Ontario Court Rejects Religious Helmet Exemption

A devout Sikh named Baljinder Badesha wears a turban as part of his religion. And so when it comes to riding his motorcycle, he can't f...

Sikh turban motorcycle helmetA devout Sikh named Baljinder Badesha wears a turban as part of his religion. And so when it comes to riding his motorcycle, he can't fit his helmet on top of it.

But an Ontario court has ruled that Badesha will have to figure out a way to get that brain bucket on there.

Interestingly, the judge said that he sides with the defendant's right to religious freedom, but that the "benefit that society gains in possible reduced health costs" trumps his rights...
Ontario Court Judge James Blacklock ruled today that while the law prohibiting anyone riding a motorcycle without a helmet does violate his right to freedom of religion, it's justifiable in terms of the benefit that society gains in possible reduced health costs and the possible loss of people's loved ones.
Opinion...

That's the problem with a society that taxes its citizens so heavily. They don't want to lose your productivity.

Though, me thinks that this Badesha fellow can find a special helmet that he can wrap a turban around.

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  1. I come from the same city as this gentleman. Most of us admire his fight against the ridiculous helmet laws in this province. He has spent thousands to fight a $110.00 ticket ,and as of this afternoon will probably appeal.
    In a province that supplies heroin needles to junkies, I hardly see where a few motorcycle enthusiasts would be a burden on the taxpayers of Ontario.

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  2. While I'm all in favour of helmet laws in general on the open road, and certainly in places with public healthcare, I think this is utterly rediculous.

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  3. A helmet won't work, either under nor over the turban, part of the religion is that nothing else is worn. However, there is an alternative available. Sikh sportsmen (such as Monty Panesar and Harbhajan Singh, the England and India cricketers respectively) wear the Patka, which is essentially a bandana and is acceptable to the relgion, even with a helmet on top (as the cricketers do when batting). However, they're associated with boys and seen as untraditional for older men.

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  4. Laws, good, bad or indifferent, should apply to equally everyone regardless of religious belief. When someone is allowed to ignore a law because of a religious belief something is seriously wrong. It’s actually very simple, if you cannot legally ride a motorcycle than you should not be ridding a motorcycle (or if you do, be prepared to pay the fine). If you don’t like the law, get it changed.

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  5. I agree with anonymous!!! I think that if a person only care more about his or her religious belief than law ,that's a kind of stupid behaviers!! The law can protect their lives,but they ignore it !!If a person has no life ,how can they keep their beliefs???? I have also seen some simillar things happen on www.lovebiker.com and there are more arguement !!!I just don't understand why they can ignore their lives but to their religious
    belief!!!

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  6. I agree with anonymous!!! I think that if a person only care more about his or her religious belief than law ,that's a kind of stupid behaviers!! The law can protect their lives,but they ignore it !!If a person has no life ,how can they keep their beliefs???? I have also seen some simillar things happen on www.lovebiker.com and there are more arguement !!!I just don't understand why they can ignore their lives but to their religious
    belief!!!

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  7. let the man ride! sikhs can ride with turbans in the uk! canada is behind!

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