Americans United Asks Federal Court To Approve New Jersey Atheist’s Custom License Plate
Church-State Watchdog Group Says State Motor Vehicle Commission Has Discriminated Against Non-Believers
April 17, 2014
Americans United for Separation of Church and State says New Jersey officials can’t approve vanity license plates with religious language while denying a resident one that reads “8THEIST.”
In a lawsuit filed today with the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, Americans United said the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission demeaned atheists and favored religion over non-belief when it rejected the specialized plate.
“The state of New Jersey is favoring religion while disparaging non-belief,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “It simply has no right to do that.”
Added Lynn, “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.”