When rights collide
An interesting article concerning circumstances when the rights of one person collide with the rights of others.
In this case, a Muslim barber refused to cut the hair of a woman because it was against his religion to touch a non-related woman. The woman filed a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal because she was refused service simply on the grounds of her gender. She felt she had the right to be treated the same as any man who walked into his shop.
While I can see both sides of this collision of rights and I sympathize... I had the thought that the woman could go to a different shop to have her hair cut. in fact, that was mentioned in the article. "It undermines the meaning of the word "right" because if they say this woman has the right to force the barber to cut her hair, essentially they're saying he doesn't have the right to practice his religion."
But then I thought, what if a teacher decides it's against his religion to allow female students to learn? Could a coffee shop owner refuse to serve female customers? How about if women are just refused any service unless it has to do with cooking or childcare? Or refuse to serve a woman without a male escort?
So what say you guys?
Here is a link that might be useful: Collision of rights