Halifax woman denied religious vanity plate

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Halifax woman denied religious vanity plate

Service Nova Scotia denies request for plate that reads 'IXOYE'

CBC News

Posted: Oct 19, 2012 7:09 AM AT

Last Updated: Oct 19, 2012 10:55 AM AT

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Rhonda Lynne Cormier-Clarke is questioning why the province bans personalized licence plates. (CBC)

A Nova Scotia woman says she's shocked she was turned down her request for a personalized licence plate because of its religious message.
Rhonda Lynne Cormier-Clarke wanted to use the acronym 'IXOYE', which means, in Greek, Jesus Christ Son of God and Saviour. She was surprised by the reaction she received from a woman at the Service Nova Scotia counter.

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"She said 'oh you won't be able to have that, I can guarantee it's banned,'" said Cormier-Clarke. "And she said, yes red flagged, anything that has a religious connotation is banned."
Cormier-Clarke said her choice of plate wasn't meant to be disrespectful.

"I'm just sharing my heart, my beliefs. I actually thought, you know, IXOYE, it's quiet, but it's my truth. It's not putting it right out there."

The incident has left her questioning why the government would ban something that she says doesn't mean any harm.

"Is there religious freedom? That's the question," said Cormier-Clarke. "It's like they're putting their focus on the wrong area. It's a licence plate. I'm not saying anything mean."

Separation of church and state

The Minister responsible for Service Nova Scotia – the department that issues licence plates – doesn't know what Ixoye means.
"The personalized licence plates, I think to my knowledge, are anything except politics and religion," said John MacDonell.

Service Nova Scotia Minister John MacDonell says politicial and religious plates are banned. (CBC)

"A long time ago, people determined that church and state should be separated. I think this is kind of a further commitment to that. I'm not sure it's entirely appropriate at all for the government to be involved in the message."

He says plates with the words Amen, Allah or even OMG might offend people. IXOYE falls into the same category.

"There's somebody out there who is going to recognize that and somebody else who might recognize it," said MacDonell. "Someone might think it's great and some will not. So for our citizenry who pay taxes, they may have a problem with that."

MacDonell said he's not sure if a list of red flagged licence plates even exists. Cormier-Clarke said the government needs to be clear about the rules and post that information online.

In the meantime, MacDonell offered a solution. He pointed out there's no rule that bans anyone from putting religious phrases on novelty plates on the front of their car.

Nova Scotia isn't the only province to restrict licence plates based on religion. Employees in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick and P.E.I. told CBC News they also have rules for personalized plates.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2012/10/19/ns-vanity-plate.html

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Why should any government care if your license plate says something religious? I assume that someone with vanity plates in Canada has to pay for them the same way we do here, so why even make the stupid argument that, "There's somebody out there who is going to recognize that and somebody else who might recognize it," said MacDonell. "Someone might think it's great and some will not. So for our citizenry who pay taxes, they may have a problem with that." What about the "citizenry who pay taxes" who have a problem with not being allowed to have that plate? And anyone who thinks a vanity plate that says "OMG" is religious and offensive needs to be beaten with a shovel. So does anyone who requests a plate that says, "OMG," for that matter.
 

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If I can't have a plate that says "UCUNT," then she can't have one that says Jeebus.
 

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1) If she pays a fee just like everyone else, I don't see a problem with it.

2) She's a douche. Nothing brings you closer to God that putting his son's name on your vanity plate, eh?

Rhonda Lynne Cormier-Clarke wanted to use the acronym 'IXOYE', which means, in Greek, Jesus Christ Son of God and Saviour
Kind of a misrepresentation of who would be driving the vehicle...
 
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The only thing of value that I learned from this article is that the Greeks are really bad spellers. Ixoye? That's not even close to being right. What a bunch of dummies.
 

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yet this guy was able to get his vanity plate, lol....I took this pic about 3 week ago.

 
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Dumb broad... if it wasn't banned it would have been already taken anyway. Get a fucking bumper sticker, bitch.
 

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Canada has different standards for that kind of stuff. If they want to be assholes, let em.