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The State of Florida
has Allowed A Muslim Woman to Have Her Drivers License Photo Taken with
Her Face Covered-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor The story claims that a Muslim woman objected to uncovering her face for a drivers license
picture, so the state of Florida allowed it. The story then
goes on to quote a commentary written by someone about immigrants in
the United States after September 11.
At the time this eRumor started
circulating, it was in reference to the case of a 41-year-old
women who had applied for an ID card, not a drivers license.
According to the Florida Department
of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Najat Tamim-Muhammad did not
want to violate her Moslem belief and uncover her face in
public. Florida officials told her, however, that the ID card
needed to show enough of her face to confirm her identity. A compromise
was worked out that satisfied her need to respect the rules of her
faith and the state of Florida's need for enough of her face to be
Later, another similar case came up involving a woman named Sultaana Freeman
who wore a covering that allowed only her eyes to be seen.
She was told she would have to remove it for the photo. She
refused and filed a lawsuit. She lost and in June, 2003, she
was told that if she wanted a driver's license, she would have to
consent to having a picture taken with her face uncovered.
A companion eRumor also started about Sultaana Freeman that she was
a convert to Islam whose previous name had been Sandra Keller, that
she had been previously arrested in Illinois for battering a foster
child, and that there was a mug-shot of her from that occasion
without her face covered.
According to www.thesmokinggun.com,
that is true and they have the pictures posted. CLICK
HERE for that link.
The article quoted is a portion of something that was written by Air
Force Veteran Barry Loudermilk in the aftermath of September 11 and
published in a newspaper in Georgia. CLICK
HERE for more on the
Last updated 7/16/02
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