Atheist Sues After NJ Rejects Her License Plate
State deems '8THEIST' offensive
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2014 6:00 AM CDT
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(Newser) – New Jersey has a free-speech lawsuit on its hands after a woman's attempt to score an atheist license plate got rejected, reports NJ.com. Shannon Morgan says it was bad enough when she typed in 8THEIST on the state website and learned that it was deemed objectionable. But when she typed in BAPTIST and was allowed to proceed, she decided to lawyer up. The state is showing a clear preference for "theistic beliefs over non-theistic ones," says her lawsuit.

“This license plate issue may seem like a small matter but it is indicative of a much larger problem—atheists are often treated by the government as second-class citizens,” says her attorney. This is the state's second high-profile fight over an atheist plate in a year, notes Philly.com. Last summer, the president of the group American Atheists successfully appealed New Jersey's rejection of his ATHE1ST plate. (The case should provide some talking points at this weekend's convention in Salt Lake City.)

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Theresa Easley
Apr 29, 2014 10:07 PM CDT
Doesn't feel so good when the shoe is on the other foot. They are always going after Christians and want us to keep our beliefs to ourselves.Enjoy the taste of your own medicine.
drbarney
Apr 20, 2014 4:28 PM CDT
Her complaint about discrimination against her religious belief is valid. Nobody can prove anything about the unknown except that you can't prove what cannot be known. That is why we set high standards for religious freedom to accept or to reject what are only beliefs.
JERZJOE
Apr 20, 2014 9:34 AM CDT
i have a license plate.. "BIZARONJ" there ya go!