Long time reader first time poster. I've just seen this situation play out in Australia and I'm frankly a bit annoyed by it, and unsure where to take this. I want to somehow get this to the point where the stupidity is clear for all to see.
The story is here http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/bike-helmet-laws-will-change-to-allow-religious-exemptions-20130423-2ibaq.html and to save the effort the long and short of it is this.
Cycle helmets are law in Queensland, a Sikh guy was busted due to turban affliction and successfully fought the case which led to an exemption due to religious grounds. On the face of it it appears trivial but I'm looking at the wider implications of religious exemption from the law.
Our transport minister says "it's a common sense approach to this issue" then goes on to say,
"Just because someone is going to come out there and claim they don’t want to wear a helmet for religious reasons, they have to do more than that, they have to demonstrate there is a real, long standing religious belief there."
So how do I go about this ?
Do I ask for clarification of the words "real", what denotes "real" belief.
"Long standing" how long does one have to have been a follower ?
"Religious belief" Is there a list of accepted religions that the law can be suspended for ?
What are your thoughts on this ? I notice that the comments sections for each story are full of people objecting to this, they all are now closed, which is heart warming to say the least.