Two Ohio license plates that have sparked a public-relations fight between religious conservatives and religious minorities have now been approved for use in weight-lifting contests.
The plates, issued by the Ohio Department of Transportation, have been approved by the state’s religious liberty commission and the American Civil Liberties Union.
The state Department of Revenue approved the plates in November, and the Ohio Association of Manufacturers last month endorsed them as a way to promote the use of religious symbols and insignia in weightlifting events.
The license plates, made by American Flag, have an “OH” on the plate and a star in the middle.
A Christian group is challenging the plates, saying the design “ignores the Christian faith” and promotes “sexist stereotypes of women.”
The plates are available to the public for $30 each, but they will not be sold for personal use, the Associated Press reported.
The ACLU has challenged the plates on similar grounds, saying they “undermine the equality and dignity of all Americans” by portraying a woman as a woman and that the plates are discriminatory because they suggest the religious faith of a Christian.
The AP story does not identify the group that has challenged them.
The plate designs are a way for religious conservatives to express their own political beliefs without directly challenging the government or the government’s actions, said John Wojcik, executive director of the Ohio Religious Freedom Coalition.
“The Ohio license plate has become a tool to create division in our communities,” Wojcyk said.
This isn’t about those symbols. “
There are certain symbols that are offensive to certain people.
This isn’t about those symbols.
This is about what we as Americans believe.”
The plate design by American Flags is similar to one worn by the “Dixie Girl” during the Civil Rights movement, which prompted the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate that design in 1971.
The “Duck Dynasty” actress is seen here holding the plate in a 2011 episode of the HBO show.
The American flag has also been a symbol of hate and division for religious extremists, including the Ku Klux Klan, who carried it during the Kuomintang period.
The Kuominyan government was formed by a group of white nationalist leaders in the 1950s and 1960s, and it eventually split into two competing governments, the Republic of China and the People’s Republic of Chinese Nationalist Party.
The Confederate flag is one of the symbols worn by many extremists, particularly by white nationalists and the Kuoominaks.
The flag has come under criticism from many groups, including civil rights leaders, because it has been used to target African Americans and Latinos.
But religious conservatives have said the Confederate flag promotes a false image of black people.
The United States and many other countries allow Muslims and Christians to wear the flag in their official flag.
The religious conservatives are arguing that the Christian symbols on the plates promote an image of Christians as violent, immoral and sinful, Wojczak said.
He added that the religious freedom commission should not approve the plates because they don’t follow the U, I and O license plates.
The Ohio Department for Revenue also rejected an amendment by the Christian Coalition to remove the star from the plate design.
The commission is expected to approve the license plates at a later date, Wajczak added.
The U.N. Human Rights Committee has called for the elimination of the Ugly Flag and other images of the Confederate Flag.
In November, a panel of experts from various organizations recommended that the Ugliest Flag be removed from state license plates and that other state license plate designs also be changed to include an image that acknowledges the suffering of black Americans.