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Supreme Court strikes down "Share the Roads, Under God" sloganLeague of American Bicyclists issues "Now what was it happened?" statement.
WASHINGTON DC Stating that the phrase "Clearly violates the basic principle of separation of cars and bicycles," the United States Supreme Court on Friday issued a decision finding use of the popular slogan "Share the Roads, Under God" unconstitutional. The case had moved swiftly through the court system after being filed by atheist Nelson Pena of Fort Valley, GA. Pena challenged use of the slogan after seeing the message on a sign near the main library in nearby Americus, GA. "I find it extremely offensive to my most basic beliefs as an American to see the message 'Share the Roads' being displayed on public roadways." Pena was joined in the suit by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), the American Lane Painters Union (ALPU) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). The 6-3 decision did however allow radical cycling groups some leeway in their promotion of the concept, saying that use of the "Under God" portion of the message would not be affected by the ruling.