On July 2, 2013, I blogged about the Illinois law that allows the Secretary of State to reject vanity license plates containing a combination of letters or numbers that "creates a connotation that is offensive to good taste and decency." One example I posited was whether the Secretary could reject ATHEIST or NO GOD, or whether he could reject JESUS or NO JESUS.
On November 22, 2013, I provided an updated post in which I mentioned a New Jersey man whose request for "ATHE1ST" was rejected. The MVC (New Jersey's DMV) quickly reversed themselves and allowed the vanity license plate when the man appealed.
However, another New Jersey resident has had her requested license plate rejected. The requested plate was "8THEIST". No one from the MVC responded to the woman's attempts to contest the rejection.
On April 17, 2014, she filed a federal lawsuit against the director of the MVC of New Jersey.
The complaint states that although the MVC apparently concludes that "8THEIST" carries "connotations offensive to good taste and decency" (the same standard as the Illinois law), the MVC has permitted a vanity plate reading "BAPTIST".
I enjoy the rare occasion when one of my spontaneous ramblings on this blog actually proves pertinent in the real world.