Thursday, May 29, 2003
When in Rome, redux

Well, it turns out that the innocent, veil-wearing, I-just-wanna-be-a-hardcore-Muslim-woman-who-drives lady has quite a history. One that includes a veil-less photo for the infidel Illinois government. She had her mug shot taken after she was arrested for child abuse. Two foster children were removed from her care after she pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. Apparently, she hid their injuries under Muslim garb. Her husband has also been arrested, after he fired his shotgun from the roof of his home. Sounds like a nice, law-abiding couple that I would love to have as neighbors. Is it me, or does Islam seem to attract and convert society's riffraff?

Freeman was twice photographed for mugshots in Illinois — once after being arrested on child abuse charges and once after her husband was arrested for firing a gun from the roof of the family's home on July 4. She pleaded guilty to aggravated battery in the first case and was not charged in the second.

The Smoking Gun has thoughtfully posted her mug shot for all to see. Another Naqba!

This topic was discussed on Hannity & Colmes last night, and the lawyer who supports her stance actually wondered about the difference between a FULL FACE veil and a Kipa (yarmulke). Are there really people that stoopid?

I have to wonder, how would law enforcement ever know for sure that the person who hands them her drivers license is really her? Driving is a priviledge, not a right, so if you don't like the rules that come with driving, then don't drive. Again, security for US citizens is far more important than a debatable Muslim "law".

At CNN.com, they have listed the rules in various Muslim nations regarding women's veils in identification photos:

Driver’s identification rules in Muslim nations:

Saudi Arabia: Women aren't allowed to drive
Iran: Women wear a traditional chador, which does not cover the face.
Egypt: Women do not cover their face in I.D. pictures
United Arab Emirates: Women do not cover their face in I.D. pictures
Oman: Women do not cover their face in I.D. pictures
Kuwait: Women do not cover their face in I.D. pictures
Qatar: Women do not cover their face in I.D. pictures
Bahrain: Women do not cover their face in I.D. pictures
Jordan: Women can drive if their faces are covered but do not cover their face in I.D. pictures

Does she realize that the only reason that this is in a court is because she is in America and we have a justice system that even she can abuse? I doubt she would have any legal rights at all in the countries above, because over there she is a second-class citizen. These people come to this country or become hardcore religious zealots, expect us to accomodate them-- regardless of the risk these accomodations may pose to the rest of us-- tie up our courts with frivolous lawsuits, then say that we are not respecting their religious rights. Nobody is infringing on her religious rights, and she is infringing on my government's duty to protect American citizens. She can wear her veil all she wants, until it becomes a matter of security. If we start allowing religious laws to become part of US law, that will be the end of the United States and all that is great here.

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