Wearing Your Religion On Your Car
South Carolina has received enough applications to begin making “I Believe” license plates. As we’ve noted, these plates cost less than the typical vanity plates. The same idea never passed muster in Florida because legislators didn’t want to deal with court challenges.
Some South Carolina politicians just can’t understand why this might be offensive.
Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who helped push the measure through the General Assembly, said: “A lot of people can’t understand what the hype is about. Nobody is mandated to have this tag … it’s an option.”
But Barry Lynn’s group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, is spearheading a suit co-sponsored by four South Carolina clergymen who clearly see why this is a Constitutional violation.
The Americans United lawsuit says the Christian license plate violates the separation of church and state as well as freedom of speech. It notes that other religions will not be able to get similar license plates expressing differing viewpoints, nor can a comparable “I Don’t Believe” license plate be issued.
Can you imagine the outcry if there were a license plate with the word “God” and a line through it? Would South Carolina permit a license plate saying “I believe in Allah”?
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