If you’re going to allow certain U.S. citizens to wear attire on their head in the name of religion, then you must allow every U.S. citizen to wear attire on their head in the name of religion. That includes Pastafarians, who worship the “Flying Spaghetti Monster” and fasten spaghetti colanders on their heads for religious purposes as well as Marines who wear a USMC hat.
Last month, Marine veteran Alex Morales went to a Division of Motor Vehicles office in California to get his driver’s license renewed. When he went to get his picture taken the DMV employee asked Morales to take his USMC hat off. Morales refused. He was asked a second time to remove his hat. Morales refused for a second time. The DMV employee asked Morales why he wouldn’t remove his Marines hat.
“Those men didn’t remove their head wear, I shouldn’t either,” Morales referenced several other men who were wearing religious headwear. The employee explained that this was “their attire and their religion.”
Morales then dropped some knowledge on the DMV worker. Alex’s wife Henrietta recounted the moment, “Alex told the DMV person that what he had on was his attire and when he entered the Marines he declared an oath to the USA, and one nation under God — and therefore his oath was just as good as his religion.”
The DMV employees were stupefied and didn’t know what to do. They called supervisors in Sacramento, and after an hour Alex was told, that he could wear his hat for the picture and if there were any problems they would let him know and he could appeal their decision. Morales clapped back that if there was a problem then he WILL appeal it.
As Alex left the DMV office, several employees clapped quietly for him.
Henrietta Morales posted the story on her Facebook and it has gone viral, and it was shared nearly 140,000 times.
On December 18, 2015, Alex Morales got his new driver’s license with his USMC hat proudly featured.