Feeds

Religious excuse for opposing ID cards

Become a Hutterite

Security for virtualized datacentres

A court in Canada has excused Hutterites from carrying photo driving licenses because the religious group believes the Bible prohibits them from having their picture taken.

Justice Sal LoVecchio of the Alberta Court of Queens Bench ruled that Hutterites, who fled persecution before settling in North America in the late 19th century, could carry driving licences without photos even after the government had decreed that everyone had to carry photographic driving ID.

Chris Levy, associate dean of law at the University of Calgary, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) that it could be the start of a trend.

"Potentially, at least, they have a strong freedom of religion argument now based on a court...decision in Alberta to back up their objection to being photographed," he said.

The Hutterites are apparently not Luddite, unlike the Amish people popularised by Harrison Ford in Hollywood film Witness, and to which the Hutterites are related.

Yet CBC said they believe that the second commandment from the old testament of the Bible, "thou shalt not make graven images"*, forbids them from having their photograph taken.

Greg Senda, lawyer for the Wilson Colony Hutterite community near Coaldale, 12 kilometres east of Lethbridge, Alberta, had less faith in the ruling as a broad religious ground for resisting the state imposition of photo identification such as ID cards.

The colony's dependence on driving to run its farm had influenced the court decision.

But not all Hutterites challenged the photographic ID requirement.

Mark Waldner, of Hutterites.org, said Hutterites outside of the one Albertan community that protested did not all agree with their views.

"I'm a Hutterite and have no qualms about using photo ID on my driver's license," he said.

"Some Hutterites, including myself, contend that...as long as we don't make an idol out of those 'images' we aren't trespassing the commandment," he added.

The Hutterites also believe that the "community of goods is the highest form of love", according to Waldner's website, which promotes their religion. They hold no personal possessions, share all things equally in the community, according to need. They are also pacifist.®

* Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me (Exodus 20:3-5)

Business security measures using SSL

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.