South Carolina Taking Orders for Religious License Plates

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina has started taking orders for Christian-themed license plates that are the subject of a lawsuit by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The group sued state officials on behalf of two Christian pastors, a humanist pastor and a rabbi in South Carolina, along with the Hindu American Foundation.

The new plates depict a stained-glass window with a cross on the
left hand side and the words "I Believe" across the top.

The Department of Motor Vehicles says it will begin making the plates after it gets at least 400 prepaid applications or if a sponsoring organization makes a deposit of $4,000 by May 1.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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