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Swedish officials rejected a Christian man’s application for a license plate that would express his religious beliefs because it could be offensive to others.
According to the European news outlet The Local, the Swedish Transport Agency blocked Cesar Kisangani Makombe’s request that the word “Christ,” or “Kristus” in Swedish, be included on his car registration plate.
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“We deny any words that we believe can cause offense. Among other things, we say ‘no’ to everything that has any religious connotations, no matter which connotations,” Mikael Andersson, press officer for the Transport Agency, told Swedish newswire TT, The Local reported.
Makombe had previously tried to change his license plate letters to the name “Jesus,” but it was already blocked, according to The Local.
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The agency reportedly rejected 94 license plate requests last year in total.
Swedish plates in the past have normally had three letters and three numbers, with personalized plates offered as an option.
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However, as non-personalized combinations are running out, this month new Swedish cars will start using a new pattern: three letters, two numbers and another letter.
Makombe told the Swedish newspaper Göteborg Direkt that he didn’t understand the Swedish officials’ decision.
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“All Western countries say they are Christians. In Sweden there are many churches and we even have a cross on the flag. But when you want to show that you are Christian, they say ‘no’ because it is offensive,” Makombe said, according to an English translation.
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