Lawsuit claims DMV rule about head coverings violates religious, civil liberties

dirksen_15_e1541036820505.0 (1)Source: Chicago Sun Times

BY David Struett

A civil rights group is suing Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White over a rule it claims violates people’s religious rights at driver’s license facilities across the state.

The issue: Anyone wearing a religious head covering while taking a driver’s license photo must sign a form saying they may lose their license if they are later seen in public not wearing a head covering, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court by CAIR-Chicago.

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab said the rule restricts people’s religious rights and civil liberties, and fails to accommodate the variety of religious practices.

“This has been an issue since the beginning … The state should not be in the business of saying what religious practice should look like,” Rehab told the Chicago Sun-Times.

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