Friday, 19 October 2012

Their chariots await

A couple of religious crackpots from Hervey Bay went to court after Queensland Transport had the temerity to insist they have their photos taken for their driver's licences. The Queensland Times reports that:
Mimi Yahjah Emanuel and her daughter, Sunrise Eliza Kayah Celeste Emmanuel, sought photo-less driving licences at Queensland Transport's Hervey Bay office because they believed having a photo taken would violate God's Second Commandment which "tells us not to make an image or a likeness".
The Court found that:
while the primary purpose of the drivers' licence was to provide evidence of an authority to drive, it also played a "de facto identity role in the community".

"Due to this broader use of the driver licence, the government has a social responsibility to ensure it is secure and resistant to fraud and tampering," it read.

"Fraudulent activity based on false identities is a national issue that has been estimated to cost Australians more than $1 billion per annum. The department's guidelines are designed to assist in reducing this problem."

QCAT member Robert Wensley found the need to "protect public safety and order", through minimising identity theft and fraud, overrode the women's freedom to express religious beliefs.
Perhaps the women should have been issued with large marble tablets on which it is denoted that they are allowed to drive any form of transport that existed in 600BCE.

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