Georgia Bill Would Require Religious Display on All License Plates

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.”

The effort is particularly absurd as it was just earlier this year that these same plates were one of the choices available to Georgia voters to choose under a referendum. With a significant number of people rejecting the religious option this summer, state officials have now chosen to simply force it upon them instead. We will be following this bill carefully when the legislature comes back in session in January.

28 Responses to Georgia Bill Would Require Religious Display on All License Plates

  1. If this passed in my state I would have to practice civil disobediance and black out the motto.

  2. I wouldn't black it out. I would replace "God" with "Zeus" or "Odin" If I really wanted to make a point I would replace it with "Allah", and make it look like it came from the state that way.

  3. I've seen someone putting up stickers (2 x 4 inch) with the statement: "SAVE $5-10,000 ON YOUR TAXES – END THE TRILLION DOL;LAR TAX EXEMPTION FOR RELIGION" The real interesting thing is that people are not ripping these down – they are letting them stay up and even in some cases moving them to new locations!!

    • I like the sound of those stickers eric, the privileges and tax breaks given to religion are nothing short of a national scandal, they're as bad as those Wall St scumbags who who used taxpayer money to pay bonuses.

  4. This also may cost conservatives the election next year. Believe it or not, most people in this country do not want religion forced down their throats by the government. Is there any evidence that this bill was sponsored by the Republican Party?

  5. Cover it up but don't pay for it. Let them give all of us tickets and let us all fight the tickets in court – jam the judicial system with thousands and maybe hundreds of thousands of actions.

  6. The Taliban comes to America.

  7. Boycott all things Georgia.

  8. The licenses will be proudly displayed–until the first car full of good ol’ boys wraps itself around a tree. Someone will then wonder, “This trust in God wasn’t quite enough, was it?” The question will then go viral. It probably won’t make a lot of Georgians welcome in places like, say, New Hampshire, which has some pretty pious people too: “Why they have to put it on their license plates–to remind themselves?” For these and the reasons stated above, let ‘em try. It might be fun.

  9. Emily, please check your story on this. A friend of mine in Georgia, who has been following this story, has stated it's a dollar to HAVE the notice put on your license: the default is none.

    • Olaf, if you follow the link Emily has provided, you will see the summary of the bill in question:

      To amend Chapter 2 of Title 40 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to registration and licensing of motor vehicles, so as to require the nation's motto, "In God We Trust," to be printed on license plates; to provide that purchasers of license plates may cover the motto with a county name decal; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

      This is an introduced bill. It has not yet been voted upon.

    • Olaf even if that is true it is a department of the government making money on and backing religion when it should be doing neither. I do agree with the stickers that Eric S was talking about. Religion has become very big business and as such it should be taxed. The tax exempt status was for the church and the land it stood on for people to meet and worship. Churches now own more land than is needed for those purposes and all that extra land should be taxed. You should not be profiting from religious beliefs.

    • Not according to the bill as presented, Olaf.

    • Olaf, why should the government be taking sides when it comes to religion? Doesn't that kind of negate the idea that everyone is equal?

  10. Clip clop, clip clop. "The Christians are coming, the Christians are coming." Clip clop. clip clop.

  11. Even Jesus wasn't aware of an entity named "God". I demand they change this to "In θεός we trust", or I will sue!

  12. This is seriously a terrible idea! And they complain that the Occupy protesters are not acting under their First Amendment rights, this is EXACTLY what the First Amendment was supposed to be protecting us from!

  13. The stupid hurts my head.

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