Back in 2013, some wiseass minister sued the state over our boring license plate. He claimed the image of a Native American man shooting a "sacred" arrow into the sky was an affront on his religious beliefs. He lost his case in district court, a federal appeals court, and now the Supreme Court announced they're refusing to hear his case.
The Supreme Court won't take up a dispute over whether an image on Oklahoma's license plates showing an Apache warrior shooting an arrow contains a religious message.
The justices on Monday let stand an appeals court ruling that threw out a pastor's lawsuit claiming the plates endorse a polytheistic religion.
The image comes from a famous bronze sculpture that depicts an Indian shooting an arrow skyward in hopes that the "spirit world" or "rain god" will answer prayers for rain.
Keith Cressman argued that the "Sacred Rain Arrow" image conveyed a religious message that was an affront to his Christian beliefs.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver last year upheld an Oklahoma federal judge who had dismissed the lawsuit.
Yesterday, I mentioned that Oklahoma is unusual place to live because you're always having to root against your state in federal court. That wasn't the case on this one. As a little white kid who grew up going to powwows and sweat lodges with his weird white dad, I am very appreciative of Native American culture in this state, but that's one boring license plate. It's so 2009. I was kind of hoping it would be ruled unconstitutional so we could get a new one. In fact, I say we go back to the best license plate in Oklahoma history. Remember it?
Okay, technically that's one of our TLO t-shirts that you can conveniently order online at TheOkaySee.com. You can also pick up retro throwbacks with the Crystal's Pizza and OK 89 logos.
Here's a pic of the actual plate:
I love that license plate. Its design is simple and its message is so... honest. "Oklahoma is OK!" We used the same word to describe our state that people now use to describe dinner at Louie's.
"How was Louie's?"
"Oh, it was okay. I ordered the Gobble Gobble."
Seriously, say what you want about Oklahoma, but we pioneered truth in advertising a long time. That's OK with me.