Posted by: becketfund | February 11, 2007

Canada: Town Dress Code Forbids Wearing of Kirpan

The International Herald Tribune reports that the town council of Herouxville, in southern Quebec, has written a code of “societal norms” for immigrants, outlining behaviors and dress codes they will be expected to follow after choosing to settle in Herouxville. The code states that women may not be stoned to death or burned with acid, but also forbids citizens from covering their faces or from wearing the Sikh Kirpan, except on Halloween. The town council says that the list of norms will remain in place, despite the fact that the Canadian Supreme Court has already upheld the right of Canadian Sikhs to wear the kirpan.


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