Score one for the good guys! Americans United for Separation of Church and State
sponsored litigation in Federal Court to stop the state of South Carolina from issuing specialty Christian themed license plates featuring a cross, a stained-glass window and the words "I Believe." Yesterday U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie issued a preliminary injunction forbidding the state to issue or manufacture the plates.
The measure that authorized the special plates was passed unanimously by both houses of South Carolina's legislature, despite the fact that some of the legislators openly admitted that they would not vote for similar plates for minority faiths.
But even that sort of misses the point. The crux of the matter is not really whether or not all churches are represented, although even that issue could become troublesome. The specialty license plate looked like this:
Which clearly depicts a Christian image. Now, if you were going to start making licence plates for all religions, you would eventually have to make license plates for everyone...
The Flying Spaghetti Monster...
The Church of the SubGenius...
The Church of Dick Cheney...
But that's not the point.
The state of South Carolina is not supposed to be promoting any
religion, because of federal laws that are based on the Constitution of the United States. The state is not supposed to be advocating any
If a citizen wants to put a message of some sort on their car, they can buy a bumper sticker, but it is against the founding principals of this fine country for the DMV to put religious symbols and messages on your license plate.
For more information on the subject, visit the Americans United for Separation of Church and State website,
or I found this great video of Rev. Lynn discussing the subject on the O'Reilly Factor.
Hmm... No, it's still wrong!