The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has joined other groups concerned with constitutionally-protected religious freedoms to express concern about a bill that bans religious headwear in driver’s licenses and other identification card photos.
The bill, House Bill 1645, passed in the Oklahoma House of Representatives last week.
The proposed amendment states: “The photograph or image shall clearly identify the licensee or cardholder and shall depict a full front unobstructed view of the entire head and shoulders of the licensee or cardholder. Hats, head scarves, head garments that cover or partially cover the head or shoulders are strictly prohibited and shall not be worn by the licensee or cardholder when being photographed for a license or identification card.”
CAIR-Oklahoma believes the amendment proposed by Rep. Rex Duncan, R-Sand Springs, was introduced in reaction to CAIR-Oklahoma’s successful resolution of a dispute over a Muslim woman’s right to wear Hijab in her driver’s license photo. (MORE)