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oldmanpeacenik Donating Member (69 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-31-04 04:45 PM
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18. Great news
Maybe they're only doing this to take a slap at the French, but still. Good to see that we still have religious freedom in this country. I only wish France would do the same.

Incidentally, I've just spoken with a Sikh man who lives down the road from me a ways. He says that kirpans can't be brought on airplanes. I recall a few years ago reading that a Sikh boy was permitted to wear his kirpan in school provided that he demonstrated to the school staff that it was not sharpened and was permanently attached to the sheath. My understanding is that the kirpan is usually not sharp anyway and is more symbolic than anything else. Seems like a reasonable compromise to me--even if the kid never intended to hurt anyone with it, it could still do damage in the wrong hands if someone knocked him down and took it from him.
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