The “I See You, Haji” message is objectionable to Arab-Americans, the Department of Motor Vehicles states, according to an Associated Press report. The DMV revoked the license plate in 2011, saying it could be interpreted as ethically offensive, AP said.
Mr. Bujno fought the DMV — and won. Chesapeake Circuit Court Judge John Brown said in November 2012 the DMV couldn’t deny the license plate on the argument that it seemed to denigrate those of a certain nationality, the AP reports. He ordered the DMV to reinstate the plate.
So the DMV did. But now the DMV is pursuing revocation of the plate using a different reason. In a letter to Mr. Bujno, DMV officials now claim the plate encourages violence and is vulgar, the AP reports.
Haji simply refers to someone who’s made the pilgrimage to Mecca, Mr. Meyer added, according to AP.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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