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Posted: 9/7/2005 11:08:51 PM EDT
No mention of the aclu in this article, but I remember that they represented her.........
they argued that a photo ONLY showing her eyes was enough to establish identification

Fla. appeals court upholds ban of veil in driver's license photo
The Associated Press
September 7, 2005
DAYTONA BEACH -- A Muslim woman who wanted to wear a veil in her driver's license photo must follow a Florida law that requires a picture of her full face, according to a state appeals court.

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 15-page opinion. "However, as long as the laws are neutral and generally applicable to the citizenry, they must be obeyed."

A message left early today for Freeman's attorney, Howard Marks, was not immediately returned.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles issued Freeman, 38, of Winter Park, a license in 2001 showing her veiled with only her eyes visible, but later suspended it.

Freeman sued the state, claiming the suspension infringed upon her First Amendment rights. She lost her civil lawsuit in 2003 when Circuit Judge Janet C. Thorpe agreed with authorities that letting people show only their eyes would undermine efforts to stop terrorists.

Gov. Jeb Bush signed legislation in 2003 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."
Link Posted: 9/7/2005 11:31:34 PM EDT
It's nice to see that common sense wins one for once. I mean, what is the point of a photo ID if the person in the picture is wearing what amounts to a mask? The photo on the ID is useless for it's sole purpose.
Link Posted: 9/7/2005 11:33:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2005 11:35:29 PM EDT by repub18]
good! WTF is the point of an ID if you cant see the damn face!

Why am I always so proud of FL law prevailing over bullshit?
Link Posted: 9/7/2005 11:44:51 PM EDT
Easy, you want your 1st amendment rights fine. DON'T DRIVE. Driving is not a right. If you don't want your pic. on a license, by all means don't. Just don't bitch when you can't legally get behind the wheel.
Link Posted: 9/7/2005 11:47:23 PM EDT
If the court went the other way, id demand they take my picture with a President Nixon mask.
Link Posted: 9/7/2005 11:56:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Triumph955i:
If the court went the other way, id demand they take my picture with a President Nixon mask.

I'd go for one of these, just to be a dick

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