Religious Car Sticker

This one hits close to home since Burbank, IL isn’t too far from where I live. After six months of deliberation, Nichole Schultz, a college student and atheist, no longer has to display her city vehicle sticker. The sticker displays a soldier kneeling at a cross. Which, according to the city, is not a symbol of Christianity. (Of course, if the cross was upside down, I’m sure Christians would rightfully be upset.)

Burbank Mayor Harry Klein responded to all this by saying, “”It’s not like there’s anyone hanging on it.”

So she doesn’t want to display it. She’ll still pay the vehicle tax. She doesn’t even want the city to rescind the stickers for everybody, but rather just wants an exception to be made for her. Whats the problem here? Good for Nichole.

On a side note, she was helped in her lawsuit by Rob Sherman, a prominent Illinois atheist who always seems to be around when a church-state issue is afoot in the state. The letter he sent to the city of Burbank is here. He never received a response.

Is this too petty of a case to have gone to court or do you think its legitimate?

[tags]Nichole Schultz, Burbank, city vehicle sticker, Rob Sherman, Christianity, cross, atheist, atheism, Harry Klein[/tags]

  • txatheist

    It’s a slam dunk case to me, she should have an alternative but what really bothers me is the idea the cross honors veterans. If memory serves me correct, Jesus wasn’t out there standing watch, washing helicopters, greasing rotor blade fittings and running for our annual physical test, it was me and me alone doing it :)

  • QrazyQat

    The symbol is probably one of those examples of being meanspirited simply due to blindness — the people involved probably never in their wildest dreams thought of any soldier as anything but a Christian. It’s insulting to a great many soldiers, among others. They should give a moment’s thought when they come up with an idea like using this symbol; is it too much to ask that when they’re thinking of some symbolic support for veterans that they actually give it more than a moment’s thought?