I haven’t a clue how to solve this one. The Hutterites fled Europe for the United States to avoid religious persecution. Then they fled the United States to Canada to avoid being drafted into the armed forces in World War One. Now they are threatening to flee Alberta, Canada over a requirement for photographs on driver’s licenses.
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.
Canada’s Supreme Court ruled Friday in favour of the Alberta government, which had appealed an exception the Hutterite colonies had won through the courts to a provincial law that requires photos on driver’s licenses. The Alberta colonies take literally the Bible’s Second Commandment against making images, although other colonies do not.
“The 10 Commandments were written in stone and they should last forever,” said Samuel Wurz, manager of the Three Hills Colony. ” …If you start to give in to one thing, next thing the government would want to come take our children to public schools or have our young people go to war.”
These are people – only about 1,000 or so – who have lived their lives, their faith, quietly for some 500 years. Now Canada, where denouncing Islamist hatred is a thought crime worthy of official persecution is dropping the hammer on these folks?
What a shameful place Canada has become. Or at least, Alberta – because other Canadian provinces manage to accommodate the Hutterite beliefs.
But really, where do you run to when you run out of world?