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Other Decisions Decision C/A NO. 3:08-2265-CMC (10/11/2009)

Authority: District Court for the District of South Carolina (USA)

Date: 11/10/2009

Subject: The District Court for the District of South Carolina has stated the unconstitutionality of the “I Believe” Act, which requested the transportation department to produce number plates containing the words I Believe surmounted by a crucifix. According to the Court, the law was in contrast with the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the U.S.A. which, on the basis of the interpretation given by precedents of the Supreme Court, prevents Congress (and each State, according to 14° Amendment) from issuing laws which can promote and favour one specific religion with respect to others.

Parties: Rev. Dr. Thomas A. Summers, Rev. Dr. Robert M. Knight, Rabbi Sanford T. Marcus, Rev. Dr. Neal Jones, Hindu American Foundation, and American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee e Marcia S. Adams, in her individual capacity and in her official capacity as the Director of the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles; and Jon Ozmint, in his official capacity as the Director of the Department of Corrections of South Carolina

Original language: English

Classification: Freedoms - Art. 10 Freedom of religion

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