– A Muslim woman wants to get a driver’s license, but it requires a photograph – but she wears a hiqab that covers her face. –
I. Should the woman be allowed to get a driver’s license?
II. The Sherbert Test as applied to this case:
A. Was the person pursuing a sincere religious belief?
B. Did the law impose a substantial burden on the exercise of one’s religious beliefs?
– Yes, because the law requires her to remove her face covering for the license photo.
C. Does the law fulfill a compelling governmental interest?
(1a.) How important is the goal of the government’s law?
– Very important, because it protects the identity of its citizens.
(2b.) Does the government’s law actually achieve its stated goal or interest?
– Yes, it does.
D. Could this interest be accomplished in a less restrictive fashion?
– No, I do no believe so. Photo ID is important to protect the identity of the United States citizens.