In response to a recent court injunction against production of the South Carolina "I Believe" Christian license plate, Pastor Arnold Hiette has organized a rally at his Greer church.
The rally at People's Baptist Church in the Upstate will begin at 7 tonight and include a few prominent public figures arguing in defense of the license plate. Attorney General Henry McMaster, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer and attorney Kevin Hall, who represented the state in the license plate case, will address the gathering, Hiette said.
After the judge issued her decision, McMaster issued a statement in which he said he was "extremely disappointed in the court's ruling."
Hiette said Christians are feeling increasingly discriminated against.
"As Christians, we've been in a series of things happening over the years of us losing our rights," Hiette said.
U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie ordered state officials to stop production, sales, advertising and distribution of the new license plates in a Dec. 11 ruling. The tags feature a cross superimposed on a stylized stained-glass window and the inscription "I Believe" above the tag number.
Currie said it was likely a gross violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which prohibits the state from promoting one faith over others.
Hiette is planning to organize additional rallies, in the Midlands and Lowcountry.