Methodist Minister Challenges Oklahoma License Plate

Jun 16, 2013

An Oklahoma license plate
Credit State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — When Oklahoma looked to redesign its license plate five years ago, the iconic image of a young Apache warrior shooting an arrow skyward was a clear choice of a public that looked at more than 40 design proposals featuring Native American art, cowboy images and western and wildlife themes.

And the image was chosen the best license plate in the nation in 2009 by the American License Plate Collectors Association.

But a Methodist minister claims the plate is an affront to his Christian beliefs and a federal appeals court has ruled that his case can proceed.

The minister's attorney says his client isn't asking the state to get rid of the roughly 2.9 million license plates, only that his client be given another option for the plate displayed on his car.

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