A U.S. District Judge in North Carolina recently stymied the state’s pro-life residents interested in purchasing a special license plate sharing the simple message: “Choose Life.”

Calling the design unconstitutional, the judge explained that North Carolina “offering … a ‘Choose Life’ license plate in the absence of a pro-choice plate constitutes viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment.”

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The same judge previously filed a preliminary injunction – which has now been made permanent – to stop production of the plates.

Unsurprisingly, the case resulted from a lawsuit by the ACLU in 2011 seeking the inclusion of a pro-abortion alternative to the plate.

An ACLU spokesperson called the ruling “a great victory for the free speech rights of all North Carolinians, regardless of their point of view on reproductive freedom.”

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As a former resident of the Tar Heel State, I beg to differ. Free speech does not exist only when all possible voices are heard.

North Carolina also offers an “Animal Lovers” license plate. Judging by the logic of the lunatic left, the state should be in violation of the Constitution for not similarly producing a plate for drivers who despise animals – regardless of whether a market for such a product exists.

Though the plates were set for production after being requested by at least 300 individuals, the judge’s temporary injunction halted that process. Now that the injunction is permanent, reports indicate that state’s attorneys are considering an appeal of the decision.

In my opinion, our nation has descended into a moral bankruptcy from which I doubt we will ever emerge – at least in my lifetime.

To be sure, this case is just one of countless indicators that traditional American values are largely dismissed by our current leaders. The judge’s decision warrants some attention, though, because it highlights the left’s moral relativism in dealing with abortion and other social issues.

One cannot advocate for the protection of life without enduring the diametrically opposite view of those preoccupied with ending life. Not only is this the social norm in today’s America; a district judge in North Carolina has ruled it is the law.


B. Christopher Agee founded The Informed Conservative in 2011. Like his Facebook page for engaging, relevant conservative content daily.


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