We recently reported on the DMV taking a license plate away from a trucker:
In this case, the DMV jumped all over the trucker:
“This personalized license plate should never have been issued; it is offensive and distasteful,” DPS said in a statement. “We are in the process of revoking and taking possession of the plates today.
This driver’s plate was anti-Islam so it was not politically correct. We now have a situation where the shoe is on the other foot. A license plate in Missouri says, “Jihad1”. The couple who got the license plate are claiming it’s for their son whose name is Jihad. They also claim that jihad doesn’t mean anything bad. You be the judge:
A personalized license plate that reads ‘JIHAD 1’ has been allowed in the state of Missouri.
A St Louis news station was contacted by a viewer who spotted the license plate and found it ‘insulting’ before sending an email with the subject line, ‘WHAT WAS THE DMV THINKING!!!!’
The viewer said he found the plate ‘a bit scary especailly (sic) with the latest shootings in San Bernardino’, referencing the terror attack that left 14 people dead in California last December, News 4 reported.
After examining the policies for granting or denying personalized license plates, a Department of Revenue representative told them they had no legal authority to deny the word.
However, a similar personalized license plate that read ‘J1HAD’ was rejected by the state in 2009.
The state did not provide an explanation for why that particular license was rejected while this one was allowed, according to News 4.
The ‘JIHAD 1’ license plate, which was seen on a car in St Louis county, belongs to a Muslim couple who have a 14-year-old son named Jihad, whose name inspired the license plate, News 4 reported.
The family also noted that Jihad, a traditional Muslim name, has a spiritual meaning for Muslims, contrary to violence and terrorism associations with the word.
‘Jihad is very common and it doesn’t mean Holy War,’ Faizan Syed, the executive director of the St Louis Chapter Council on American Islamic Relations told News 4.
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