‘In God We Trust’ May Become a Permanent Part of Georgia License Plates

Remember when the state of Georgia accidentally put “In God We Trust” on certain license plates and then included them in the lineup during a vote? They had to conduct a revote because the motto wasn’t actually included on the plates — it was just an optional $1 tag you could put on your own plate.

Now, State Sen. Bill Heath (R-Bremen) wants to make “In God We Trust” a permanent fixture on all state license plates:

Motorists can already purchase a sticker with the motto for $1. The sticker can be placed over the usual county name decal Georgia license plates currently sport. Sen. Bill Heath, R-Bremen, filed the proposal to reverse that order. He proposed the motto would be the default on any license plates manufactured after July 1 but motorists could buy a county decal sticker to cover it if they wanted.

This is one of the bills up for debate beginning next year. Sounds like residents of the state need to contact their representatives now — before this bill becomes an issue next year.

(Thanks to Jon for the link)

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  • Anonymous

    Besides the obvious problems with this; It is a bad decision from an economics standpoint.
    There are a lot more Christians than atheist in Georgia. If you’re trying to sell stickers for a dollar sell them to the larger group.

    • http://www.facebook.com/DocMonkey Mick Wright

      It’s a great desicion from a theocratic standpoint, though – if some shithead were to see a sticker covering the slogan, then it’d be the most easily vandalized statement that atheists exist in American history. Just rip the sticker off and boom! Instant warm glow from pretending everyone agrees with him, and being dumb enough to think making something invisible stops it from ever having existed.

      Given the lengths they’ll go to against atheist billboards just saying we’re real people, it’s far better for the Christian supremacists if they’re in the majority and anyone else has to buy a sticker – and if someone’s opinion is gonna be easy to unfairly stifle, they’ll fight tooth and nail to make sure it isn’t them.

  • Dancer104

    We can argue this from a separation church/state (making citizens pay to cover up something they don’t support? Really?), as long as it’s ruled a national motto, it seems odd that lawmakers would agree in this case but not on the larger scale. 

  • http://religiouscomics.net/ Jeff P

    Ughh, 

    Religious privilege, arrogance, and harassment…

  • http://religiouscomics.net/ Jeff P

    The analogy for this would be if some state made permanent the wordings “The bible is mythology” on their license plates with an optional $1 sticker to cover it up.  That would ruffle some feathers and also be inappropriate.  This “In God we trust” is also inappropriate for the same reason.

  • http://twitter.com/dalestaines dalestaines

    I’m a Georgian and I can tell you with certainty that there will be vandalized vehicles or general harassment to people who have the slogan covered on their plates (if it passes).  Hopefully, it won’t be mine since there’s no way I would own property with “In God We Trust” marked on it.  I don’t know how I have survived being raised in this horribly ass-backwards place.

    • Tadavidson61

      Let me have all “your”  paper currency dalestaines since you don’t want “In God We Trust” on your “property”.

      • http://twitter.com/dalestaines dalestaines

        Haven’t touched cash in years, sorry.  Not for that reason, though – just technology.

        P.S. Let’s not waste perfectly good energy nitpicking. That’s for aimless children.

  • Rich Wilson

    I wonder if it will be legal to use your own sticker, of the same size, to cover it.  Charging a tax to opt out would piss me off.  This obviously isn’t for revenue generation.  It’s for getting re-elected.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Arnica/1143470961 Paul Arnica

         Another sickening move by religious right-wing politicians. I wouldn’t have a problem with the original policy of Christians having the option to buy a sticker to put on their license plates with that phrase on it. Its freedom of speech/expression/ religion, whatever. But to force non-believers to either have that on their license plates or have to spend more of their money (that fact that its only $1 is besides the point) to cover it up is just wrong and a violation of our rights.
         This also just makes non-believers an easy target for vandalism by Christians and people of other religions. We know anyone with “in god we trust” covered up will be targeted and I think it will happen often.
         Glad I don’t live in Georgia, but this kind of stuff is sickening and makes me mad nonetheless.

  • jon

    so… how many of us with vandalized cars would it take to file a lawsuit against the state for harassment, damages, mental anguish?

    • Linda McMillan

      I feel anguished already.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2C6XFSMIUYAZUDZ4CWUWLV7CEY Josh Pearson

    The license plate is a state-controlled device, therefore is representative of the state and the constitution. This shouldn’t happen.

    Is what irks me the most with all these religious themed license plates is this: If you own a car, you have a bumper, PUT A DAMN STICKER THERE. The car is your personal property and you can put whatever you want there that doesn’t also break a law.

    Why can’t people just accept that fact and leave license plates to serve the purpose they were created for.

  • Anonymous

    Add an oh:  In Good we trust. 
    Or an aitch:  In God we thrust.
    or would the religious call that defacement?


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