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How State Photo Identification Standards Can Be Used to Undermine Religious Freedom


Rajdeep Singh Jolly


The Sikh Coalition

January 23, 2013

Asian American Law Journal: Volume 19 (2012)

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The purpose of this essay is to highlight a latent threat to religious freedom in the post-9/11 environment. In the absence of state laws that track the language of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, state legislatures motivated by anti-Muslim bias can harm religious minorities by enacting facially neutral and generally applicable laws that forbid headcoverings in driver license photographs. If such laws are enacted, individuals who wear religious headcoverings can be forced to choose between religious freedom and valid identification cards, without which travel and economic transactions become exceedingly difficult. As a safeguard against this deprivation of religious freedom, this essay argues for more robust civil rights protections at all levels of American government, including wider adoption of state versions of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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Date posted: January 21, 2013 ; Last revised: January 28, 2013

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Jolly, Rajdeep Singh, How State Photo Identification Standards Can Be Used to Undermine Religious Freedom (January 23, 2013). Asian American Law Journal: Volume 19 (2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2204832

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The Sikh Coalition ( email )
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Washington, DC 20008
United States
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