After recently moving I went to the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles office to have my drivers license updated. After waiting for the computer system to come back online and for the massive line to dwindle to the point where my number was finally saved, I was up.
I passed the eye test (with my glasses on), I correctly answered the questionnaires (Yes I have surrendered all outstanding licenses), I opted not to donate a dollar to the organ foundation at this time, and I paid my $24. It was a go for the picture.
I put my colander on my head to celebrate the Wholiness of The Great Noodily One and waited for the flash. When it was requested of me to remove the colander I explained that it was a religious garb and continued to smile at the camera ready for it to recognize my face (Note: the colander would not be hindering the state statute which reads, "Each identification card issued to an individual under this section shall show a photograph of the registrant's full face." (C.R.S. 42-2-303 (2014)) nor would it cause problems with the facial recognition software that the State uses - As I attached the photo to this post Google asked me if I would tag all four faces while identifying them for me. This only proves that the facial recognition software is not hindered by this headgear.)
The manager of the branch contacted his boss who was on the road and they decided that I would not be allowed to wear my religious attire. I informed him that I believed that it was within my rights to be able to wear this headgear as other religions have the right to do the same. At this point they had taken my money and punched a hole in my old license rendering it invalid.
During this process I was asked to show proof of my religion in order for my request to be taken seriously. This made me wonder if anyone else has been asked to prove their religion in order to obtain a State issued form of identification? Was I a victim of religious discrimination?
I am currently waiting for a phone call back from someone at the State level. My situation is that I have a temporarily valid drivers license (my old drivers license with the hole in it and a piece of paper validating my address are enough to get me by for 30 days). I'm interested to see what happens as I don't believe I am requesting anything outside of what is allowed by the state.
"Be kind unto others whether they are kind unto thou or not, for it maketh thou the better person in most situations, and occasionally it doth piss off an idiot, which is funny unto Your Lord the Sauced One." (-Suggestion 1:5)
"I have a sense of humor." (-Piraticus 10:18) #FSM #pastafarian