State of Florida to Offer Christian License Plate … “I Believe” … Wait for the ACLU Screams of Separation of Church & State

 

The state of Florida is looking to pass legislation that will make it possible for Church_state_separationThe Sunshine State drivers to purchase license plates that say, “I Believe”. I can already hear the ACLU and the atheists screaming at the top of their collective lungs … separation of church and state. Why? It’s not because of any noble cause, it is because they fear religion. However, because we  have all but bastardized the concept of separation of church and state, the loons and anti-religion crowd will be out in force opposing this.

Why then did our fore Fathers produce so many documents and reference religion if there was supposed to be the “separation” that people whine about today? Why was the expression of religion of for so long and now people have an issue with every reference? If they “believe” religion is nothing, why do they care so much?

Some lawmakers say the state should be careful. Rep. Kelly Skidmore said she is a Roman Catholic and goes to Mass on Sundays, but she believes the “I Believe” plate is inappropriate for the government to produce.

“It’s not a road I want to go down. I don’t want to see the Star of David next. I don’t want to see a Torah next. None of that stuff is appropriate to me,” said Skidmore, a Democrat who voted against the plate in committee. “I just believe that.”

Honestly, what would be so wrong for one to have a license plate that promotes hope and the belief that there is some thing greater than one’s self? Are people to actually believe that hope and believing only comes from the government? Hardly!

Florida drivers can order more than 100 specialty license plates celebrating everything from manatees to the Miami Heat, but one now under consideration would be the first in the nation to explicitly promote a specific religion.

The Florida Legislature is considering a specialty plate with a design that includes a Christian cross, a stained-glass window and the words “I Believe.”

Rep. Edward Bullard, the plate’s sponsor, said people who “believe in their college or university” or “believe in their football team” already have license plates they can buy. The new design is a chance for others to put a tag on their cars with “something they believe in,” he said.

If the plate is approved, Florida would become the first state to have a license plate featuring a religious symbol that’s not part of a college logo. Approval would almost certainly face a court challenge. (FOX News)

Posted April 24, 2008 by
Government, Politics, Religion | 5 comments


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  • Comments

    5 Responses to “State of Florida to Offer Christian License Plate … “I Believe” … Wait for the ACLU Screams of Separation of Church & State”

    1. Miss-Underestimated on April 24th, 2008 1:56 pm

      Indiana has “In God We Trust”

    2. ParaTed2k on April 24th, 2008 3:42 pm

      Those who “don’t believe” can just consider it a Pro Obama statement. :~D

    3. tuyvnsurvivor on April 24th, 2008 6:15 pm

      I am in one way like many here, I am basically conservative. Though I am not traditionally religeous, I do get along fine with Christians who are not radicals. But I also hate to see this sort of faith advertisement, in part because of church and state issues yes, in part because I think the single best thing faith denominations do is divide people, and a part because I sure do not want equal time for known stronger hate religions. This license plate thing is just not neccessary and no good will come of it.

      I would not make a fuss over this, it is not that important to me. ANd no I do not want to go become a liberal, whom often I find as idiots. But I do not want to be forced to come under more rule of the religeous right any more than forced tolerance of witch rule.

    4. Richard on April 24th, 2008 9:57 pm

      The article above says: “one now under consideration would be the first in the nation to explicitly promote a specific religion.”

      The license plate does not, in my understanding, promote a religion. One that did would say something like: “Christianity … the best of all.” Or something like that.

      It just allows a person to make a statement about his or her own belief.

      It is worth noting, though, that people already have the opportunity to use bumper stickers which say practically anything and everything.

      Two bumper stickers that I’d consider using (if I didn’t have the Natalee Holloway info on my car):

      Honk if you love politicians.

      Honk if you love the IRS.

      The roads would be absolutely quiet!

    5. yoyo muffintop on April 25th, 2008 9:17 am

      “It’s not because of any noble cause, it is because they fear religion.”
      They don’t “fear” religion, they reject it.
      Fear of religion and rejection of theocracy are two very different matters. Along with “the right to openly and freely practice faith” goes the right to be non-religious, ir-religious, and even anti-religious. When religious people do not respect that right, feathers get ruffled.
      It takes two to tangle.

      But if the plate goes thru, the good thing is I will be able to pull along side the guy with the Jesus plate that’s had his left hand turn signal on for 12 miles in right lane and yell “Jesus told me to tell you to turn off your signal”.

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