A Christian woman in Alabama was told by the DMV that she was not allowed to wear her headscarf for her driver's license photo. The same DMV allows Muslim women to cover their heads for their photographs. The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the county.
Yvonne Allen went to the Department of Motor Vehicles in Tuskeegee and intended to take her driver's license photo with her headscarf. In Allen's denomination of Christianity, a head scarf is required by her faith.
According to Allen, the staff at the DMV not only turned her down, but 'ridiculed' her for her belief.
"I was devastated when they forced me to remove my headscarf to take my driver license photo," said Allen in a press conference. "Revealing my hair to others is disobedient to God. I should have the same right as people of other faiths to be accommodated for my religious beliefs."
The Lee County DMV does allow Muslim women a religious exemption; they're allowed to be photographed wearing a hijab (head scarf). The ACLU is accusing the county of discrimination and violating Allen's constitutional rights.
The ACLU is often accused of being an anti-Christian 'liberal' organization. The organization describes itself as 'non-partisan' and its mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States."
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