Anti-dhimmitude in Florida: no veil in driver’s license photos. An infringement of rights, you say? But what value is an identification card that does not identify? From AP, with thanks to A Thinker:
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – A Muslim woman who, for religious reasons, wanted to wear a veil in her driver’s license photo must follow a Florida law that requires a picture of her full face, a state appeals court ruled.
The Fifth District Court of Appeal upheld a 2003 ruling by an Orlando judge that Sultaana Freeman’s right to free exercise of religion would not be burdened by the photo requirement.
“We recognized the tension created as a result of choosing between following the dictates of one’s religion and the mandates of secular law,” Appellate Judge Emerson R. Thompson Jr. wrote in Friday’s opinion. “However, as long as the laws are neutral and generally applicable to the citizenry, they must be obeyed.”
Freeman’s attorney, Howard Marks, said Wednesday he was considering an appeal. He said the decision didn’t respect the state constitution’s guarantee of religious freedom.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles issued Freeman, 38, a license in 2001 showing her veiled with only her eyes visible, but later suspended it.
Freeman sued, claiming the suspension infringed upon her First Amendment rights.