- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A military veteran who wanted to sport a license plate that played on the word “infidel” but was turned down by worried Michigan officials has been cleared for all the politically incorrect driving he wants to do.

Michigan authorities asked a federal judge on Monday to dismiss a lawsuit that was brought against the veteran, Michael Matwyuk, by the American Civil Liberties Union over his fight for the license plate. In the meantime, the plate has been issued, The Associated Press reported.

Mr. Matwyuk’s attorney, Dan Korobkin, said he thinks the plate was only issued because of the negative feedback the state received when the case wound through the courts and the media and into the public’s consciousness. Part of his logic: Mr. Maywyuk has several letters of rejection from state officials he petitioned for the right to hang the plate, AP reported.

The Iraq veteran said his entire unit was repeatedly subjected to the “infidel” label — meaning non-Muslim believer — by enemies while serving overseas.

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