The controversial House bill that would require a woman to remove her hijab for her driver’s license photo is best summed up by state Sen. Roger Ballenger, D-Okmulgee, who said it seems to “be a solution looking for a problem.”
House Bill 1645, authored by Rep. Rex Duncan, R-Sand Springs, would prohibit Oklahomans from wearing scarves or other head coverings in driver’s license photos. The rationale behind Duncan’s misguided bill is that the wearing of the hijab — the scarf worn by some Muslim women which covers the head but not the face — somehow makes identification difficult. That, of course, is silly. The woman’s entire face is visible.
Duncan tries to cover his reasoning by saying that the bill also would prohibit the wearing of ballcaps, cowboy hats and do-rags in photos. We don’t care if Bubba wants to wear his baseball cap or if Tex wants to keep his 10-gallon hat on in the photo, as long as their faces are visible from hairline to chin. (MORE)