This is an interesting commentary from Brian Lilley from Sun News.
There was a story in the Sun about a 17 year old girl named Sonja Power from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was told that her Aikido class would be divided by gender. Men on one side and women on the other.
The reason? Because there is a Muslim man that requested it.
I might have mentioned this before, but when Sun News tells a story, I feel like there is something missing. This is another example of that.
Let us look at this story from The National Post. Here is the link. http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/01/17/halifax-aikido-students-request-not-to-touch-women-because-of-his-religion-not-an-issue-instructors-say/
It seems that this wasn’t actually an issue. As a matter of fact, it seems like the class understood his point.
It would seem that the reason this Muslim man for religious reasons didn’t want to be in physical contact with the females in the class.
So, on one end, we have a perspective that an action like this, as well as what happened at York University with the Muslim man asking to not participate with a female group in his class, is a sign of Canada losing it’s cultural backbone.
On the other side, it would appear this might be part of Canada’s strength. Trying to respect where people are from and well, perhaps being friendly.
What do you think? Are we losing our cultural backbone? Or, are we being a respectful culture?