Confederate License Plates? Ruling Might Mean They Could Be Coming to Florida

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A Federal Judge has ruled that Florida should have approved the request of a group looking to honor a group of rebels who waged war against the United States in the name of slavery. U.S. District Judge John Antoon II ruled the state's specialty license plate law unconstitutional because by allowing legislators to chose which tags get approves limits free speech. Backers of a "Confederate Heritage" license plate may now move forward with trying to get the rebel flag stamped on plates. Is an Al-Queda plate next?

The Sons of Confederate Veterans went through all the procedures to apply for their plate, but the Florida Legislature denied the request, so they sued. Yes, a group that takes pride in a insurgency that was upset they couldn't keep other people as property is angry their basic rights were being trampled on.

According to The Florida Tribune, U.S. District Judge John Antoon II ruled Wednesday that the process limited free speech because it allowed the legislators to pick and choose which points-of-view they wanted to see on license plates.

"Because specialty license plates are voluntary rather than compulsory, private individuals -- rather than the government -- choose which message, if any, they want to communicate," Antoon wrote.

Antoon stopped short of ordering the state to issue the license plate, but the Sons of Confederate Veterans will now try and get their plate on the road. Florida's specialty license plate program is currently closed to new designs, but groups who began the process before May 2008, like the Sons, can still apply for plates.

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Guest
Guest

The author of this article really needs a history lesson. As much as anything, the south was fighting for blacks rights as well. As a free black man, by the north's standard, he was not even entitled a full vote. The newly purchased states, he was not even allowed in. They were fighting for individual rights, State's rights, and against oppression.

Jco
Jco

where can I get mine?

Cfwolford
Cfwolford

Mr. Mustnotreadit, What you know about history ain't much. If you would read the true history of the War of Northern Aggression you might find out the truth. The war wasn't about slavery until Mr. Lincoln needed something to bolster northern opinion of his war. The real cause of the war was that the north needed the south to continue providing revenue to the north to finance an ever growing government. Pretty much the same as today. Please quit printing such one sided hate mongering prattle. It makes you look foolish. Craig F. Wolford, SCV Camp 1463. The proud gr,gr grandson of Pvt. W.J. Owens, 6th Fla. Infantry Regiment.

Joshua Young
Joshua Young

I like the new tags simply because I believe that if other majorities and minorities can fly their flags and symbols without dishonor then men and women from the 14 Southern States should have that same right without being called Racist or Bigots. I'm Fort Myers and visit Miami often, I embrace all cultures especially African-American Culture I play for an All Black Church, I drink and eat Cuban, and Black Cultural Announced Foods, I love Music's of all backgrounds including Afrobeat, Funk, Salsa, Country, Blues, Gospel, and so on and so forth but I still believe in my Heritage and I think that if a Cuban man can have a Cuban Flag in his Car, and any other culture, race, creed, or religion can be announced in Florida then people who have called this state their home for hundreds of years should be able to fly their flag.

I say that in much honor of all people who make this state great.

Wilton Blake
Wilton Blake

I'm not sure on which side of the Constitution this falls. But I'm leaning toward the fact that governments can fairly limit commercial speech rather easily. Either way, I'm in favor of racists being honest and clearly labeling themselves as such. I know who to stay away from and/or who to throw stones at.

Jamie Funkhouser
Jamie Funkhouser

Some Concepts About Slavery:

1. Slavery ended in other Countries without a War - The Invading Army of Lincoln, and Request of 75,000 Southern Troops to Go Against their Neighbors Forced States into Secession.

2. If Slavery Was the Cause of the War, Why didn't Lincoln Free the Slaves Immediately in 1861 when he Took Office and Southern Legislators Were Not there to Block any Votes. There was Sectional Agitation over Slavery Issues - But the War did Not Start Out as a War to Free Slaves, as commonly Promoted to Public School children of this Country.

3. Lincoln was Seeking Through Foreign Countries to Relocate the Slaves to Other Countries. So, If the War was to Free Them, Why Would Lincoln Seek to Relocate Them as Late as 1865 through his Ambassadors Overseas. (Recent Papers from Overseas governments have documented that Lincoln was Still Seeking Places to Ship blacks out of the Country and Relocate Them.

