From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

Photo licenses may drive Hutterites out of Alberta (Reuters)

I’m not sure exactly what to make of this. There are strict Hutterites (I thought they went out with the Jebusites…) in Canada who will not have their picture taken – it’s literally against their religion. But the province of Alberta requires photos on all drivers’ licenses (so, it’s ok to drive a car but not have your picture taken I guess). The Hutterites say they’ll leave Alberta rather than comply with what they see as an unjust or immoral law. Click on the link below for the whole story.

I dunno. I can’t get real fired up about the sin of having my picture taken. Reminds me of some primitive pagan taboos I ran into in Haiti. OTOH, I admire these folks’ adherence to their faith to the point of resisting secular authorities.  I also admire the fact that instead of bitching, whining, and going to court, they’re getting ready to move out of the province.

Reuters – Up to 10 colonies of the strict Christian Hutterite sect say they face religious persecution from the Canadian province of Alberta’s plan to force them to have their photos on driver’s licenses and may leave Alberta rather than comply.

Photo licenses may drive Hutterites out of Alberta (Reuters)
Mon, 27 Jul 2009 21:26:37 GMT

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