God, the driver licences and the court case
Posted by Mr DoctorE on October 19, 2012
No driver license for this woman… or else people can simply say they have this superstition.. like me, I don’t believe in not having gazillions of $$$, it is my religion, give me the $$ now, $ is my Gawd
When Moses went up that mountain for 40 days and 40 nights to hear the word of God, he couldn’t have predicted one of the commandments he brought back down would be at the centre of a discrimination dispute with Queensland Transport.
But for Mimi Yahjah Emanuel (formerly known as Wilhelmina Maria Anthonia) and her daughter Sunrise Eliza Kayah Celeste Emanuel, being forced to sit for a photo to obtain their driver’s licence, which they claim was in direct contradiction to their religious beliefs, was in their opinion, unlawful discrimination.
The pair took their case to the anti-discrimination commission in 2009 and when the stalemate between the women and the government could not be resolved, the matter found itself in front of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
When Ms Sunrise Emanuel went to have her name change recorded on her driver’s licence in August 2009, she claimed she was “ridiculed” by a staff member who responded to Ms Emanuel’s refusal to have her photo taken with “I’ve never heard such a thing”.
The tribunal was told Ms Emanuel attempted to explain her religious beliefs but was rebuffed and when she asked for her original driver’s licence to be returned to her, the staff member refused, telling her to “come back when you’ve changed your mind”.
The women argued that being forced to have their photo taken went against the second commandment; You shall not make for yourself any graven image, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.