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Friday, May 6, 2005

More holy numbers in the news.

Check this out: Vermont courts have ruled that a vanity license plate cannot say "JOHN316" because some people might think the state-issued plates were offering a state-sponsored opinion about how much God so loved the world. Hmm: Would "ECCL12" be acceptable?

("License Plate Request Heads to Federal Court," Alan J. Keayes [Rutland Herald], Barre-Montpelier Times Argus 5.4.05)

Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 6 May 2005 at 10:45 PM

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7 comments:

sA:

May 6, 2005 10:55 PM | Permalink for this comment

...meanwhile, back at camp reality, scores of children are going to bed hungry...

Steve Caldwell:

May 7, 2005 01:17 AM | Permalink for this comment

Do you think they would approve a license plate that mentioned Ezekiel 23:1-40?

roger:

May 7, 2005 06:55 AM | Permalink for this comment

well, where would *you draw the line? allow them to err on the side of caution.
they did pull DYE 911 from the regular plates...

Philocrites:

May 7, 2005 09:46 AM | Permalink for this comment

I can understand the basic idea that the state doesn't want to produce a hateful or violent phrase on a license plate. That's an all-purpose category, not a specifically anti-religious category. But I have to admit it took me by surprise that anything that seemed overtly religious would be rejected.

7PRNCPL is out, I guess. Has anyone seen a UU-themed vanity license plate?

Peacebang:

May 7, 2005 12:30 PM | Permalink for this comment

Well, um, my vanity plate says "WALDEN." I was totally dumbfounded that it was available in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

It meets so many needs: former Englisht teacher, UU minister, Transcendentalist, lover of Concord...

And no, the irony of putting that name on a gasoline-powered automobile has not escaped me.

roger:

May 7, 2005 02:17 PM | Permalink for this comment

7PRNCPL...
well, you could always say you're a school administrator...

seriously, there would likely be some religious citations that could incite a lot of frustration and anger. take all or take none. I wouldn't want to choose...

Chalicechick:

May 7, 2005 06:18 PM | Permalink for this comment

Best Evah!

ECL 12 is available in VA.

My next car will totally have that, I swear


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