Apparently, God doesn’t live in Calabasas like we all thought. God lives in Kentucky and his real name is Ben “Bennie” Hart. But according to Bennie and his trusty dictionary, “God” has many different meanings. This all began when Bennie tried to get a personalized license plate with “IM GOD” on it. That didn’t go over so well with the state of Kentucky.
And since “God” has many different meanings in the dictionary, Bennie and his lawyer used that argument. And their argument paved the way to Bennie becoming $150,000 richer. According to People magazine, “Self-identifying atheist” Bennie said, “I can prove I’m God. You can’t prove I’m not,” which he claimed is the reason why he chose that particular phrase to put on his plate. Bennie also said:
“Now, how can I prove I’m God? Well, there are six definitions for God in the American Heritage Dictionary, and number five is a very handsome man, and my wife says I’m a very handsome man, and nobody argues with my wife.”
For a few years now, Bennie has been fighting with the state of Kentucky about his license plate. It was briefly approved, then denied because it was “not in good taste”. So he did what God himself would do: SUE A BITCH!
After a brief approval, Hart was shocked to learn in a letter from the KYTC that his request had been denied, according to the lawsuit that was filed by The American Civil Liberties Union and Freedom From Religion Foundation against the Kentucky Department of Motor Vehicles on behalf of Hart.
In the document, Hart stated that he initially requested the plate in Ohio because he “thought it was interesting, and … it was a conversation.”
In addition, the legal document states that while the plate “may not be vulgar or obscene,” “the use of ‘IM GOD’ is not in good taste and would create the potential of distraction to other drivers and possibly confrontations.”
Kentucky’s lawyers argued that they’d make the same decision on personalized license plates regardless of what type of figure it was about, such as “IM ALLAH”, “IM BUDDAH”, or “IM SATAN.”
So after going back and forth for 3 years, the court ruled in November of 2019 that the state of Kentucky “violated Hart’s freedom of speech and allowed him to keep his personalized plates in Kentucky“. Bennie finally got his way.
I get it, he’s old and bored and wanted attention. Now he’s old, bored, got national attention and an extra $150,000 in his pocket. Or whatever was left after he paid all the lawyers. And honestly, that license plate doesn’t work, because we all know God doesn’t drive since Jesus is always taking the wheel.
Pic: ACLU Kentucky