by Oliver_Halle
 The Agitator
March 05, 2012 10:31 AM | 1005 views | 4 4 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The Georgia General Assembly has taken time out from its very busy schedule to pass a bill of great importance that will surely promote job growth, lower crime, help to fix the housing crisis, and probably a number of other social ills. A Georgia resident can now get a sticker for his license plate that says, “In God We Trust”, and almost as good, the state is going to waive the one dollar fee because somehow to charge for it is disrespectful to God. If you get one of these stickers you can cover up the identification of your county, unless you have a vanity plate that doesn’t display the name of the county.

Presumably there is a public safety reason for the requirement that license tags show the county in which the car is registered. Or maybe it’s for tax purposes. Either way, since it is some sort of offense to remove the county identification, there must be some legitimate purpose for it. Why vanity plates are exempted I don’t know. Perhaps a reader can add some light to this. But I was wondering if a Georgia car owner can also cover up the county identification with another sticker? How about the original national motto, “E Pluribus Unum?” Would this garner him a ticket for some infraction related to defacing a license plate? If so, why? Is the state favoring one message over another? Is there a First Amendment issue here, especially if the state can’t provide a compelling reason for allowing one slogan over another?

What is there about our legislators that they go to such great lengths to prove how religious they are? It almost compares with the old days of southern politicians trying to “out seg” their opponents. Meanwhile, the same legislators who have bestowed this gift on us refuse to admit that they are bought and sold for sports and concert tickets, high priced dinners, golf outings, and so much more. Any serious lobbyist and gift reform is dead on arrival once again in the General Assembly. But they do have their priorities.   

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EMBuckner
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March 15, 2012
Well, I can certainly understand why "anonymous" hides behind his ability to be unknown to us--as he has nothing to say. --Ed B.
anonymous
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March 09, 2012
It would seem that this guy loves the sound of his own voice. In addition, with only 15 or so views why does he no try another forum to get readers?
Diane B.
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March 05, 2012
Apparently bumper stickers and church decals aren't enough for some people--they want to give the impression that the state of Georgia officially sanctions religious belief by way of their license plates.
EMBuckner
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March 05, 2012
The Agitator is too mild and reasonable about legislators who are plainly engaged in sheer demagoguery. Not only is making IGWT stickers available to citizens potentially interference with law enforcement who'd be aided by knowledge of what county a tag is from, it's also directly contradictory to the Georgia Constitution:

Article I, Section II, Paragraph VII, declares: "Separation of church and state. No money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect, cult, or religious denomination or any sectarian institution."

Please note that this prohibits spending any of my tax dollars, directly or indirectly, to support religion--so printing up tag stickers is unacceptable, whatever their actual cost, even if tagholders do pay a dollar. And it's utterly unnecessary as well, since anyone can go online and find many sites that will print up bumper stickers for your car. These can say "In God We Rust" or your favorite religious slogan in about any size, color, shape, etc., you want. So reasonable citizens, especially "conservatives," should not want government doing something for them they can easily do for themselves.
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