Somebody needs to set this writer straight on this: http://www.cynicsunlimited.com/2011/02/20/the-kirpan-yea-or-nay/ Finally, the idea of the kirpan as a White Christian versus minority non-Christian issue is literally brought to its heels by a letter from Ron Banerjee of the group Canadian Hindu Advocacy. Praising the Quebec National Assembly's decision not to admit the four Sikhs carrying kirpans, Banerjee states openly that the ceremonial dagger is indeed a weapon and that it has been used as such right here in Canada. He goes on to attack the niqab and hijab (headscarf worn by Muslim women) as well as the Sikh turban. Banerjee then contrasts Muslims and Sikhs' insistence on wearing such attire with Hindus and Jews' harmonious transition into Canadian society, calling the latter two communities' traditions as "conducive to democracy." ..... Still, the fact that a non-white non-Christian voiced his opposition to a Sikh tradition in such stark terms casts strong doubt on the notion of kirpan foes as a bunch of "redneck Reformers."