MAURICE RIVER TOWNSHIP, N.J., April 18 (UPI) -- A New Jersey woman filed a lawsuit against the state Motor Vehicle Commission saying its rejection of her request for a vanity plate that reads "8THEIST" is a violation of her First Amendment rights.
Shannon Morgan said the her license plate of choice was rejected on the commission's website as offensive, even though a license plate reading "BAPTIST" was allowed.
“She believes that the commission’s decision to deny her a plate that reads '8THEIST' but to allow her one that reads 'BAPTIST' expresses a preference for theistic religious belief over non-theistic belief,” the lawsuit says.“There is nothing offensive about being atheist,” Morgan said. “I should be able to express my sincerely held beliefs with a license plate just like everyone else.”
“We review every request personally ... and we review them for anything that’s offensive of objectionable,” said Sandy Grossman, a spokesperson for the Motor Vehicle Commission.