I believe this is a violation of the First Amendment!!!!
South Carolina is always trying to enhance its reputation as a conservative crazy backwater that does things like elect Joe Wilsons to the congress and flies the Rebel Flag over its state house and stuff. Recently, the state legislature approved a version of a license plate for the state with a big-ole cross on it and the phrase “I Believe” written on it.
District Judge Cameron Currie said that the plate violated the First Amendment, which enshrines the separation of church and state.
A similar bid by a group in Florida last year did not pass state lawmakers.
The governor has made the claim that since there are over 120 different plates already available, this could not constitute a church-state separation issue. The Federal Judge totally pwned the gov in a Pot Meet Kettle kinda way:
“Whether motivated by sincerely-held Christian beliefs or an effort to purchase political capital with religious coin, the result is the same.
“The statute is clearly unconstitutional and defence of its implementation has embroiled the state in unnecessary (and expensive) litigation.”
Hat tip: Virgil Samms