Sunday, 11 September 2016

The Headcovering Movement: Christian Woman Forced to Remove Religious Headscarf at Alabama DMV, Told Only Muslims Can Cover Head

The Headcovering Movement: Christian Woman Forced to Remove Religious Headscarf at Alabama DMV, Told Only Muslims Can Cover Head

According to the lawsuit, Allen visited the DMV office in Auburn on Dec. 29, 2015, to renew her expired license and was told she had to remove her head covering and eyeglasses in order to take the photo for the document.

“No ma’am, I don’t uncover my hair,” Allen said she told the clerk.

“She asked me, ‘Is it for religious purposes?'”

“I smiled, ‘Yes, ma’am,'” said Allen.

The clerk then asked Allen if she was Muslim and when Allen told her she is Christian the clerk told her that she would have to remove the headscarf.

“Ms. Allen informed the clerk that she does not uncover her hair. In response, the clerk asked her, ‘Is it for religious purposes?’ Ms. Allen responded, ‘Yes ma’am.’ The clerk then asked, ‘Are you Muslim?’ When Ms. Allen explained that she is a Christian, the clerk told her, ‘No, then you need to uncover your hair. Only Muslim women have the right to cover their hair in the driver license photos,'” the lawsuit said.

A friend who had traveled with Allen tried to explain to the clerk that Allen “doesn’t uncover her hair ever,” but the clerk remained unfazed, insisting to Allen that: “You are not a Muslim, and Christian women don’t cover their hair.”

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