Previous Post
Your Walls Need to SAI What You Want
Next Post
Egypt’s First Kids ‘Pole Camp’ Kicks Off in August

Jordan Removes Religion from New Smart ID Cards

Jordan's new smart IDs will no longer indicate the cardholder's religion.

Smart IDs that don’t indicate the holder’s religion are now replacing traditional IDs in Jordan as part of the government’s digitisation program, reports Al Bawaba. Jordanian smart IDs will include data chips containing background information about holder for security purposes.

The move drew criticism from the country’s conservatives who argue that ditching religion from national IDs violates article one of the Jordanian constitution, which declares Islam the state religion – most notably Former MP Zakaria El Sheikh who called the decision an attempt to “strip the country of its Muslim identity.” In response, lawyer Taghrid Doghmy fired back saying the decision was in compliance with the constitution, which stipulates that all citizens are equal under the law, and argues that not specifying a person’s religious views on national ID cards could eliminate religious discrimination.     

To address the controversy, Head of Jordan’s Passport Authority Marwan Qutaishat explained that “religion cannot be expressed with a written word or a beard,” adding that religion is among the data stored in the chip integrated in smart IDs, but “isn’t shown on it.”

To show his support for the move and encourage fellow Jordanians to register for smart IDs, King Abdullah the second visited the country’s passport authorities to issue his own. 


Todays Events
Madlou + Aguizi & Fahim @ Exit
Parties
Date: 6/25/2017
Time: 11:00pm - 3:00am
Venue: Exit
Ramadan @ Stella Makadi
Dining
Date: 6/25/2017
Time: 12:00pm - 12:0am
Venue: Stella Di Mare Makadi
Eid El Fitr @ My Bakery
Dining
Date: 6/25/2017
Time: 12:00pm - 12:0am
Venue: InterContinental Citystars Hotel
Eid El Fitr @ Solana
Dining
Date: 6/25/2017
Time: 12:00pm - 12:0am
Venue: Conrad Cairo
Eid El Fitr @ Conrad
Variety
Date: 6/25/2017
Time: 12:00pm - 12:0am
Venue: Conrad Cairo
Eid El Fitr @ Mirage Cafe
Dining
Date: 6/25/2017
Time: 12:00pm - 12:0am
Venue: JW Marriott Hotel Cairo
Eid El Fitr @ Mandara Spa
Variety
Date: 6/25/2017
Time: 12:00pm - 12:0am
Venue: JW Marriott Hotel Cairo
The Eid El Fitr Beach @ JW Marriott
Variety
Date: 6/25/2017
Time: 12:00pm - 12:0am
Venue: JW Marriott Hotel Cairo