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Sikh student kicked off Amtrak for refusing to part with ceremonial dagger

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  1. da1

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    California Sikh student kicked off Amtrak for refusing to part with ceremonial dagger

    Harsimram Singh’s faith instructs him to carry a kirpan, a sheathed metal blade with deep religious meaning. An Amtrak bus driver wanted the University of California-Davis student to store the dagger in checked luggage — but Singh refused.

    A Sikh college student was reportedly kicked off a bus Saturday morning for wearing his faith.

    20-year-old Harsimram Singh said an Amtrak bus driver alerted the police after spotting the student’s kirpan, a curved ceremonial knife that baptized Sikhs are required to carry at all times.

    Cops told him he had two choices — either store the kirpan in the luggage compartment or find another way to get home to his family in Fresno.

    Singh chose to stick to his religion.

    "Our faith is core to our beliefs and everyday living," the University of California-Davis student told KITV. "To compromise that on behalf of someone else is not acceptable.”

    Kirpans are one of five physical articles of faith that baptized Sikhs are instructed to wear. The 6- to 9-inch metal blades are kept inside sheaths throughout the day, a constant reminder to arm the soul against the corrupting influences of anger, lust, greed, ego and earthly attachments.

    Amtrak’s policy is that knives and weapons should be stored in checked luggage. The Transportation Safety Agency enforces the same rules on airplanes.

    Singh said in the past he has agreed to part ways with his kirpan during flights. But he doesn’t think the same rules should apply on the ground.

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    "I go to class like this, walk through campus like this," Singh told News10. “(The kirpan) is not a weapon. It's an article of faith."

    Misunderstandings about the Sikh’s very visible religious practices have sometimes ended in tragedy for adherents. Ever since the 9/11 attacks, American Sikhs have been targeted by those who unfairly lump them together with radical Muslim terrorists.

    In September, Columbia University professor Prabhjot Singh was viciously beaten in Harlem by a bunch of thugs. The attackers screamed “Osama” and “terrorist” while breaking the professor’s jaw.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nat...sing-part-ceremonial-dagger-article-1.1489761
     
  2. AroundTheWorld

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    Correct decision by Amtrak.

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    Next, someone starts a cult tomorrow that requires carrying an AR-15 with them. And then complains about discrimination when he can't take it on the train.

    :rolleyes:
     
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  3. Major

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    I don't have see the problem with this. Religious beliefs don't exempt people from safety and security laws.
     
  4. da1

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    You're a moron. They are sheathed so they aren't even easy to take out. Number two they are intentionally dulled so they can't be used as weapons.

    If you're against it as a safety thing, fine, but then you better STFU when it comes to gun rights. Because you can't have it both ways. Either you're for safety or a racist hypocrite. You can't have your cake and eat it too.
     
  5. FishBulb913

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    Yeah I'm all for religious freedom, but I agree with Amtraks position.
     
  6. AroundTheWorld

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    What exactly do you mean? Have you ever seen me advocate people carrying guns on buses?
     
  7. Cohete Rojo

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    If he chose to drive in his car on the freeway, none of this would have happened.
     
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  8. leroy

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    I gotta agree here.
     
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    They are just asking him to put it in the luggage, what is the big deal. Agree with Am trak.
     
  10. AroundTheWorld

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    Thread summary so far:

    People outraged about a guy not being allowed to carry a weapon on a bus: 1 (da1)
    People with a reasonable value system: 6
     
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  11. droopy421

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    Can't tell if serious or trolling.
     
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    Right decision, safety reason not really religious he's not being asked to throw it away.
     
  13. da1

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    Since he has a turban he must be Muslim and we all know how you feel about them. When was the last Sikh terrorist attack anywhere? There was one in modern history and that was almost 30 years ago. More recently Sikhs have been victims of hate crimes more than anything else.
     
  14. Major

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    What is the relevance? What happens when a terrorist dresses up a a Sikh to carry a sharpened version of that knife on a train because there's a religious exception granted?
     
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    You realize you are inferring...a lot, and lacking intelligence or reason while doing so.

    I don't care if you are Mother Teresa or a saint or whatever, you don't carry a weapon on a bus, train or plane.
     
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    Religion isn't everything, if he doesn't want to follow the rules, he can always not take the bus. There are always rules to be followed, even religious rules, imagine that.
     
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    Sweet knife.

    And don't you have to assume da1 is trolling with the, "They are sheathed so they aren't even easy to take out."?
    I mean... I guess it is possible he doesn't know how they work.
     
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    Harsimram Singh is nothing but a hypocrite.

    He's just trying to get attention. Sorry champ, but you need to check your knife in your luggage.
     
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    Even if he will never use it as a weapon, it still provides a readily available weapon to anyone else on the bus who decides to lose their mind. Just because he has it in a sheath and has no intention to use it doesn't mean that someone cant quickly grab it, or overpower him and take it from him and then use it for their own means.
     
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    My religion makes me were a mask and carry an M4 whenever I am in public. Can I get on that bus?

    Religion is the bane of this planet. I am sorry, but I will vote for public safety over religious "freedom" any day of the week.

    I am also in favor of France disallowing Muslim women from wearing Burqas in their ID photos.

    I have always expected religion and religious people to be irrational, but this is ridiculous.
     
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