AJC considers suit over cross plates

The American Jewish Congress is considering a lawsuit against South Carolina for creating a license plate with a cross and the phrase “I Believe.”

Under a law passed unanimously May 22 and which took effect Thursday, the state Motor Vehicles Department is ordered to create a plate with a Christian cross pictured over a stained glass window, the New York Times reported.

According to the Times, South Carolina is the first state in the country to offer such a plate.

Last month, the AJCongress asked South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford to veto the bill, arguing “it is long since settled that the government may not lend its support to one religion by permanently displaying on its own behalf the religious symbols of one faith.”

Sanford neither signed nor vetoed the bill, which nevertheless became law under the state constitution.

 

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