I don’t know, this might be more appropriate in GD. If so, then please accept my apologies.
From the news this morning: Iraqi Police Storm Farm, Free 17 Hostages - one of the Shi’ite kidnappees escaped after showing a fake ID card saying he was a Sunni.
My question is this - in a region that has been defined in the past years by religious sectarian violence, why do they put religion on their ID cards? Is anyone familiar with the review process that this went through? Is it mandated in their new constitution, or is it a holdover from the previous government?
Doesn’t common sense dictate that, when you’re trying to build a nation based on common ground, and trying to quell profound socio-political divisions based on religion, that you don’t mandate advertising one’s religion?