First legal challenge for Christian license plates

Image by Faith in TeachingImage by 20080619plate.jpg This license plate was proposed in Florida, though it failed the pass the Legislature there. A plate similar to this one is currently working its way through the S.C. General Assembly.

The "I believe" license plates have already found their fist legal challenge, even before they have been minted.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed a lawsuit in federal court on Thursday, from their press release:
The Summers v. Adams lawsuit charges that the Christian plate gives preferential government treatment to one faith. It asks the court to prevent South Carolina officials from producing the plates.

“The state has clearly given preferential treatment to Christianity with this license plate,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director. “I can’t think of a more flagrant violation of the First Amendment’s promise of equal treatment for all faiths. I believe these plates will not see the light of day.”

The suit comes before the plates have even been minted. Last week Lt. Gov. Mark Bauer said he'd post the $4,000 deposit that's necessary so the plates can be minted.

South Carolina offers dozens of license plate designs.

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