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FRANKFORT, Ky. — A federal judge nominated to the bench by then-President George W. Bush has ruled in favor of a professing atheist who sued the Kentucky Department of Motor Vehicles for rejecting his application for a specialty license plate that reads “I’m God.” “[T]he law as applied to Mr. Hart is neither reasonable nor viewpoint neutral. To allow such plates as ‘ IM4 GOD’ and ‘LUVGOD’ but reject “IM GOD” belies viewpoint neutrality. Regardless, the court concludes that in this case, [the law] is an unreasonable and therefore impermissible restriction on Mr. Hart’s First Amendment rights,” wrote Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove. As previously reported , Ben Hart had the license plate on his vehicle for 12 years when he lived in Ohio, but when Hart moved to Kentucky, his application was denied by the Transportation Cabinet of the […]

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