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Senate Oks free 'In God We Trust' car tag decals

In this 2011 file photo, Gov. Nathan Deal, left, and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle announce the winner of Georgia’s license plate contest Atlanta. Linda Sosebee of Forsyth created the winning design, which features peaches in the foreground against a backdrop of green hills.

In this 2011 file photo, Gov. Nathan Deal, left, and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle announce the winner of Georgia’s license plate contest Atlanta. Linda Sosebee of Forsyth created the winning design, which features peaches in the foreground against a backdrop of green hills.

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Georgia Senate has approved legislation that could make the optional "In God We Trust" decals for state license plates free.

Senate Bill 293 was passed by a vote of 48-3. It would also end the requirement for license plates to display a county decal and would make them optional.

Currently, Georgia drivers have the option of adding the religious decal to the car tag for an additional dollar.

The license plate bill comes after the state had to re-do a public contest last year because "In God We Trust" appeared on possible designs without making it clear the motto was a sticker and not permanent.


Online:

http://www.legis.ga.gov

Comments

RiggaTony 2 years, 10 months ago

I know it's popular to malign our state government officials right now, but I'm very glad they were able to get this very important piece of legislation passed. I should not be forced to pay in order to proudly display my religous convictions on my state mandated vehicle identification. Me and my Tercel are anxiously awaiting our free sticker. Hooray for Conservatives and down with big government!

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cmatyjasik 2 years, 7 months ago

Wow...really? You think it's important that you "...proudly display my religious convictions..."? Well...let's talk about that, shall we? I'm big on Taoism. I don't worship God nor do I worship the Devil. I'm not evil or a heathen and I respect you and I very much respect the Christian faith wholeheartedly. And there are other spiritual faiths that have beliefs that differ from yours, like Muslims and Buddhists...and that's a baseline freedom and equality factor in our country. I believe in and served abroad to protect the freedoms of EVERYONE here at home to exercise their religious beliefs in this country, within reason, and to all be treated as equals as citizens of a nation founded on principles of equality. So...can I get a meaningful phrase from the book of teachings of my choosing, the Tao Te Ching, on my tag? NO! Am I upset about it...no, of course not. What completely silliness this is, if you pause to think on it a moment. My car tag has nothing to do with my spiritual beliefs. It's an identification device for my vehicle. Good grief. Get over your pride. Your religion doesn't teach that. I'm sure that God wouldn't be upset with you that your vehicle identification device doesn't mention Him. Mahatma Gandhi once said, "I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ." It seems Christians often lose sight of what's important to their faith and what Christ taught. Let's all try to be respectful of one another and mindful of our differences. Just some food for thought. Have a nice day!

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Leucis 2 years, 10 months ago

And...why? I want a free Flying Sphaghetti Monster sticker for my license plate too!

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