My friend Mike Slomka pointed this out the other day when he had to look up Michigan law on the circumstances under which teenagers can drive on a graduated driver’s license after outside of the approved hours in which they can operate a vehicle. The law enshrines religious privilege in it:
Graduated Driver’s License Level 2 Restrictions
Here are the Graduated Driver License Level 2 restrictions that are now in effect:
1. Shall not operate a motor vehicle between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. except when:
driving to or from or in the course of employment;
driving to or from an authorized activity; or
accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or a licensed driver 21 years of age or older designated by the parent or legal guardian…
Authorized activity means any of the following:
(a) A school or a school-sanctioned event or activity. School means a public or private school, including a home school.(b) A sporting event or activity, or extracurricular event or activity, that is not school-sanctioned but that is part of an official sports league or association or an official extracurricular club, or that is paid for as a service offered by a business specializing in those events or activities or training for those events or activities.
(c) A class or program of vocational instruction offered by a college, community college, nonprofit association, or unit of government or by a business specializing in vocational training.
(d) An event or activity sponsored by a religious organization that is tax-exempt under federal law.
So if you have a teenager with a level 2 driver’s license (the last level before you’re a completely legal driver), they can violate the legally-mandated driving curfew to go to a religious event or activity, but not to, say, a Neil DeGrasse Tyson lecture. Or a library. Or a CFI meeting. All animals are equal here at Animal Farm, some are just more equal than others.