BY SYDNEY GAYDA
A New Jersey woman filed a federal lawsuit against the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles on Thursday claiming they violated her First Amendment right to free speech and equal religious protection when they denied her religious-based vanity license plate request.
Shannon Morgan, a Maurice River Township local, requested a custom license plate printed with “8THEIST”- pretty obviously a shortened moniker for the word “atheist”. The content was flagged for “objectionable content”, which caused Morgan to file an appeal to challenge the objection, reports mediaite.com.
Morgan tested the website further after the first rejection by entering “BAPTIST”, which the website did not flag and immediately accepted.