Sunday, July 17, 2011
"In God We Trust" Confuses Georgia License Plate Selection Process
Here in my home state we are having a time coming up with a new automobile license plate design. A contest to select the new plate design has been a bit controversial. Full details can be found here in a local paper item.
It all boils down to that pesky little "In God We Trust" motto. Some of the designs showed it, others didn't. That may have influenced some of the online voting that was allowed in the selection of the design finalists.
As it turns out, that motto is actually a sticker which is available separately for a dollar. (You can't say we don't know how to use the Almighty to increase income in this state!) So now - just to be fair - Georgia State officials are clarifying that and reopening the voting.
This article pointed out something of which I wasn't aware. Department of Revenue Commissioner Doug MacGinnitie states that Georgia State law requires that license plates display either the county or the "In God We Trust" motto at the bottom.
While I have absolutely no problem with people expressing their personal belief in God, that slogan seems to be another way of saying that our laws should be based on biblical principles. Come on, we know which God is meant when people promote "In God We Trust."
YOU may believe in the God of the Bible. Some of us do not. So isn't it a bit presumptuous to suggest we as a nation believe in that God?
The fact is that we are a nation of man-made laws. Our laws have changed and slowly evolved throughout the history of our nation and in no sense can be thought of as biblically based.
But this is, after all, the Bible Belt. Feedom of religious thought is not fully embraced here.