' is no longer considered appropriate foot wear.
Sikh religion does not have a caste system, Hinduism does. It is quite possible that Sikhs have an unofficial caste system, I donít know the Sikh society that well. But if they have one, it is not sanctioned by the religion, unlike Hinduism. They are practicing it in spite of their religion, not because of their religion.
Because Charter guarantees freedom of religion. What that means is that every effort should be made to accommodate the religious beliefs of people. If Sikhs can be permitted to carry kirpan in a safe manner, if safety considerations are answered, there is really no reason to deny the Sikhs the right to carry kirapn.
The accomodation goes too far to permit one group to carry a weapon. The safety consideration is "keep the weapon at home, locked, like a gun". The public should not be exposed to this possible threat. This is better to minimize harm.
Freedom of religion is not granted according to what you or I believe is true.... as an agnostic, I'll stand up and defend anyone's right to worship whatever or whomever they want... and if necessary, someone will one day stand up and defend my right NOT to worship anyone or anything. This is how freedoms work.
S0 whether we agree with the existence of religion or not, we must do all we can to preserve the right to worship as one sees fit - it is our responsibility to freedom - but the flip side of that responsibility imo, is to ensure that protection is not abused by special interest groups who use our laws to turn what is a right into a privilege accorded to a select few. .
Dangerous? That's a discussion unto itself, but you're veering away from the core issue here. Any group of like minded people can bring a negative element to society - it doesn't have to be dressed up as religion.
You really need to be careful about slicing away at our rights, one day it could be something you value, and there'll be no one left to fight for your rights.