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In November a Kentucky man succeeded in a three-year legal quest to get personalized "IM GOD" license plates on his car. Atheist Ben Harts application had been denied by the state transportation agency, which said the plate fell under the category of "obscene or vulgar." (Inconsistently, the agency had previously approved a "NOGOD" plate.) However, a US District Court ruled that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet violated Hart's First Amendment rights in the case. (He was represented by the ACLU of Kentucky and the Freedom From Religion Foundation.)

One could jokingly admit confusion here: Hart doesn't believe in God but says he is God--is it a case of megalomania or low self-esteem? Probably neither. Rather, Hart sounds like a passionate defender of free speech with a pretty good sense of humor. After all, when Hart lived in Ohio he had the same message on his plate and paid the extra $10 to have the motto "One Nation Under God" appear below it.

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Title Annotation:GIVEN the EVIDENCE
Publication:The Humanist
Date:Jan 1, 2020
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