A federal judge nixed South Carolina’s plan to issue license plates with an image of a cross in front of a stained glass window with the phrase ‘I Believe” because he said it violates the First Amendment ban on establishment of religion by government.
But a private Christian group told CNSNews.com the ruling doesn’t stand in the way of its secondary plan to get a similar plate issued using a state law that permits private groups to issue tags they design.
The fight over the plates started after Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer helped push the legislation through in 2008. Groups including Americans United for Separation of Church and State and American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee challenged the state’s ability to put a religious message on a state license tag.
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, said government must never be allowed give favorable treatment to one faith over another