IL: no photo on Amish ID cards?

Illinois governor has recently signed a bill that allows state governor to exempt certain groups of people from having photograph on driver’s license or identification card due to religious beliefs. The bill number 1484 raised Secretary of State Jesse White concerns about security. He pointed out that id card without a photo defeats the purpose of the document as you cannot match name against person’s image. Bill was sponsored by state representatives Adam Brown (R), Chapin Rose and state senators Dale Righter and Kyle McCarter. Brown is willing to work with White and state police on alternatives to photo ID including police internal photo database as well as finger print identification.
Amich objections against taking photographs, especially posed ones come from the second commandment, Exodus 20:4: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Although 10 commandments are common for all Christians Amish population seem to interpret it very closely and literally.
Amish community of Illinois faced similar problem in March when State Police director Jonathan Monken handed down the decision that FOID (Firearm Owner Identification cards) must contain a holder’s photo. It needs to be noted that the director took the decision on his last day in the office which set his successor in a difficult position.
Pennsylvania and Ohio, the 2 states with largest Amish communities allow exceptions for not having photograph on state identification documents due to religious beliefs.

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