U.S. Sikhs, Lawmakers Protest Basketball Ban On Turbans
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U.S. Sikhs, Lawmakers Protest Basketball Ban On Turbans

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WASHINGTON: Two U.S. lawmakers, including the lone Indian-American Congressman, have joined Sikh community groups in protesting the world basketball body FIBA's delay in reviewing the discriminatory policy against Sikh basketball players who wear turbans.

"Every day FIBA delays is another day that Sikhs can't play," Democrat House members Ami Bera and Joe Crowley, formerly chair of the India Caucus, said in a statement Thursday after the International Basketball Federation's (FIBA) announcement that its governing board would delay a review of its headgear policy.

"Allowing Sikhs to play while wearing their turban is a no-brainer, and we're disappointed that FIBA has delayed their review of a policy that can only be described as outdated, discriminatory, and totally inconsistent with the ideals of team sports," they said urging the board "to stop delaying and let Sikhs play."

The FIBA decision comes ahead of the Saturday start of FIBA Basketball World Cup hosted by Spain amid an outcry over an incident involving two Sikh players who were told by referees that they must remove their turbans if they were to play in FIBA's Asia Cup.



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1: I'm sure this anti-Asian decision by the US is based on common ignorance among Americans, especially the fat, content knee-jerk old men in authority across the dial in the US, based on their belief turbans are a Muslim thing, and that this denies them entry onto the basketball court upon which they would pull all manner of dagger and gun from their turbans and wipe out American boys. Or some equally unexamined assumption.

For the benefit of any American ignormasus who have not been so educated, the turban is worn by Sikhs, who are not Muslim, far from it, and who have never attacked the US, as a lot of even more ignorant Americans and others believe Muslim Arabs did---they did not, these pseudo-terrorists who hijacked planes on 9/11 were not even on the flight manifests, the same for all 4 different planes, a screw-up by the US government which orchestrated the attacks so they could steal Muslim oil and kill as many as they want, ongoing, so goes the American prejedice for murdering innocents not of their hue.
Posted by:NativeAngeleno - 29 Aug, 2014
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Wow, shut up you whiner. This isn't an anti-Islam. This is anti-stupidity.

If you want to play a sport like basketball you need to play without a towel wrapped around your head. It's that simple.

We don't have to cater to the whims of nutjobs just because they do their ridiculous behavior in the name of religion. What would you say if I started a religion tomorrow that mandates being nude 24/7?
EuphoricFedora Replied to: NativeAngeleno - 29 Aug, 2014
3:
Actually there is such a religion in India. There is a group of people who live in India who walk around completely nude in this day and age in the name of religion. It would be interesting to see what would happen if those people came to the US and demanded their civil rights to follow their religion. Actually Americans are uptight about nudity, throughout the world people go to nude beaches and nude resorts without any problems whatever. Everyone has the same things so why the problem? Nor should there be a problem with people wearing headgear of their choice, hats, yarmulkas, turbans--what's the problem?
frank Replied to: EuphoricFedora - 29 Aug, 2014
4: I'm sure this anti-Asian decision by the US is based on common ignorance among Americans, especially the fat, content knee-jerk old men in authority across the dial in the US, based on their belief turbans are a Muslim thing, and that this denies them entry onto the basketball court upon which they would pull all manner of dagger and gun from their turbans and wipe out American boys. Or some equally unexamined assumption.

For the benefit of any American ignormasus who have not been so educated, the turban is worn by Sikhs, who are not Muslim, far from it, and who have never attacked the US, as a lot of even more ignorant Americans and others believe Muslim Arabs did---they did not, these pseudo-terrorists who hijacked planes on 9/11 were not even on the flight manifests, the same for all 4 different planes, a screw-up by the US government which orchestrated the attacks so they could steal Muslim oil and kill as many as they want, ongoing, so goes the American prejedice for murdering innocents not of their hue.
Posted by:NativeAngeleno - 29 Aug, 2014
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