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      New Jersey woman sues over '8THEIST' license plate

      The Maurice River Township woman says plates reading "BAPTIST" have been approved.

      NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit, claiming the state's Motor Vehicle Commission rejected her application for a license plate proclaiming she's an atheist.

      Shannon Morgan filed the suit Thursday in federal court, saying the agency violated her First Amendment rights by rejecting a plate reading "8THEIST."

      The Maurice River Township woman says plates reading "BAPTIST" have been approved.

      Messages and emails left for the Motor Vehicles Commission were not immediately returned. A recorded message said the offices were closed in observance of Good Friday.

      New Jersey previously approved a request from a national atheist group's president for a license plate with the word "atheist" after a brief flap. His plate had the number one in place of the letter "i."

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