The Holy Trinity Of License Plates In Georgia – UPDATED!

UPDATE! Georgia residents who expressed concern this week about a proposed Georgia license plate that includes the phrase “In God We Trust,” can rest easy. The State has decided to offer a sticker, instead!

The Georgia Department of Revenue announced the three finalists in its license plate contest Wednesday. The winning design will be announced Friday by Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and state Revenue Commissioner Douglas MacGinnitie.  Asking the residents to pick a new plate design?  Yep, in case you were not aware, Georgia is asking it’s residents to pick a new license plate design.  When this contest started, there were many options to choose from, including a few that included “In God We Trust” on them.  There were, however, several excellent designs that were secular in nature. The voting was fast and furious, and for a while it seemed that one of the more secular options was ahead.  Voting ended on July 8th, and originally, all three finalist designs included “In God We Trust” printed on them.  Here are the three finalists, in their original form:

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For those of us who live in the Peach state, this WAS a sad day until the state agreed to make “In God We Trust” available as a sticker that can be purchased separately!  Apparently the state has realized that “In God We Trust” violates the First Amendment by forcing everyone who is driving behind someone from Georgia to be proselytized by the state.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances – First Amendment

There are other states, however, that have this slogan emblazoned on their license plates.  Freethinkers of Georgia have won the battle of the day, but we will be fighting a losing war on this front until the Supreme Court finally comes to it’s senses and rules against “In God We Trust” on our money and as a national motto.

For the record, here’s my design:

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Al Stefanelli is the author of “A Voice Of Reason In An Unreasonable World – The Rise Of Atheism On Planet earth.”  He also writes for the National Atheism Examiner

  3 comments for “The Holy Trinity Of License Plates In Georgia – UPDATED!

  1. July 14, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Ah, how nostalgic… McCarthyism…

  2. July 14, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Guess no atheists will license their vehicles in Georgia!

    • momokotopia
      July 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      Steve, did you read the article? You have to purchase a sticker if you want “In God We Trust” on your plate. But even if we lost this battle a little duck tape goes a long way.

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