And finally, the judge says NO.
South Carolina can't issue 'I Believe' tag, federal judge rules
By Tim Smith • Staff writer • November 10, 2009
Greenville NewsCOLUMBIA -- A federal judge today ordered the state to stop producing "I Believe" license plates, ruling the case is a "textbook example" of a constitutional prohibition of government endorsing a specific religion.Here is my first blog post about this sordid debacle.
U.S. District Court Judge Cameron Currie, who issued a preliminary injunction against the plates in December, on Tuesday issued a permanent injunction, finding the legislation creating the plates violates the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution and its 14th Amendment.
She also singled out Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who pushed through the legislation.
"Whether motivated by sincerely held Christian beliefs or an effort to purchase political capital with religious coin, the result is the same," Currie wrote in her order. "The statute is clearly unconstitutional and defense of its implementation has embroiled the state in unnecessary (and expensive) litigation."
(I still think a bumper sticker would do just fine.)
What's your opinion? Is South Carolina moving in the right direction all of a sudden? Could this decision have a domino effect on other laws and other states?
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also posted at Man With a Muck-Rake