Jun 052013
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Hindus want Quebec Soccer Federation disciplined on turban ban.

from the Universal Society of Hinduism

Hindus are urging the Canadian Government and Canadian Soccer Association to discipline Federation de soccer du Quebec for their turban ban, which they say smells of intolerance and is not acceptable in our 2013 world.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that the recent statement by Brigitte Frot, CEO of Federation de soccer du Quebec, that Sikh kids “can play in their backyard…They have no choice”, was highly insensitive. He called on Frot and the Federation President Martial Prud'homme to apologize immediately.

What was Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom doing, which was mandated to “protect, and advocate on behalf of, religious minorities under threat” and “oppose religious hatred and intolerance”? Rajan Zed asked.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper to intervene, because as this ban is affecting the fundamental rights of Canadian citizens — citizens whose laws and policies, including the 1982 Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, protect religious freedom.

Rajan Zed urged coaches, referees and soccer players in Quebec to stand up in solidarity and sportsmanship with the Sikh players and refuse to play till all people of Quebec were permitted to play soccer regardless of religion.

Zed also urged The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, The United Church of Canada, Anglican Church of Canada and other Canadian religious organizations to come out openly in support of Sikhs on this issue.

What was Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom doing, which was mandated to "protect, and advocate on behalf of, religious minorities under threat" and "oppose religious hatred and intolerance"? Rajan Zed asked.

Zed termed the turban ban as ridiculous, appalling, disgusting, narrow-minded, racism and unjust, and added that it should immediately go. He urged people of Quebec to speak out against the ban to display that intolerance was not a Quebec value.

Soccer has helped Sikh youth to integrate in the Canadian society and created a healthy camaraderie and sense of equality. Kids not allowed to play soccer simply because of their religious traditions was highly discriminatory, Rajan Zed argued.

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