Why is atheism still controversial?
According to Nj.com, this week U.S. District Court Freda Wolfson judge struck down an attempt by the state of New Jersey to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Shannon Morgan, a resident of Leesburg. Morgan, who identifies as atheist, claims she visited the state Motor Vehicle Commission’s (MVC) website in November 2013 and entered “8THEIST” as her preferred title for a vanity plate. Her submission was rebuffed, however, with the website telling her that the “requested plate is considered objectionable.”
Is there something inherently offensive in not believing in God? Stop taking your religion to work.
When Morgan tried “BAPTIST” as another option, she was reportedly allowed to proceed through the registration process.
Officials, in turn, insisted her case was invalid because the rejection was the result of a “computer error,” not intentional discrimination, noting they eventually allowed her to have the license plate anyway.
Morgan’s case comes on the heels of a similar incident that occurred in 2013, when American Atheists president and New Jersey resident David Silverman was rejected by the same commission when he attempted to procure a license plate reading “ATHE1ST.” Silverman’s request was also refused because his submission was deemed “objectionable,” although officials reversed their decision once news of the event became public. Commission staff blamed the dismissal on a “clerical error,” but Silverman said an MVC employee told him it was because his plate could be considered “offensive”.
Motherfucker. Funny how there’s a lot of mistakes when atheists come to the DMV/MVC. I’m glad to report that Ms. Morgan is free and clear to sue the state. That ought to slow these fucking Christians down when they can’t do their fucking job because of their beliefs.