New Jersey Nixes License Plate That Says ATHE1ST, Calling the Word ‘Offensive’ August 28, 2013

New Jersey Nixes License Plate That Says ATHE1ST, Calling the Word ‘Offensive’

If you ever come across a passenger car with New Jersey plates that spell ATHE1ST (with a number 1 instead of the letter I), chances are that the driver is David Silverman, the president of American Atheists. Give him a friendly wave. Silverman will have earned it, because he will have prevailed in his current feud with New Jersey’s Motor Vehicle Commission.

You see, the other day, the MVC’s powers-that-be decided to reject rather than rubber-stamp Silverman’s application, on the grounds that a license plate that says ATHE1ST is “offensive.”

In other words: According to New Jersey authorities, you can drive around with plates that say 4CHRIST or LUV YHWH or GO THOR or pretty much any letter combination that signals a belief in god(s), but stating that you live free from superstitions is offensive and intolerable, and no innocent motorists and pedestrians must be subjected to such a horror.

Writes autoblog.com:

It doesn’t sound like Silverman was looking for a fight, but the Garden State just gave him one. He’s already filed his first appeal.

We’ll keep you posted.

***Update***: Dave Silverman’s appeal letter can be read here. More information is on American Atheists’ website.



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