- The Washington Times - Friday, June 20, 2008


Suit filed over ‘I Believe’ plates

COLUMBIA | - A group that advocates separation of church and state filed a federal lawsuit Thursday to prevent South Carolina from becoming the first state to create “I Believe” license plates.

The group contends that South Carolina’s government is endorsing Christianity by allowing the plates, which would include a cross superimposed on a stained glass window.

District-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed the lawsuit on behalf of two Christian pastors, a humanist pastor and a rabbi in South Carolina, along with the Hindu American Foundation.

“I do believe these ‘I Believe’ plates will not see the light of day because the courts, I’m confident, will see through this,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, the group’s executive director.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for South Carolina, asks a judge to stop the state from making the plates and rule that the law allowing them violates the First Amendment.


Barge floats two-story home

HUNTS POINT | - Rolling the waterfront house onto a barge on Lake Washington took slightly more than 20 minutes. The home’s maritime trip to British Columbia is taking a bit longer.

In an effort to preserve a spectacular home at a bargain price, a Canadian family is moving the 3,360-square-foot, two-story house from this suburb east of Seattle to Vancouver Island.

The former owners bought the house and property for $9.4 million, according to property records, but they wanted only the 44,000-square-foot lot.

So they contacted Nickel Bros. House Moving, which then listed the home for $335,000 - including the cost of the move.

“This saves 200 tons of waste that would go into a landfill,” said Jeff McCord, sales representative for Nickel Bros.

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