A New Jersey woman claims she was denied a custom license plate proclaiming her an atheist is suing the state to have it made.
Shannon Morgan, of Maurice Township, said in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that the Motor Vehicle Commission violated her First Amendment rights when its website rejected the plate reading ‘8THEIST’ because it was deemed potentially offensive.
Morgan claims she then then filled out the online application using the phrase ‘BAPTIST’ as a test and the government-run website accepted it.
The woman sent the agency a letter of complaint by registered mail and made several attempts to contact them by phone, all of which went unanswered, she claims in the suit.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State is representing Morgan in the lawsuit.
The Washignton, D.C.-based group’s website says it is “dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.”
Messages and emails left for the Motor Vehicle Commission on Friday were not returned.
A recorded message said the offices were closed in observance of Good Friday…
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Looks like she’s got a case.