TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – New Jersey has approved a request from a national atheist group’s president for a license plate with the word atheist after a brief flap.
The Motor Vehicle Commission said Thursday a clerk had wrongly told David Silverman of New Jersey-based American Atheists Inc. he couldn’t use the word on his plate.READ MORE: NYPD: 4 Shot In Front Of Brooklyn Grocery Store
Spokeswoman Elyse Coffey said the clerk had exceeded her authority.
Silverman says the clerk told him on Monday his proposed plate was offensive, which he called “outrageously discriminatory.”
Custom plates with language deemed offensive are prohibited. Coffey says it was determined there was “nothing offensive” about it.READ MORE: Join Us For Our Candidate Conversation With Gov. Phil Murphy Tonight At 7 p.m. On CBSN New York
Silverman’s plate will read “ATHE1ST” because the MVC said “atheist” spelled with an “i” was taken. It’s on an old license plate hanging in Silverman’s office.
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