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The state of Georgia has legislated and approved a provision that allows automobile owners to replace the county identification on their car tags with the statement “In God We Trust.”

I have no qualms with this allowance of the expression of freedom of speech and expression of an individual’s religious preference. However, I am concerned that this freedom of speech and religious expression is limited to those who favor a traditional Judeo-Christian religious preference. Why is there no allowance or provision for those who would express a trust in Yahweh, Buddha, Krishna, Zen, Hinduism or a host of other spiritual or religious beliefs – not to mention those who trust scientific discovery as opposed to religious beliefs?

This appears to be a serious affront to freedom of speech and the “no establishment of a state religion” clause of our Constitution.

Edward Fahey

Springfield

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Bonk
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Bonk 12/27/11 - 11:13 pm
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Well said, Edward. In 200-300

Well said, Edward. In 200-300 years, the judeo Christian god will be just as meaningless as Zeus, Mars and Aphrodite are today.

55 F-100
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55 F-100 12/27/11 - 11:34 pm
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The proposal as I understand

The proposal as I understand it is a choice......a person may choose "In God We Trust" decal.......or the county name decal.....what's the problem????

Dipshot
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Dipshot 12/28/11 - 12:04 am
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The question is.. will others

The question is.. will others be afforded their choice? Will the atheist be able to have a decal that says "In no God I trust".. ?

specsta
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specsta 12/28/11 - 02:06 am
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The state of GA should not be

The state of GA should not be in the business of mandating any religion. Religious auto tags are a bad idea. People should worship freely as they choose, but not through a state-sponsored religious mandate on a car tag.

Christians love to walk that slippery slope. If it is legal for In God We Trust", then it is just as legal for "In the Devil We Trust" on a car tag - unfortunately. Any "right" to do something has to be administered equally. This is similar to some Christians that would like ban or censor porn, because they find it offensive, but would be shocked if their Bibles were banned because someone was offended by it.

Let's leave God's things to God, and the government's things to the government - and let's not combine the two.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/28/11 - 06:17 am
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Hmmm......what will we do

Hmmm......what will we do about our money? Last time I checked, all of it had stamped "In God We Trust". Do we need to trash all our bills and coins and have them reprinted?

Since 1956 this has been our nations motto and up until recently I don't believe many people gave it much thought. Now all of a sudden because people of the Christian faith see it as a way to be a testimony of their faith, it now becomes this major issuse. Hate to say this but the words "In God We Trust" is just our nations motto because Lord knows most of the United States don't give a flying flip about my Lord and Savior.

Guess next, we'll have to stop putting bumper stickers with the word God in them or crosses hanging from your mirrors or any religious decals on your back window because someone might be offended. Don't worry that I might have to read all the nasty language written on some bumper stickers while drive behind you or while I wait at the traffic light or that I might have to listen to your trashy mouth while waiting in line at the grocery store. Yeah, I know, I can shop somewhere else and freedom of speech and al thatl....why doesn't it work the other way around.

This really isn't about government staying out of religion or being fair to all other gods.........this is nothing but Satan's attack on God and His children. My suggestion, let government do away with the decals and a private Christian nonprofit businessman create his own sticker/decal, then donate the money to a ministry. Government looses the profit, Satan looses his stronghold, and God's name is glorified.

madgerman
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madgerman 12/28/11 - 07:58 am
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If we can get rid of the
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If we can get rid of the county name, why was it placed on there anyway? I would bet it was for law enforcement to know when they had a sucker from another county before they pulled them over for a ticket.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/28/11 - 08:18 am
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The simplest thing for Mr.

The simplest thing for Mr. Fahey to do is go in person to the tag office, request a tag and a sticker, take the tag and the sticker and go home. Then, instead of affixing the sticker to his tag, merely write his own personal slogan in the space in neat lettering with a Sharpie pen. Problem solved!

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 12/28/11 - 09:04 am
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It irks me that so many

It irks me that so many people assume Christianity is being alluded to whenever the word "God" appears in a motto. Let's not forget that other religions such as Judaism, Islam, and Deism teach the existence of God. So, which religion is established by the optional motto, "In God we trust"? None in particular.

