Islamic Group Questions Driver’s License Bill

March 5, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Journal Record

An American Islamic group asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Wednesday to determine whether legislation in Oklahoma and Minnesota prohibiting the wearing of religiously required head scarves in driver’s license photos is constitutional.

In Oklahoma, language was added to a measure in committee that would not allow “hats, head scarves, head garments, bandanas, prescription or nonprescription glasses or sunglasses, masks or costumes that cover or partially cover the head or shoulders” to be worn by individuals while being photographed for a license or identification card.

In a letter to Holder, the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations said the legislation “would have a negative impact on the First Amendment rights of Muslims and members of other faiths in Minnesota and Oklahoma.”