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Veteran sues for right to have 'infidel' license plate

Sep 12, 2013

Arizona Republic

Associated Press Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:50 AM

KINGSFORD, Mich. — A northern Michigan man who was a combat soldier during the Iraq war is suing to get a personalized license plate carrying a shortened variation of the word "infidel."

Michael Matwyuk of Michigan wants a license plate that says 'infidel' Michael Matwyuk (MATT'-we-ook) says the Michigan Department of State rejected him because the plate could offend people. He says it's a violation of his First Amendment right, and he filed suit Wednesday in Grand Rapids federal court with help from the American Civil Liberties Union.

The 57-year-old lives in Kingsford in the Upper Peninsula community and is a retired U.S. Army sergeant. He sustained brain injuries and hearing loss during combat.

Matwyuk says soldiers were repeatedly called "infidels" or non-believers by enemies in Iraq. Secretary of state spokesman Fred Woodhams says Michigan law bars plates that might be offensive.