Sikhs can wear kirpans to Vancouver 2010 Games venues
By Black Press - Surrey North Delta Leader
Published: October 15, 2009 4:00 PM
Updated: October 16, 2009 9:41 AM
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Baptized Sikhs will be allowed to wear the kirpan (the ceremonial dagger that is worn as an article of religious faith) to the winter Olympics, with certain restrictions.
The RCMP announced the guidelines Thursday, saying they were developed in consultation with representatives of the Sikh community.
A written statement said the standards will "provide reasonable accommodation for religious freedoms as defined by Canadian laws and values, while clearly identifying the conditions under which the kirpan may be worn."
The RCMP Integrated Security Unit said it has found very few examples of a kirpan being used as a weapon and believes they will pose no additional risk at the venues.
Anyone wearing a kirpan must inform Olympic security personnel before they are screened and will have to meet the following stipulations:
1. All articles of faith (traditional clothing, bracelt and ceremonial comb) must be worn.
2. The maximum length of the kirpan, including the sheath, cannot exceed 7.5 inches with a blade not more than four inches and a handle
of two inches or less.
3. The kirpan must be worn in keeping with Sikh traditions, which means being secured into its sheath, attached to a fabric belt and worn across the torso.
4. And the kirpan must be worn under clothing and not easily accessible.
Totally wrong. No one should be allowed to carry a knife at an Olympic event in 2010. Western civilization had a scientific revolution (Da Vinci, Newton, Copernicus, etc) that showed religion didn't exist because it cannot be proven. So the word atheist came into the language. This is a backward step for our civilization, and a govt agency to boot, enforcing this.