Florida court upholds veil ban
Muslim woman sued over driver's license photo
Wednesday, September 7, 2005; Posted: 5:27 p.m. EDT (21:27 GMT)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (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.
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."
So now that that's over, what worries me is the god damn appeals court ruled added this bit at the end so that it seems at least part of the ruling is based on the fact that islam dosen't forbid all photographs. WHO THE FUCK CARES if islam forbids photographs or thinks that the invention of the camera was really a satanic plot to take over the world. She should still have to take the god damn veil off if she wants to drive. Don't want to take it off because you're some sort of freakishly fugly person and hoards of taunting children tend to gather around you whenever you're in public? DON'T DRIVE. No one guarenteed you the rights of life, liberty, and the ability to speed around in a SUV you stupid bitch.