For John, BLUF: I am thinking perhaps photo IDs need to be replaced with some other easily used technology. Nothing to see here; just move along.
It is "The Volokh Conspiracy", featuring Law Prof Eugene Volokh, in The Wash Post.
The issue is, a woman went to get her driver's license and asked to be allowed to keep her hair covered for the photo, for religious reasons. The problem for the driver's license officials was that she was not Muslim and thus they couldn't grant her an exemption. That is when the ACLU stepped in, and rightly so.
Here is the Law Prof's opinion:
The First Amendment doesn’t generally require government to give religious exemptions from generally applicable laws (such as requirements that people have driver’s licenses that show them bareheaded) — but when the government does grant religious exemptions, it generally can’t grant the exemption to members of one religion and then deny the same exemption to members of other religions.Agreed!
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff