OKLAHOMA CITY – A judge has rejected a claim by an Oklahoma pastor that the image on the state’s license plate conveys a religious message.
Oklahoma’s license plate showcases a young Apache warrior shooting an arrow into the sky.
Many say the warrior is shooting an arrow into the sky to bring down rain.
Bethany pastor Keith Cressman says the plate amounts to a state endorsement of religion.
Cressman said he doesn’t appreciate the image as a Christian and wants an alternative plate.
However, he does not want to have pay more to get it.
U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton disagrees.
He dismissed those claims, saying there is nothing about the image that suggests the warrior is praying or that the arrow he is shooting is sacred.
The image is inspired by All Houser’s ‘Sacred Rain Arrow’ sculpture.