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Wednesday, September 7, 2005

FLORIDA COURT UPHOLDS VEIL BAN

The court made the right decision. Our rights end where each others begin. We have a vested interest in all being indentifiable on our drivers licenses: the interest of security. A drivers license is MEANT to be a form of identification. In my opinion, to allow one to hide ones face for "religious reasons" opens an unacceptable can of worms that would allow criminals to conceal or confuse their identities.

Excerpts:

"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."

[...]

In 2003, Circuit Judge Janet C. Thorpe agreed with authorities that letting people show only their eyes would undermine efforts to stop terrorists. That same year, Gov. Jeb Bush signed legislation requiring a picture of a driver's full face on a license.

The appeals court found enforcement of the law "did not compel Freeman to engage in conduct that her religion forbids -- her religion does not forbid all photographs."

2 comments:

prismwarden 9/07/2005 03:41:00 PM  

So I'm guessing my request to don Cirque d'Soleil face paint for my next photo isn't going to go over well . . .

Kevin 9/07/2005 04:31:00 PM  

Somehow I doubt. Cool as that sounds!

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