“I Believe” SC license plate shot down
In a sudden outbreak of common sense, a District Court judge has ruled that the law authorizing a proposed “I Believe” license plate, which South Carolina’s moron Lieutenant Governor Andre has been pushing, is indeed an unconstitutional state endorsement of a religion.
As the judge in the case noted,
“Despite such clearly established law, this state’s limited resources have been used to promote, pass, and defend a state law, the ‘I Believe’ Act, which authorizes the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue a license plate which must contain ‘the words “I Believe” and a cross superimposed on a stained glass window,’ ” Currie wrote in her summary judgment.
What makes the whole thing even stupider is that the identical plate could have been introduced as a private organization’s specialty plate, without having to bring in special legislation exposing the state to a very expensive lawsuit.
In fact, South Carolina already has a very popular specialty plate on a similar theme (“In God We Trust”) which is available to anyone who wants it for an extra 24 dollars every two years:
If you care to join the Secular Humanists Of The Low Country you can get the “In Reason We Trust” plate, though that costs $30 more:
It’s perfectly okay to express a philosophic viewpoint on a license plate; it’s just not okay to have the additional costs paid for by the state government, because that’s an endorsement of a specific religion. That of course is what the real motive of SC’s backward legislature was. They’ve never liked that whole separation of church and state notion; they want a Christian theocracy.