Do you believe the State of Florida is infringing on this woman's religious rights by requiring her to unveil for a driver license?
Actually, according to several news stories from yesterday, Muslim women can only unveil in front of other women or their husband.
So, stick her in a room with a woman, and tell her she has 30 seconds to unveil or her license will be denied. Sounds like an easy solution to me.
Religion is not an excuse to violate the law. She is not forced
to get a driver's license, and as a result, the government is not imposing
a religion upon her.
The state of FL has not
established a religion.
What's next? Satanic people want their license photos taken in devil masks? After all, it's their religious freedom
I'd go a step farther and say that this woman should not be allowed to drive while covering her head.
It is a view obstructer. Have you ever put on a Halloween mask and tried to drive a car? They're like blinders!
Also, this makes it difficult for witnesses to identify her. If I saw someone hit a pedestrian and speed off, and they were wearing a veil, I could not pick them out of a lineup. They then could easily state it wasn't them. They could then take the fifth and, and refuse to give the "identity" of the actual
Covering your face while driving is the equivalent of putting a veil on your license plate because it is religious freedom.
Do you believe this woman's religious beliefs could infringe on our nation's security?
Her beliefs? No. Her religion's protocol, yes.
If it is in fact the case that she cannot take off her veil, and we allow her to have a driver's license, she can then give that driver's license to anyone
who wears a veil to use. That means that we could (potentially) give the wrong person top secret military clearance. We could (potentially) elect the wrong person to office. We could (potentially) put the wrong person in jail.
That's all too hypothetical, you say? OK, here is a case we'll have to deal with in the future (if she is truly a devout Muslim):
As a Muslim, she is required to make the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once
in her life. That is a fact.
So, are we then going to allow her to get a passport while wearing a veil? That is certainly a threat to national security. How do we know it is actually her coming back?
On top of that, even strict Muslim countries force women to take their veils off for passport photos. Even Muslim countries recognize the need for women to show their faces!
Are there other methods that could be used to capture identification on driver licenses?
Yes, we could use fingerprints, hair samples, DNA, whatever. Just be sure that whatever means is chosen doesn't infringe upon my right to freedom from unreasonable search and seizure.
If I go to get a pack of smokes, I'm not submitting anything but my cash and my photo ID. Any other search or seizure would be unreasonable.
EDIT: Oh yeah, The Smoking Gun has her picture...