Being an Oklahoman is pretty cool. We have a very interesting history, crazy weather, and no matter how bad things get, at least we’re not Florida. Plus, we have a pretty rich Native American history, so much so that my out-of-state cousins think I live in a teepee. We’ve got a lot of symbols, statues and unfinished heritage centers that come from our Native American history and traditions.
Well, it looks like that Native American culture got us in a little trouble. Via NewsOK:
DENVER — An appeals court gave new life Tuesday to a lawsuit of a Bethany pastor who claims an American Indian image on Oklahoma’s standard license plates violates his religious rights as a Christian.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 that a judge in Oklahoma City erred by throwing out the lawsuit of Keith Cressman, pastor of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Bethany.
Cressman objects to the image of an American Indian shooting an arrow toward the sky to bring down rain.
He claims the image unconstitutionally contradicts his Christian beliefs by depicting Indian religious beliefs, and that he shouldn’t have to display the image.
The appellate judges stated Oklahoma law imposes sanctions for covering up the image, and the state charges more for specialty plates without it.
His lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City seeks a court order allowing him either to cover up the image on his plates or to get a personalized plate for the same cost as a standard license plate.
Well. So there’s that. I’m sure this dude is doing this solely to prove a point, though said point would have a bigger impact if he were to argue about, oh, I don’t know, maybe the Ten Commandments appearing in a public place. But whatever. The Christians are being oppressed by license plates, so it’s really important that we take this to the courts.
But surely there are other symbols and statues that offend? We are a state of many symbols. And in order to prevent any further hullabaloo regarding representations of things that could potentially infringe on freedoms, I went ahead and made a list of various statues from around the state that don’t jive with my beliefs, and thus shouldn’t be pictorially depicted on license plates.
Here they are:
The Pioneer Woman
If we’re going to put a pioneer woman on our license plates, I want it to be the blogger and not the statue. It’s 2013, and a lady in a bonnet is just irrelevant at this point.
The Devon Tower
I know I’m not the only one that thinks of this as just a big ol’ phallic symbol. Next to parking, the thing I struggle with in Downtown the most is not spontaneously starting a round of the penis game with some strangers every time I see this.
The Pop’s soda bottle
I like soda as much as anyone, but the fact is that we’re kind of fat and probably need to lay off the soda for a while. Therefore, unless Pop’s also has a giant water bottle, we probably can’t let them be the symbol that represents us.
The Infant Jesus of Prague
I only pray to the 30ish-year old Jesus that ran around with Mary Magdalene. I don’t trust a baby with my prayers, nor will I entrust my license plate to him.
The Catoosa Whale
If we’re going to be represented by a sea mammal that does not reside in our state, it’s going to be a manatee, and that’s final.
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