LICENSE PLATE BILL LANDS PALMETTO STATE IN COURT
FITSNews – June 20, 2008 – In a move that was about as surprising as the tide coming in this morning, South Carolina has in fact been sued over its latest Christian-themed license plate. The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court yesterday by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, claims that South Carolina’s new “I BELIEVE” license plate “improperly advances and endorses religion” and “discriminates against citizens of other faiths.”
S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford allowed the license plate bill to become law two weeks ago – despite being warned in advance about the impending lawsuit threat. Sanford didn’t sign the bill, mind you, but he catered to right-wing evangelicals by not vetoing it, either – the classic Pontius Pilate approach.
Now it will be left to South Carolina taxpayers to defend the license plates in court, which could end up costing us hundreds of thousands of dollars before it’s all said and done … so yeah, it’s good to know we’re spending our tax dollars wisely.
As we’ve written in the past, these specialty license plates have absolutely no business on our roads. All they do is confuse police and create unnecessary drama and division amongst the people. Christians already have an “In God We Trust” specialty license plate in South Carolina, which we think is similarly offensive to non-Christians, so why do they need yet another license plate? Is “In God We Trust” not good enough?