Ironically, Texas — the state where right-wing edicts are law — is caught up in Supreme Court case where the Lone Star State denied a request from the Sons of Confederate Veterans for a vanity license plate with the stars and bars Confederate flag on it.
Either other states offer such plates. Texas does not, saying the flag is “a racially charged symbol of repression.”
This brings a diverse group, including the American Civil Liberties Union, anti-abortion groups, Americans United for Church and State, Nat Hentoff and P.J. O’Rourke.
They say the right to display the stars and bars is protected by free speech.
“In a free society, offensive speech should not just be tolerated, its regular presencde should be celebrated as a symbol of democratic health,” says a legal brief filed by opponents of the Texas ruling.
The Lone Star State claims that a license plate issued by a government entity is different from a bumper sticker or a sign waved at a protest and does not think free speech applies.
Texas offers more than 350 “vanity” plate designs currently used on 877,00 vehicles in Texas and generates $17.6 million in revenue to the state.
A decision by the court is expected by late June.