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mccorquodale
Aug 3 2008
PANEL DISCUSSION OF THE "I BELIEVE" LICENSE PLATE

PANEL DISCUSSION OF THE "I BELIEVE" LICENSE PLATE Sunday, August 10, 7:00 PM

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 2701 Heyward Street (Corner of Heyward and Woodrow Streets in Shandon) Columbia, SC

I-26 to I-77 at Columbia From I-77, exit at Bluff Road and take a left at the stoplight On Bluff Road, go past the USC stadium and state fairgrounds.

Take a right on Rosewood Drive At the 5th stoplight (I think), take a left on Woodrow Street (First Citizens & Rite Aid are at his intersection) The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is two blocks on your right, at the corner of Woodrow and Heyward Streets

Additional Information about the event: Two of the plaintiffs are members of the Columbia AU chapter: the Rev. Dr. Tom Summers Rev. Neal Jones. Another plaintiff is the Rev. Dr. Monty Knight, pastor of the First Christian Church of Charleston. Both of these men will participate in a panel discussion of our notorious license plate, along with two men who believe in the plate's constitutionality: the Rev. Michael Frisina, pastor of Calvary Chapel here in Columbia, and one of his parishioners, Carl Sohm. You may remember that the Rev. Frisina wrote an op-ed in support of the plate opposite mine in The State on July 4th. Both men have served in the military and are well versed in American history. In addition to hearing exchanges among our panelists, we will also allow time for questions from the audience.

reasonwithme
Aug 10 2008
Re: PANEL DISCUSSION OF THE "I BELIEVE" LICENSE PLATE

Refresh my memory again......are they pushing this plate as a custom plate such as ours where you pay extra money or are they pushing this as the state endorsed or default plate? Thanks.

mccorquodale
Aug 10 2008
Re: PANEL DISCUSSION OF THE "I BELIEVE" LICENSE PLATE

That's a good question, and I may be confused about it myself.

It seemed to me that it was somewhere in between. It would not be the default plate -- like the new one with the palm tree silhouette that everyone is getting this year. You would have to ask for it especially. On the other hand, it also is not like our "In Reason We Trust" plate since it was being proposed by the legislature itself. So, I don't think there is a sponsoring organization and I don't think people would have to pay a fee (as we did).

If it really was just a specialty plate like ours -- and like the ones for sports teams or sororities or whatever -- then I don't see how it is a problem. But, as it does seem to be a plate which is endorsed by the government to a different degree than ours, I can see why people who want to protect the freedom of religion achieved by church/state separation would get antsy about it.

Is that right as far as anyone knows?

I won't be at the panel discussion tonight. Maybe somebody who does go can write in to correct any mistakes I've made in my description.

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