On Putting Crosses on License Plates

South Carolina officially endorses the Christian religion:

South Carolina drivers will be the first in the nation to be offered license plates that carry the phrase “I Believe” and a Christian cross over a stained-glass window under a law that took effect on Thursday.

Critics have threatened to fight the law in court, saying the license plate represents an illegal state endorsement of religion.

The bill authorizing the plate passed the State House and Senate unanimously on May 22. It became law without the signature of Gov. Mark Sanford, a Republican, under the South Carolina Constitution.

“While I do, in fact, ‘believe,’ it is my personal view that the largest proclamation of one’s faith ought to be in how one lives one’s life,” Mr. Sanford wrote on Thursday in a letter to Glenn F. McConnell, president pro tem of the Senate and a fellow Republican.

The bill directs the Motor Vehicles Department to create the plate.

Mr. Sanford told the department to charge people just enough to reimburse the state for the cost to produce the plate, estimated at $4 to $6, and to not allow any organization to benefit from its sales.

Mark Sanford gets Allahpundit’s respect for refusing to sign the bill, and Allahpundit gets my respect for calling this what it is: an unconstitutional endorsement of religion:

Two ways to play this for First Amendment purposes. Either offer designs for every other religion, right down to the pentagram plate for wiccans (a strategy which would still be of dubious constitutionality), or cancel the plate and leave this stuff on bumper stickers where it belongs.

Think Progress notes that “[b]oth the ACLU and the American Jewish Congress are considering challenging the plates in court.”

4 Responses to “On Putting Crosses on License Plates”

  1. or are the endorsing the KKK, just a query

  2. Chief says:

    I suppose some might consider it snarky to ask if there is a difference between the two. But they both were about intimidation and forcing people to fall in line.

  3. Mark says:

    On a barely-related note, am I the only one who thinks that Allahpundit’s blogging has gotten about 1000% better/more tolerable since Ed Morrissey joined Hot Air? Just a thought.

  4. Rich Klein says:

    Where does the Governor worship?


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