In South Carolina — that Biblically-minded southern state — a program to allow people to buy special license plates that say “I Believe” has been interrupted by a court case filed by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. This has, quite literally, enraged some South Carolinians. Here’s word of it from WaPo’s Under God blog:

At a church meeting that included South Carolina’s lieutenant governor and attorney general, Rev. Arnold Hiette had stern words of warning for those involved in a lawsuit seeking to stop production of a state license plate with a Christian message.

“Red-faced and angry, shaking his fist alongside his Bible,” reported the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, “Hiette told the congregation that the four complainants — especially the Unitarian — and one judge who took away the people’s right to witness via their vehicle tags ‘along with the ACLU, they’re going to burn in hell.’”

The blogger, David Waters, added a deliciously pithy comment:

And we’ll know they are Christians by their love and their license plates.

The funny thing is that South Carolinians can certainly “witness” via their vehicles — using those same old “witnessing” devices people used, back before they could get “I Believe” license plates — that is, using stickers, emblems, etc. The judge that stopped this license-plate program didn’t take that right away.

Honest.

It’s odd that the good Reverend Hiette had to toss the ACLU into his threat of eternal damnation, since they aren’t involved in this case … I guess he couldn’t resist the temptation of blaming the ACLU for it anyway, as the late Reverend Jerry Falwell once blamed them for the September 11, 2001 terror attacks (alongside an approving Reverend Marion “Pat” Robertson); go ahead and listen to them if you dare!

This is just another example of hyperreligious childishness. No one is preventing anyone from “witnessing” to how Christian people are. Grow the hell up, Reverend Hiette. So should South Carolina’s lieutenant governor and attorney general, both of whom know better than to use their authority as leaders of a U.S. state to promote Christianity.

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