J at TAotB put the challenge, I responded. I have pulled it out here because he does not seem to recall the challenge, nor acknowledge my reply.
And what is your culturally sensitive solution to letting Muslim women have their gov't id photo taken with their veils on?
# posted by TAotB : 4:56 PM
BTW - I agree with you that this was an acceptable compromise in this situation. the one I posed, however, is a bit trickier. I am interested to see what the probligo will say. . . . .
# posted by TAotB : 5:07 PM
And my response -
Fortunately, the decision is not mine to make.
However, let us take drivers licence as an example. NZ has photo-d/l. There are no "papers" that we are required to carry other than that and firearms license if you are carrying a weapon (it licenses the carrier not the weapon). If you are stopped in the street by Police and asked for ID the d/l is the first resort. If you do not drive, they ask for address and the name of another person living there. From that point the intelligence of the polisman takes over - and believe me they are pretty good at it...
For the drivers license example -
I would not issue the license - if the person applying for it insisted on wearing burqah. It would have nothing whatever to do with photos. It would be on the grounds that the drivers vision would be severely limited by the veil.
I suspect though that a woman whose beliefs were so strong would not be looking to drive - it would be "outside the brief" so to speak. She could not go anywhere without male company, and a male would not permit a woman to take precedence [by driving the car].
So the problem will probably not arise.
On the "national ID" bit - I would be objecting to "having to carry papers". Too much like Nazi Germany for my taste.
# posted by The probligo : 10:40 AM