Take a minute and think about if the roles were reversed. The Lame Stream Media would be pushing this story 24/7.
When a Christian woman went to get her driver’s license picture renewed in Alabama, things didn’t go how she hoped.
The woman, Yvonne Allen, wanted to wear her headscarf (which she keeps on for religious reasons) for the photo.
When it was time for her to take her picture, however, according to the complaint, she was immediately asked if she was “a Muslim.” After responding that she wasn’t, the clerk said:
“You’re not a Muslim, Christian women do not cover their hair.”
Unsure of how to handle the situation, Allen asked to talk with a supervisor. Again, however, she was told that she wasn’t “a Muslim” so she couldn’t take her picture with her head covered.
Still in need of the picture, Allen eventually removed her headscarf. Before the clerk took the photo, Allen asked if she could close the door a little for some privacy. Yet, the clerk refused.
The experience didn’t just damage Allen because she felt her religious beliefs were being violated, it damaged her because she has to show her ID in so many different situations. And she says that makes her feel ashamed and like she is being “disobedient to God.”
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) August 30, 2016
Even though most Christian women do not wear headscarves today, some still wear them because they believe that’s what Corinthians 11:10 requires. The verse reads:
“Therefore the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.”
It isn’t clear if that’s why Allen has such strong beliefs.
Following the experience, Allen wrote three letters to a judge to consider her case. But she reportedly didn’t get a response.
With the continued need get a new photo for her license and feeling as if she wasn’t being heard, she filed a lawsuit with the ACLU. AL.com reported on what the lawsuit is demanding:
The lawsuit asks a federal judge to order Lee County officials to allow Allen to retake her driver license photo with her headscarf and to award Allen damages and attorneys’ fees.
The lawsuit names Lee County Probate Judge Bill English and Chief Clerk Becky Frayer as defendants. Frayer declined comment Tuesday and English had not responded to a request for comment prior to publication of this story.
A study by the Counsel on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) states that while the rules for wearing headgear in identification photos vary by state, 46 states — including Alabama — do allow for “religious/cultural exemptions” for headgear or consider headgear as “normal wear.”
In fact, the Alabama Department of Public Safety states:
The photograph of each applicant must be a “full face” photo. A “full face” photo is one in which the applicant is facing the camera directly…Head coverings and headgear are only acceptable due to religious beliefs or medical conditions, and even then, may not obscure any portion of the applicant’s face…Photographs of applicants wearing headgear not specifically religious in nature are not acceptable.
Allen claims that Lee County officials violated her First Amendment rights and the Alabama Constitution, which says, “No preference shall be given by law to any religious sect, society, denomination or mode of worship.”