In God we Trust “Mandatory”

What does it say of the Religious right, when they are so scared that someone might not love their God, or believe in him that it must be plastered on the currency, walls, and not license plates of America?  I drew a bit of criticism from people on the right when I posted about Ohio’s Latest attempt to place “Through God All things are Possible” on our new license plate designs due out soon.  (Surprised?)  Their arguments ranged from ‘this isn’t specific to any one god’ to ‘if you don’t like it go back to Russia you commie”..     However a Georgia bill would now make a variation of the idea, a plate that says ‘One Nation under God” mandatory — but you can pay extra to cover it up. The Secular News Daily reports:

 

 

 

A new bill pre-filed in the Georgia General Assembly this month would not only allow drivers to obtain license plates reading “In God We Trust,” but would in fact require them on all vehicles – unless drivers pay to cover it up. Georgia SB 293 would amend current law to mandate that, starting next summer, all plates would be imprinted with the religious declaration. If someone does not wish to exhibit this statement of faith, they would be required to purchase a sticker from the state displaying the name of their county that could be used to cover “In God We Trust.”

The bill text currently available on the legislature’s website really drives home the dramatic change in attitudes by the Assembly, as you can clearly see what has been crossed out and changed. While displaying the county name is the current “default” choice for Georgia drivers and alternatively they may purchase an “In God We Trust” sticker, this bill would directly swap the two, making the religious motto the routine option.

Mandating that individuals pay money to the government in order to not flaunt religious views is absolutely ridiculous. As the website Georgia Politico aptly puts it, “In other words, if you feel the government should not be establishing a religion, you are going to have to pay to prove it.”

In a recent back and forth with a subject who’s screen name is ironically “Exposerofmorons” he issued a challenge to the secularist

Exposerofmorons – I’d like to see clear, irrefutable proof of your assertions that anyone in any official capacity is trying to pervert the Constitution towards any religion. And also, that anyone is trying to create “state” religions.

Well after providing what I feel was ample evidence there, Georgia doesn’t let me down, but giving me yet another example of how the Religious Right is attempting to blur the line between the separation of  Church and State.

 

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2 Responses to In God we Trust “Mandatory”

  1. David Watson says:

    When people like “exposerofmormons” ask for proof of your assertions, you should direct them to the ruling on Everson v Board (330 US 1 [1947]). It clearly states that encompassing all or multiple religions is still unconstitutional.

    Ironically, that case was brought to my attention by MOA.

  2. Michael says:

    I actually posted that as a facebook status on Tuesday..

    https://www.facebook.com/midohioatheists/posts/272853422764827