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´8THEIST´ license plate in NJ: Why
states can´t rein in the vanity plate monster

Christian Science Monitor, by Patrik Jonsson

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 4/19/2014 4:09:21 PM

If you can get a New Jersey vanity license plate that reads “BAPTIST,” why not one that reads “8THEIST”? That’s the question Shannon Morgan, a self-describe atheist, is asking in a lawsuit after the New Jersey department of motor vehicles denied her vanity plate application. Her main complaint is a bureaucracy deeming that “8THEIST” has connotations that offend “good taste and decency,” the bar which the state uses to judge the suitability of personalized plate messages. She also wants the state to adopt a more “viewpoint-neutral” vanity plate approval policy, since when she typed “BAPTIST” into the DMV application it

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Vanity plates aside, I kinda miss the days when each state had one Utilitarian color combination, instead of all the flowers and cutesy sayings.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mamafrog, 4/19/2014 4:44:21 PM     (No. 9817147)

If it is okay to declare you are a Baptist, then it should be okay to declare you are any other religion or non-religion. I would draw the line at deities, but perhaps others would disagree.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Halfvast Conspirator, 4/19/2014 4:50:38 PM     (No. 9817150)

A buddy of mine in another state had 3M TA3 on his plate. It was pretty funny, I guess the DMV censors were asleep that day, or did not think the front plate would be seen in a mirror.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: terry_tr6, 4/19/2014 11:30:42 PM     (No. 9817438)

halfvast, any chance your buddy was a Animal House fan? that aside, this plate is the best reason for front plates that i can think of!

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