Now, in the name of political correctness, one of our states wants to do away with this protection by allowing religious garments in drivers license photos.
This can include headdresses or scarves — material that would conceal part of the head or face that would ordinarily not be allowed under law.
While most religious gear would still leave the ability to identify the subject at some level, the most concealing of Muslim religious garb for females — the burqa — would leave the entire head and face covered.
O.K. – You have got to be kidding me, right?! How can THIS be even considered an I.D. if there is NO way of knowing this person’s identity!! So much for being a Republican in Illinois.
The state of Illinois is about to start sending fliers to offices that issue drivers licenses and photo IDs to remind employees and the public that people are not required to remove religious garments that cover their heads for photos. The flier tells us:
The Secretary of State’s office recognizes and respects the increasing diversity of religions practiced by Illinois residents. Members of many religions, such as Islam and Sikhism, wear religious head coverings, also known as articles of faith.
While hats or head coverings are generally prohibited from being worn in photographs used on Illinois driver’s licenses and identification cards, customers may be photographed while wearing established religious head coverings. Photographs increase public safety. Examples of acceptable religious head coverings can be found in this flier.
So for the average Cub’s fan, Sox’s fan or Stanley Cup Hawk’s fan – too bad if you want to wear a hat. But HEY – anyone who wants to cover their ENTIRE face – that’s ok? How insane is that!?
Illinois DMV Deputy Press Secretary Henry Haupt confirmed to reporters that this would include the burqa and veil, as well as other religious coverings worn by Muslims and Sikhs.
“What we’re doing was always allowed… but what we want to ensure is that the public’s aware of them because we were told that some individuals were unaware that they could have their photo taken for the drivers [sic]license wearing them [religious head coverings],” Haupt said.
Really, Deputy Press Secretary Haupt – you were TOLD? I don’t think so. I think you were told by the Dictator in Chief to “step in line” or “get with the program” — that is IF you are a fan of Shariah Law or IF you don’t want lawyers or CAIR on your back.
The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) took the issue to Illinois’ Secretary of State’s office about a year ago after Sikh community members complained that they had been asked to remove their dastaars, the turban Sikhs wear around their heads.
SALDEF consulted with the Chicago chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other local advocacy groups and found that Muslims in Illinois were also being asked to remove their religious head coverings (hijabs or niqabs worn by some women). At that point, they decided they needed to take the issue to the Illinois state government, and worked with the Illinois Secretary of State.
Welcome to the “Land of Lincoln” – where you can now have a driver’s license without showing any REAL identity! Political correctness at it’s finest!
By the way, this was tried in Florida. In Florida, a Muslim woman petitioned for the right to wear a face veil in a driver license photo, in accordance with her interpretation of the Islamic dress requirments. According toBBC News, the Florida court denied her claim. The judge supported the DMV’s opinion that if she wanted a driver license, a brief removal of her face veil for an identity photograph was not an unreasonable request and therefore did not violate her religious rights.
Written by Nancy Hayes
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