Doug Thompson


Expressing lack of belief

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A readout from Virginia's Division of Motor Vehicles web site is one requests this plate.

A readout from Virginia’s Division of Motor Vehicles web site is one requests this plate.

A woman in New Jersey, who says she is an atheist, is suing that state’s department of motor vehicles because it turned down her request for a license plate that reads “8THEIST.”

New Jersey’s Motor Vehicle Commission said the plate “may carry connotations offensive to good taste and decency.”

Two hypocrisies at work here.  One, New Jersey did issue a personalized plate — “ATHE1ST” — to the president of an atheist group in the state and, two, the woman entered the word “BAPTIST” online and it was instantly approved.

And another point of view

And another point of view

What about Virginia?  I went online with DMV and checked two plates: “ATHEIST” and “8THEIST.” Both are available and can be registered.

On this Easter weekend, it’s good to know that neither plate has been requested here in the Old Dominion.

But, as a Christian who also believes in tolerance and acceptance of those with differing (or no) beliefs, it is also good to know that the state allows the freedom for one to express themselves as a non-believer.

Hope everyone has a safe and fulfilling Easter.