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SC: ‘I Believe’ license plates get the thumbs up

By pams
Friday, June 13, 2008 0:51 EDT
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Sorry, SC readers, but your state is two for two today on the wingnut scoreboard after the HS gay-straight alliance ban attempt story. How about a state-sanctioned religious license plate — no worries about church-state conflict in the Palmetto State:

South Carolina’s lieutenant governor announced Thursday that he is willing to put up $4,000 of his own money so his state can become the first in the nation to issue “I Believe” license plates with the image of a cross and a stained glass window.

The bills mean South Carolinians attending local government meetings could soon see the Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer posted on walls, pray without fear of being sued and drive home in cars with the “I Believe” plates.

Civil rights groups are considering lawsuits. An attorney for the New York-based American Jewish Congress, Mark Stern, said the bills are an obvious endorsement of religion by legislators in an election year. His group is looking to sue over the plates.

…”This is an example of the government’s underhanded attempts to endorse one particular religious viewpoint over all others under the guise of neutral education,” said T. Jeremy Gunn, director of the ACLU’s Program of Freedom of Religion and Belief. “Religion belongs where it prospers best: with individuals, families and religious communities.”

I was really hoping for SC to secede from the U.S. with the launch of the Christian Exodus movement, but that really never got off of the ground. The organizers decided to pack their bags and head out to Idaho, a less populous state to take over, and with perhaps more sympatico Aryan Nation residents.

 
 
 
 
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