04/18/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
New Jersey – A New Jersey woman who says her request for a license plate referencing atheism was denied has filed a lawsuit against the Motor Vehicle Commission. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Shannon Morgan, of Maurice Township filed the federal lawsuit Thursday claiming her First Amendment rights had been violated.
Morgan alleges that after she filled out an online application for the plate it was rejected due to being regarded as potentially offensive. She says the website accepted her subsequent application using “BAPTIST” as a test word.
Ayesha N. Khan, legal director of the Washington D.C.-based advocacy group representing Morgan, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, is quoted as accusing the commission of, “disfavoring atheist plates and not fixing the system. Whatever Internet glitch there might be cannot be the explanation this time.”
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