Yes, we think a court would conclude that the establishment of a new specialty earmarked license plate asserting that "Jesus is Lord" violates the federal and state constitutional provisions against the establishment of religion.Because, said the TN attorney general, such assertions are government speech and forbidden, particularly where plates proclaiming "Cthulhu is Lord" or what-have-you are unavailable.
I used to work with a welding inspector who carried his Bible wherever he went but would never put it inside his briefcase, which contained his secular documents and his various accoutrements. Something about avoiding contact between the sacred and the profane, so he would presumably endorse the AG's opinion.
But the Tennessee lawmaking people can ignore it if they want.
John Hiatt — Tennessee Plates
Earlier: Separation of Church and Taste.