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Fairness Doctrine… for License Plates?!
scottfactor.com ^ | 12/13/12 | Ginam Miller

Posted on 12/13/2012 5:06:41 AM PST by scottfactor

The God-hating minions of the Left are working overtime to kill our freedom of speech and expression, when it concerns speech and expression they don’t like. So, the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina sued representatives of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the Department of Motor Vehicles and the State Highway Patrol to block the state from issuing “Choose Life” license plates.

Last Friday, an 84-year-old President Reagan appointee, North Carolina Federal Judge James C. Fox, issued a ruling declaring the state’s “Choose Life” license plates to be an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment, giving the ACLU its desired victory against the message, “Please don’t choose to kill your pre-born baby.”

As I read Judge Fox’s 20-page decision, I kept thinking that you really can over-think these things. Granted, I have not immersed myself in the oceans of case law—good and bad—that make up what judges choose to bring to bear on their considerations. The elderly Judge Fox cited a number of previous cases, most of them from recent years, in deciding what constitutes government or state speech and what is deemed private speech. That is apparently what this decision boiled down to: whether or not the “Choose Life” plates were private or government speech (the “Court” concluded it was a mix of the two).

Why does this matter? I don’t know that it truly does matter, outside the realm of the radicals who have labored for decades to create the legal illusion that our state and federal governments must never be allowed to present ideas or speech that affirm Christian truth, that acknowledge God’s place in the founding of our nation, and that even appear to support the right, moral traditions that once made this nation the greatest on Earth. This was never meant to be, when those men who fought to establish our nation were crafting its founding documents.

Nevertheless, we now labor against forces of godlessness that are deeply committed to extinguishing any mention of God’s truth in our nation’s public square—God’s truth in this case is that life is a precious gift from Him, not a “choice” to be murdered in the womb at the whim of the “mother.” These forces, like the ACLU, have an arsenal of case law that they use to twist the most basic and normal expressions into something “lawless,” while at the same time twisting the most perverse and ungodly expressions into “protected free speech.”

Judge Fox’s ruling effectively applies a “Fairness Doctrine” to the issuing of “Choose Life” license plates in North Carolina by declaring the state may not issue the “Choose Life” plates without also offering plates bearing the opposing, deadly viewpoint. In North Carolina, the General Assembly must authorize all specialty plates (with the exception of certain civic organizations and college insignias), and they did authorize the “Choose Life” tags, while they rejected lawmakers’ submissions to approve license plates bearing a pro-abortion message. This, according to Judge Fox, is “viewpoint discrimination.” To that I say, “SO?!” Where in our Constitution is it written that “viewpoint discrimination” by a state or federal government is prohibited?

This is not a violation of the First Amendment, but what has happened today is that judges now have that ocean of former case law which has effectively altered the simple meaning of constitutional passages like the First Amendment, perverting their original meaning under a mountain of legalese precedent. Bring enough lawsuits, and let enough leftist judges make bad rulings, and you eventually do not need a constitutional convention to obliterate the Constitution.

I noticed Judge Fox used the term “common sense” a few times in his ruling. I suppose there is a fine line between common sense and rationalization. But, what do I know? Well, I do know that Judge Fox, in siding with the ACLU, has put another nail in the coffin of freedom—the freedom of Americans to speak and express themselves in the matters they deem important, which in this case concerns an anti-abortion message. Even ifNorth Carolina caved and allowed pro-abortion license plate messages, these leftists would still not be happy. As long as any life-affirming message is allowed to stand, they will continue to fight to silence it.

This is ultimately about the “Choose Life” message and putting a dent in funding for the pro-life centers that benefit from people paying extra to get the “Choose Life” license plates. The message is one that those of the godless Left despise, because they despise the God of all creation. They despise God, because they are not of Him, and that leaves only the devil’s persuasion, by default. Those who are not of God are of the devil, and they are motivated by the very things that motivate Satan. That’s why the devil-inspired, godless world hates Christianity, Christians andIsrael, because these belong to God, and Satan is consumed with hatred of God and God’s people.

I don’t really care who may think this is simplistic, because it is simple, unlike Judge Fox’s convoluted opinion. The truth is simple. And only in the delusional world of an evil mind is a message of truth considered offensive. Only in the warped brain of ACLU godlessness is it a valiant mission to silence voices that defend the lives of unborn human beings.

So, nowNorth Carolina has a ridiculous “Fairness Doctrine” for license plates—but only the ones with a pro-life message, of course. Way to go, Judge Fox. I certainly hope North Carolina appeals this bad ruling.


TOPICS: Politics; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: abortion; aetheist; god

1 posted on 12/13/2012 5:06:44 AM PST by scottfactor
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To: scottfactor

Choose Life is so innocent...it truly is evidence of the decline and fall of our civilization that a judge would rule that a violation of rights. Indeed, it is exactly in line with our constitution. This is not our nation folks, America died. We have the choice to live out our lives as comfortably as we can or to try to resurrect freedom and morality. But, nothing is going to change other than the continuing decline if we do nothing.


2 posted on 12/13/2012 5:10:37 AM PST by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: scottfactor
Honestly, if the proposed license plates said "Oppose Abortion", I might see a case for demanding that other license plates be allowed to say "Support Abortion". I guess that would be fair.

