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South Carolina Ordered to Stop Making Religious License Plates

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina has been ordered to stop
making and marketing license plates that feature the image of a
cross and the words "I Believe."

A federal judge issued a temporary injunction during a court hearing Thursday after opponents said the plates violate separation of church and state.

Judge Cameron McGowan Currie said the case needs to be heard in
court. In the meantime, she said the Department of Motor Vehicles
cannot take any more orders for the plates.

Department spokeswoman Beth Parks says the agency stopped taking
orders more than a month ago, after it collected the 400 needed to
cover the cost of making the plates. She said they're in production, but haven't been shipped.

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


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