When a Muslim student joined an Aikido class in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he requested that for religious reasons he not be required to touch any female students. His instructor agreed to his request, saying that he was happy to accommodate the student’s beliefs in the interest of tolerance, inclusion, and diversity.
A teenage girl in the same class objected to the exemption granted the Muslim student. She felt that her instructor’s actions constituted sex discrimination, and took her case all the way to the Canadian supreme court. The court ruled against her, declaring that such religious accommodations in no way violated Canadian human rights laws against sex-discrimination.
The girl and her mother recently made an appearance on SUNTV to highlight what they consider an injustice, and a setback for women’s rights. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:
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