Saturday, March 24, 2012

TX: 'One State Under God' license plate controversial

We read:
"A license plate that declares Texas "One State Under God" went on sale this week, despite an outcry from critics who say government tags shouldn't be endorsing religion.

The license plate, which was narrowly approved in December by the governing board at the state's Department of Motor Vehicles, also features the words and image of the Crosses at Calvary, the site where the Crucifixion of Jesus is said to have occurred. Each plate costs $55, with some proceeds going to a group that works with underprivileged children.

“I think you want to be very careful when you give government the authority to favor a particular religion in an official way such as this,” Dan Quinn, communications director for the Texas Freedom Network, told

The group had previously blasted the plate as “disrespectful,” saying in a December press release on its website that "It's become pretty clear that our governor [Rick Perry] is dismissive of religious beliefs other than his own, and now his governmental appointees have voted to send a message that Texas is unwelcoming to the religious faiths of some of its citizens.”

But the plate's designers note that purchasing the plate is voluntary and that it supports a good cause.

Anyone can propose a specialty license plate design, according to Texas Department of Motor Vehicles public information officer Adam Shaivitz.



Anonymous said...

A "You will be Assimilated" (in Spanish) plate wouldn't get a peep from the perpetually offended crowd and would sadly be closer to the truth.

Bird of Paradise said...

The PC crowd will demand it be replaced with ONE NATION UNDER GAIA so it wont offend the eco-wackos

Anonymous said...

Yah rite! the profits go to underpriv. kids! Muslims of dubious background could say that, in either case would it be proved, and in what way?

Anonymous said...

Yeah indeed. So Texas authorities are quite happy to be represented as a virtual theocracy, and of a particular "Christian" type as well?

Anonymous said...

Personally, i believe a license plate should contain "only", the issuing state, the expiration date, and the plate number. Period! It should not contain "any" other information. The only (and obvious) reason we see so many other messages on state license tags today is simple. $$$! They are all desperate.

And no, i'm not an atheist nor am i a leftist.

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:56 ------- I'm sure you'd be pleased if the slogan read "Islam, the last religion you'll ever have."

Anonymous said...

7:09 --- I'd be quite pleased if you were able to make an intelligent comment!

Anonymous said...

While I was initially a little uncomfortable I suppose there is no problem if similar plates for Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists with pictures of their sacred images were also ok.