Thursday, May 1, 2014

Sikh Barred from Jury Duty because of Dagger

Should a Sikh be barred from jury duty because he carries a religious dagger? A Superior Courthouse in Yuba City, California ruled that the Sikh could not serve because state law prohibits all weapons in a courthouse.

The California Coalition of Sikhs, according to this story in the Huffington Post, is protesting the ruling. They say "other agencies and courts have made accommodations for Sikh articles of faith before, and expect the same from Sutter County."

And the Sikh who was barred from serving told the Post,"either I violate my code of conduct with my religion, or I break the law."

This might be an interesting debate for a religions class.

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