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    Default Armed Believers

    No, its not a thread about Magic's worst nightmare.

    Sikhs, I was watching The Wolfman the other night and there is a bit in which one of the main protagonists is talking with a Sikh butler who is armed to the teeth, he has the traditional dagger which has caused a commotion in the news and public debate in the UK:-

    BBC NEWS | UK | Sikhs protest against knife rules

    Anyway, he has that but he has a rifle and other weapons too, he states that it is a tenet of his religious observance that he always armed against evil in the world.

    I wondered if anyone knows the accuracy of this, in the BBC article that I've linked and the other things I can find (Wikis mainly) it is rather vaguely put that the dagger is part of four or five objects, including a comb, uncut hair, an iron bracelet and a special undergarment are of spiritual importance.

    The thing is that its a weapon, its not a pocket knife and pretty much looks like it couldnt be used for much besides being a weapon, does anyone know of any other cultural or faith communities which have similar criteria for their believers?

    I know that militias in the states used to cite the king james bible's messages about always having a sword by your side or something like that for a while until I think it was discovered this was a misquote but I'm not sure.
    All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind.
    Chapter IV, p. 448. - Adam Smith, Book 3, The Wealth of Nations

    whether or not you credit psychoanalysis itself, the fact remains that we all must, to the greatest extent possible, understand one another's minds as our own; the very survival of humanity has always depended on it. - Open Culture

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    I'm sure they have some parallel commandment about not killing people or something. You'll be fine.

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