If the Guards give in to this one, then they deserve to be spat at on the street. Why should any police force augment their uniform to cater for some religion? If it came to pass, would it mean that non Sikh Gardai be allowed wear the Turban too? Strange, considering that Christian, Jewish, Muslim Guards arent allowed wear items showing off their faith. Sikh's say they must wear the Turban as they are forbibben to take it off, ever!
Where the Sikh argument falls apart however, is on the paradox of police riot gear vs. police uniform. PC Bobby Sikh in Britain does not have to wear the Turban when there is need for a riot helmut... well then, being a member of the Gardai necessitates the wearing of a Garda hat, simple as that. They also have permission to go swimming without the Turban. Wouldnt it make more sense if they just gave permisson to future Sikh Gardai not to wear the Turban, rather than force an outside organisation to change.
What made me post this however was my disgust at a piece given on the TV3 news by some leader Sikh in, some place. The nub of his argument was "The Guards wont allow it because they are racist". Oh please, not the racism card again... anyway isnt Sikhism a religion and not a race? Seems to me that theres one rule for Paddy Irish and another for Johnny Jigaboo! Now thats racism!