Saturday, November 22, 2008

"Sir, you have to take your turban off. This is America."

A Halifax County man was turned away from a local mission when he refused to remove his turban while trying to make a donation. When Gary Khera, went with his wife to the Union Mission on Roanoke Avenue to make a donation, a staffer asked him to remove his turban. He is a Sikh with dual U.S. and Indian citizenship.

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There are two sides to this. If the mission workers have noting better to do than worry about who wears their hat while in their building, then they need to find other work. And if they have nothing better to do than chase away a financial donor, than the workers need to be fired, or asked to leave. I guess for most of us that figure 'who gives a rats ass' if you wear your hat indoors, it's stupid from end-to-end. The mission will probably not get that person's money ever again, and it's the missions fault.

However, if one of us had gone into their place of worship with, say, a baseball cap on. And they asked us to remove it.... and we said, hey this is America, I can wear it if I want to. Now whose side are you on?

The answer is mutual respect, but not to the point of futility and stupidity. We've forgot about that after 9/11...

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