But if a license plate says "Choose Life", then the people who don't like it must certainly be seeking the right to have license plates which say "Choose Death" -- right? I wouldn't stand in their way, and they shouldn't stand in mine.

3 posted on 12/13/2012 5:12:29 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Republicans have made themselves useless, toothless, and clueless.)
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To: scottfactor

Plate rims can be customized and purchased. Folks could get customized rims, as long as they didn’t obstruct the plate number, county, expiration tag, etc. Let the judge try to take that away.


4 posted on 12/13/2012 5:17:08 AM PST by MachIV
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To: ClearCase_guy

How about [here in CA] the “Save the Whales” license plates. Do we now need “Kill the Whales” license plates?


5 posted on 12/13/2012 5:20:49 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: scottfactor
The judge is narrow minded, imho. Now some poor slob who is mulling over suicide, won't see that little bit of encouragement to keep going...

The judge would rather people chose death.

6 posted on 12/13/2012 5:22:28 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: scottfactor

The first thing NC should do is start issuing “Choose Death” license plates with a Picture and Name of this lunatic Judge on it. Make him the Poster Boy for the Eugenics crowd.


7 posted on 12/13/2012 5:22:30 AM PST by eyeamok
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To: scottfactor

Ya gotta love the “liberal” left. They provide us with never ending examples of their hypocrisy and fascist controlling behaviors. They demand we respect their opinions on abortion and that we not impose our morals and morality on them. But the moment someone express an idea, ideal, or opinion at odds with theirs... They will attack them personally, professionally, publicly, sue them, coerce legislators into ill considered laws... So much for tolerance and celebrating diversity...


8 posted on 12/13/2012 5:24:14 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: BunnySlippers

"sounds good to me"

9 posted on 12/13/2012 5:25:16 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: scottfactor

10 posted on 12/13/2012 5:32:13 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Wpin

In using the phrase “choose life” this license plate first acknowledges that there is a choice to be made, so it basically gives in to the pro-abort side of that argument. However, it then says “if you’re going to make a choice, choose life.” That is NOT an anti-choice message - it is, in fact, a very pro-choice message. If it said “It’s a baby, not a choice,” then that would be anti-choice. This license plate is neutral, at worst.


11 posted on 12/13/2012 6:00:14 AM PST by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: RightFighter

Here’s the thing. Is anyone standing up and saying anything about it? Are there going to be protests in NC by 100,000 pro-life people? Are we going to hold up signs of murdered babies and call the left baby killers? Are we going to hold up pictures of Obama with the words, “Supports killing babies”? Are we going to bombard every radio/tv station and write thousands of letters to the editor?

This will only go away when we choose to do these things.


12 posted on 12/13/2012 6:04:49 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (You cant bring something to its knees that refuses to stand on its own)
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To: ClearCase_guy

“Choose death” or “choose infanticide” might work. Or maybe something like “It’s like a wart”. “Leave my body alone”.
Maybe, “Sandra Fluke wouldn’t have gotten preggers it you’d bought her a condom”. I mean if “Choose Life” can PO these people that much that it incites them to violence....... Why not plates that declare “I Choose .40 S&W”?

Share the lead.


13 posted on 12/13/2012 6:24:59 AM PST by rktman
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To: scottfactor

So start making “Choose Life” license plate FRAMES. The message will be just as clear and there’s no state involvement so no opening for the baby-killers to censor it.
Plus you could probably make a lot of money, a portion of which you could then donate toward eradicating the ACLU.


14 posted on 12/13/2012 6:38:29 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: IronJack

Except that plate frames are illegal in North Carolina.


15 posted on 12/13/2012 6:45:47 AM PST by LexRex in TN ("A republic, if you can keep it.......")
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To: BunnySlippers

“Do we now need “Kill the Whales” license plates?”

In the late ‘70s there was a “Nuke the Whales” sticker, which became “Nuke the Gay Whales” and in 1979, “Nuke the Gay Iranian Whales”.

I favor “Nuke Makkah Now” for a plate rim.


16 posted on 12/13/2012 7:16:59 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: scottfactor

They will prolly be coming after us in Georgia soon as we just introduced the option of “In God we trust” on our license plates.


17 posted on 12/13/2012 7:18:28 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: scottfactor

This is a State issue, not a Federal one, so the Federal judge has no jurisdiction.

Congress did not make the message on the license plate legal, the North Carolina legislature did.

Unless this plate conflicts with the NC Constitution, the Governor of NC should tell the judge to get lost.


18 posted on 12/13/2012 7:29:40 AM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: scottfactor

“Viewpoint discrimination”. That has to be one of the most stupid things I have ever heard. These judges are idiots.


19 posted on 12/13/2012 7:42:23 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: scottfactor

Other states have these plates.

Why not go for “Choose Adoption” plate?

The judge is wrong on this. ANYONE can petition their representative for a custom plate.


20 posted on 12/13/2012 7:49:42 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: RightFighter

I do not get why this would be illegal even if it was not nuetral...”choose life” fits right in with our American ideology of right to life. That is why I say this is evidence of the demise of our civilization. And, the death of America.


21 posted on 12/13/2012 9:40:06 AM PST by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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