The sticker with this motto will cost $1, which means all who want to display this vague reference to God will have to pay extra for it. I'd rather buy a bumper sticker that leaves no doubt what God and Savior I trust.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 12/28/11 - 09:06 am
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Silly letter. If you don't

Silly letter. If you don't want a tag, don't buy it.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 12/28/11 - 09:27 am
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i get he letter's point. the
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i get he letter's point. the thing that makes what he rightly sees as favoritism justifiable although still pushy is that our national motto is in god we trust.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 12/28/11 - 09:39 am
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they make weather resistant

they make weather resistant sharpies now.

allhans
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allhans 12/28/11 - 09:41 am
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" Yahweh, Buddha, Krishna,

" Yahweh, Buddha, Krishna, Zen, Hinduism ..."
all believe in a God. SO! What is the problem.
Why are folks such haters?

If the tag says "In God we Trust" that would apply to any religious group that believes in a God.

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agustinian 12/28/11 - 09:46 am
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I don't know, I'm just

I don't know, I'm just guessing, but they probably picked "In God we trust" for the same reason the feds picked it for our money.

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Bruno 12/28/11 - 09:50 am
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Allhans is correct. Also it

Allhans is correct. Also it should be pointed out that "Yahweh" is another name for God. Buddha never claimed to be a God. When asked if he were a God he said, "No." When asked "Then teacher, what are you?" He replied, "Awake." Buddha is not a god.
So those who use the "why not In Buddha We Trust" or what about Zen Buddhism (which has no god or gods) argument show that they don't really have all of the information needed to form a credible argument.

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crkgrdn 12/28/11 - 09:54 am
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Bonk, Voltaire and other

Bonk, Voltaire and other Enlightenment figures held the same misguided notion, as they expected the world to be lead by science and reason. Science still cannot agree when life begins and the dieticians and health experts cannot reach consensus. And, more than 2,000 years later a babe born in a manger continues to offer hope. And, then there is the J story of the Jews that goes back even further.

crkgrdn
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crkgrdn 12/28/11 - 09:57 am
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Please pardon the typo, as I

Please pardon the typo, as I started to write "then there is the Jewish story."

bjphysics
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bjphysics 12/28/11 - 10:04 am
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agustinian: “…they probably

agustinian: “…they probably picked "In God we trust" for the same reason the feds picked it for our money.”

Or more precisely, they selected the allowance of these and only these words because the slogan is the national motto and government usage has already been deemed constitutional:

>>The motto was first challenged in Aronow v. United States in 1970, but the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled: "It is quite obvious that the national motto and the slogan on coinage and currency 'In God We Trust' has nothing whatsoever to do with the establishment of religion. Its use is of patriotic or ceremonial character and bears no true resemblance to a governmental sponsorship of a religious exercise." The decision was cited in Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow, a 2004 case on the Pledge of Allegiance. These acts of "ceremonial deism" are "protected from Establishment Clause scrutiny chiefly because they have lost through rote repetition any significant religious content." In Zorach v. Clauson (1952), the Supreme Court has also held that the nation's "institutions presuppose a Supreme Being" and that government recognition of God does not constitute the establishment of such a state church as the Constitution's authors intended to prohibit. Atheists object to sworn judiciaries employing historical context in what they believe ought to be a raw textual interpretation.<<

Footnotes at link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_God_We_Trust#Controversy

iLove
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iLove 12/28/11 - 10:35 am
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What about the money?
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What about the money?

LadyS
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LadyS 12/28/11 - 11:38 am
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It is a choice people! Do

It is a choice people! Do you know what "choice" means? I bet the other religions don't have a problem spending currency and coins with "In God We Trust" on it! They're not screaming discrimenation each time they have to buy something. This country needs to get back to the way in was 50-60-70 years ago. If you didn't like something...too bad - live with it or go somewhere else.

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Sargebaby 12/28/11 - 01:48 pm
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In 200-300 years, the judeo

In 200-300 years, the judeo Christian God will be just as influential as He has been for the last 2000 plus years.

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pearlthesquirrel 12/28/11 - 03:35 pm
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Nice one Edward - finally,
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Nice one Edward - finally, somebody other than me understands how the "separation of church and state" and Lemon v. Kurtzman 403 U.S. 602 (1971) works. And by the way, if you're ever in a business and get paper currency back and notice the word "GOD" crossed out of the phrase IN GOD WE TRUST with a black Sharpie on the back of your one, five, ten, twenty, or hundred dollar bill - well, it probably was me......or Penn.....or Teller.....or Penn & Teller.....or.....? Rock-n-roll, Chevrolet, Harley-Davidson, Evolution, Relativity, DNA, Mountain Dew, common sense, critical thinking, scientific fact, and the ability to QUESTION EVERYTHING I'm told....ahhhhh, what more could I want? Whoooooooooooooooo !!!

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