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May 13, 2009

Well said!

The ILVTOFU plate was in the news early last month.

ACLU wittily defends ACLUSUX proposed license plate

Coming on the heels of the much-publicized rejection of an ILUVTOFU Colorado license plate (the plate was rejected for possible sexual overtones), State Senator Greg Brophy joked that he wanted a vanity license plate that reads ACLUSUX. Brophy made the remark after the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) requested records from the Colorado Department of Revenue of those people whose vanity plate requests had been rejected because they were deemed as being too offensive.

Lynn Bartels, political blogger for the Denver Post, reports that the ACLU responded to Brophy's comment with a letter from ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Cathryn Hazouri:

If you apply for that license and are refused, please contact the ACLU because we stand ready to represent you if you want to pursue your right to have that license plate. . . After all, censorship is censorship and the ACLU doesn't draw any distinction between speech with which we agree and speech we may not like. That would be content discrimination and would violate one of our major principles of protecting free speech.

Posted by joke du jour at May 13, 2009 06:03 PM

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