11 June 2005

Let him have his license plate


Yet more idiocy in the name of "political correctness" — the Department of Motor Vehicles in Vermont doesn't want to let a guy put "JN36TN" on his license plates because it "contains a religious viewpoint". (The "JN36" refers to "John 3:16" — "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." )

As I've written before, I am a strong believer in the separation of church and state. If the state were proposing to put "John 3:16" (or "All Hail Chthulhu") on everyone's license plates, I'd object strongly. But in this case, it's his car, and his license plate, and I think he should be able to put anything he wants to on it.

And if it offends someone, so what? "Not ever being offended" isn't a right, which is something everyone needs to remember. In fact, having one's beliefs challenged is a good way to sharpen one's thinking.

(I ran across this on iBurlington.com.)