The New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles initially refused to allow American Atheists President David Silverman to order a vanity license plate that said “ATHE1ST,” but relented when the refusal began to draw media attention.
Raw Story spoke to American Atheists Public Relations Director David Muscato, who relayed Silverman’s story.
Silverman called the DMV and was told by an employee that his request was denied on the grounds that the message on the pate would be considered “offensive.” In response, Silverman sent an appeal letter to the head of the Special Plate Division, Myriam Segui.
On Wednesday, the DMV informed Silverman that it was reversing its ruling and allowing him to have the license plate after all. Muscato said that the agency blamed a “clerical error” for its initial refusal to grant the request for the custom plate.
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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