In Indiana last year, a law was passed that allowed the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to issue license plates that were stamped with the label “In God We Trust.”
The law was passed by a vote of 134-2.
Now, that label alone isn’t a problem.
If people want to purchase that specialty plate, with the usual specialty plate cost of $40/year, it is entirely their right to do so.
The problem here is that there is no extra fee added for these plates.
There’s also another problem with this:
Indiana has squandered $15 million in administrative costs. And this is the state that had to sell its toll road to make ends meet.
By not charging per plate, Indiana is essentially giving Christians a government-sponsored way to display their faith. Other religions’ followers are not given this opportunity.
You can read more at NoFreeGodPlate.org, a website that further explains the problem.
Better yet, they are collecting pictures of “In God We Trust” cars behaving badly.
Like this one, situated just outside a strip club…
Apparently, there are similar photos just waiting to be taken.
The site was started by Craig Shoemaker and Terre Haute Tribune-Star columnist Stephanie Salter.
You can hear more of the story behind this law and the website on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Freethought Radio (mp3; start at the 27:05 mark).
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