Judge: ‘I Believe’ license plates with cross unconstitutional

Federal judge rules that South Carolina can not issue license plates that “endorse specific sect”
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AP: Judge Nixes S.C. License Plate with Cross

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that South Carolina can’t issue license plates showing the image of a cross in front of a stained glass window along with the phrase “I Believe.”

U.S. District Judge Cameron Currie said in her ruling that the license plates was unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment ban on establishment of religion.

“Such a law amounts to a state endorsement not only of religion in general, but of a specific sect in particular,” Currie wrote.

Her ruling also singled out Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who had pushed the bill approving the license plates through the state Legislature. Christian advocates tried to get the same license plate approved in Florida, but the bill did not pass its Legislature…


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