After a three-year battle, a Kentucky man has gotten approval to display a personalized license plate that reads, "IM GOD." Ben Hart, who says he's an atheist, first applied for the special plate in 2016. However, his request was rejected by the state's transportation department, which called the phrase a violation of its anti-discrimination policy.
Noting that license plates with phrases like "TRYGOD" and "NOGOD" had been approved, Hart took his fight to a higher power: a federal court. With help from the Kentucky branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, Hart challenged the decision and won. This week a U.S. District Court judge ruled vanity plates are a form of private speech protected by the First amendment. Do you agree with the federal court's ruling? Whether or not you share Hart's religious beliefs, should his request have been rejected because it will likely offend a bunch of people?