4. It wasn't Until July, 1863 After the Terrible Casualties at Gettysburg did the War" Focus on Blacks as Being Central to the War", as ...Irish Draftees Began to Riot in New York City and began to Beat, Assualt, and Murder Blacks - Because So Many Irish Were Dying. Heretofore, the War as Directed and Written in Newspapers, Books, and Debates on the Floor of Congress was All About the Return of the South to the Union. The War was Not Seen as an Effort to Save the Blacks, Until the Irish Decided to Make that Statement in their Rebellion - As the Irish were Afraid that if the Blacks were Freed they would Replace them in the Industrial North. Black Hostility in the North of the Immigrants, Generated A Situation as Bad as Slavery in the South.

5. If Slavery Was the Cause of the War - Then the North Didn't Get into a Legislative Bill to Free Them, Until After the War was Over in 1865. Many Blacks were Not Freed, in the North and Border States - Until many Months After the War. If the War Had really Been About Slavery, and the Yankees Wanted to Free the Slaves - Legislation Would have Begun in 1861 instead of 1865, RIGHT?

6. HOW Can You Claim that the War was About Freeing the Slaves, But You Don't Free Them in 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864 or 1/2 of 1865, Until 200,000 of Them Return from the War in Uniform - LEGISLATION After the War Had to Be Done, Or There Would have Been Insurrection of the Blacks Against the Whites in the North. NORTH & SOUTH Were Both Supporting Slavery Under the AMERICAN Flag, Until After the War Was Over.

Timothyjglisson
Timothyjglisson

First let's get the FACTS correct the civil war was about taxes... only ten percent of the south owned slaves, so what were the other ninety percent fighting for?Second there is nothing wrong with having pride for your history every one else seems to be able to without persecution..I agree and WILL be buying this tag.

Cam
Cam

@ExiledWriterI'd be loath to tell the world and approaching policemen that I support and celebrate a group of bigoted traitors like the southern rebels, but maybe that's just me.

@abcAt this point in the history of Riptide, complaining about Mr. Munzenrider's grammar is like commenting that the sky is blue, or that parking in downtown is a dicey proposition.

David
David

Y'all who claim to admire "diversity" and "fairness" should look at yourselves and ask whether this blatant bigoted discrimination against the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and denial of their 1st amendment rights, is what you want to support. The SCV wants to honor their honorable, patriotic ancestors who were veterans - and who are identified by the Federal government and the VA as US veterans. Confederate Heritage is part of Florida's history. And, there's a Hispanic heritage plate, after all. Where are you on honoring Vietnam vets? Luckily, the Federal Judge applied the law fairly. The Florida Legislature needs to step up and issue the plate without further expense or prejudice- otherwise the entire plate program is at risk- Manatees, Gators, Choose Life...all of them. The SCV just wants to be treated like everyone else. Got a problem with that?

abc
abc

your headline interested me but this post was so poorly written and had so many grammatical errors i couldn't get through more than 1/2 of it. you should get a better editor.

Exiled Writer
Exiled Writer

I doubt that any terrorist organization would want to get a plate that specifically identifies them as such. Comparing Confederate heritage to a group of terrorists like Al Queda seems like an unfair comparison. Let's also focus that Florida is not Miami and Miami is not Florida, our big city and internationalist perspective do not reflect the different culture of North Florida and surrounding areas.

I guess I'm sympathetic because I went to a university in the deep south. Let's not be too quick to denounce the availability of the license plate for Confederate heritage. People of the Southern United states have a cultural significance as well. Historically speaking there were Jews, Hispanics and even Blacks who fought on the side of the Confederacy. Names like Judah P. Benjamin, Ambrosio Jose Gonzales and Horace King are rarely mentioned.

Mexico celebrates Cinco de Mayo even though they eventually lost to the French. Socialists still celebrate May Day even though Communism is pratically non-existant in the world. Maybe it is time to welcome and embrace the positive aspects of Southern culture, which to many in South Florida is a foreign concept.

I think we who live in larger yankee dominated cities tend to forget that the Confederacy was as ethnically diverse as Miami.

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