published Friday, July 15th, 2011

'In God We Trust' confusion delays new Georgia car tag

ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal has delayed selecting a new Georgia license plate due to confusion over whether the motto "In God We Trust" would be on the winning design.

Deal had been set to take the wraps off the new Georgia plate at the state Capitol Friday.

More than 500 design entries were submitted by the public. A panel of Georgia college and university art professors narrowed the selection to eight. An online public vote chose the final three designs.

But some of the designs presented online contained the motto "In God We Trust" while others did not.

The motto is actually an optional sticker that may be purchased for an additional dollar at county tag offices.

Deal said online voting will reopen Monday to choose the winning plate.

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esaletnik said...

Would it be a dollar for a "Praise Allah" sticker also?

July 15, 2011 at 10:57 a.m.
librul said...

Boy - selective editing, i.e. censorship - a hallmark of the "news-free" press.

As I said yesterday ... as an atheist, since I find these plates offensive, will Georgia drivers in Tennessee and Tennessee drivers with "jesus plates" be subject to citation?

July 15, 2011 at 11:25 a.m.
plcoll said...

This is America. We do trust in GOD. If you don't like it, go where your god or lack there of is. We are at a place now where Mr. Deal and many, many others can stand up for what THIS NATION was founded upon. This is going way to far. You can't come to a country and make up a god of your own and think we will just embrace it. Don't come into our homeland and change it. HELLO, WHERE ARE OUR CHURCHES? Better start finding your voices! Christians are what is giving our country away.

July 15, 2011 at 11:39 a.m.
LibDem said...

This phrase was added to coinage in the 1860's and to currency in the 1950's. Being religious and being honest are not mutually exclusive qualities.

That not withstanding, while auto plates are a revenue source for states, their primary function should be identification. Why not try to create the most legible design possible skipping all the artsy/craftsy stuff.

July 15, 2011 at 11:59 a.m.
barbiedolljo said...

I would LOVE to have that option in TN to have "In God we Trust". I praise Him everyday and would love to show it on my tags. Georgia should be glad to have the option. And those of you who don't like it, be glad it's a "option" not a requirement. And I love the pretty plates. I'm woman and I love pretty things.

July 15, 2011 at 12:05 p.m.
prprincess said...

I actually participated in the online voting (ga resident) and was also confused by the "In God We Trust" differences. I actually liked a design better than the one i voted for because I prefer counties on the plates. I will vote again. However, I think it is a pretty good marketing tactic to get people thinking about the "In God We Trust" option. If the first time you heard about it was when you are applying for the new tag, you might ignor it and they wouldn't make their $1. I don't know.

July 15, 2011 at 1:03 p.m.
prprincess said...

Okay plcoll...in that case! We should be worshipping and following the gods of the Native Americans. Since ya know...you can't just come up into someone's country and make up your own god and expect the people who already live there to embrace it. Oh wait...something sounds familiar here. Our founding fathers wanted this country to be a country embracing freedom of religion, or lack there of. Please do not be ignorant.

July 15, 2011 at 1:09 p.m.
TwoLostSouls said...

@indian & picoll: I love 'merican fundamentalist christians. They're totally ignorant of their own history, geography and beliefs, dismissing all knowledge in favor of make-believe.

"In God We Trust" was not printed nor stamped on your money from the first time it was printed/stamped. Your founding fathers were not christians and certainly supported freedom from religion.

It may be your "homeland" now, but you shamelessly stole it from the natives, slaughtering them in wholesale in the name of your make-believe god.

It must be an off-day for you both. Neither of you slammed science while on your scientifically produced computers. Christianity seems to be in the business of mass-producing hypocrites and ignoramuses. Have a nice day!

July 15, 2011 at 1:54 p.m.
barbiedolljo said...

TwoLostSouls, you are lost. Our founding fathers WERE Christians and left England so they could worship Jesus freely. You are lost indeed.

July 15, 2011 at 2 p.m.
prprincess said...

No they were not actually. The pilgrims who came here in the 1500's perhaps...but two-hundred years later....the founding fathers were born here and were self-proclaimed diests (Thomas Jefferson/ Ben Franklin)not Christians. I am a Christian myself so don't get offended. I just know our country's history. And anyway, that is beside the actual point here. The point is that our founding fathers...whatever religion you think they were...did express importance of freedom of religion in our country and wrote it into the constitution, as well as separation of church and state which is the bigger issue here.

July 15, 2011 at 2:39 p.m.
prprincess said...

I shall correct myself: the pilgrims and puritans fled England for religious freedom in the mid 1600's a mere 100 years before the births of our founding fathers.

July 15, 2011 at 2:43 p.m.
maggie11 said...

I'm not an immigrant, and I am an American. I am glad the sticker is an option. I don't want anyone telling me what words I should, or should not, have on my car tag!! My religious preferences are personal to me, and I don't feel like blurting it out on my car. Too bad if some of you don't like that. It's my car, AND my tag!

July 15, 2011 at 2:48 p.m.
chattpatriot08 said...

@TwoLostSouls, unfortunately your name says it all..

July 15, 2011 at 2:51 p.m.
u4icmusic said...

I also am not an immigrant and I think the "In God we Trust" sticker should not even be offered. If they are going to offer that sticker, then they also need to offer other stickers for the oppsosing view. Keep religion out of government, it's the law.

July 15, 2011 at 5:08 p.m.
maggie11 said...

It seems that some of you forgot that we are a nation of FREEDOM and JUSTICE for ALL. Our nation has always welcomed everyone and their cultures and their views. Why change now? That being said, do you realize how many different religious views there are in our country? AND, everybody thinks their religion is THE true religion. If we have the option of one, then why not have the option of all? Seems to me if some of you don't like that idea, then maybe YOU should move. Just sayin'.

July 15, 2011 at 5:37 p.m.
LibDem said...

indian: I think your position is stronger when you avoid rewriting history. That's not a criticism of your position just your method.

The phrase on money has been there a long time. We're all used to it. It's not a problem for me. I don't think it hurts anyone (though I can't speak for everyone). I'm not aware of any move to remove it.

Trust me, when there's a pop quiz, there's a whole lot of praying going on at school. There's no way anyone can stop that. The objection is school endorsed prayer. Why do people require a leader to pray? Can't people be trusted to create their own prayers?

I'm not aware of a move to remove "under God" from the Pledge. You certainly can skip it if you don't like it. I do. No harm done.

I've asked before and have no answer. What is the purpose of the Commandments in our courthouses? Three Commandments deal with murder, theft and lying. These have been a part of common law in all cultures without benefit of these particular Commandments. The remainder of the Commandments have no relation to our laws and courts. What is the purpose of this display?

July 15, 2011 at 5:52 p.m.
328Kwebsite said...

In votes they doubt, apparently.

July 15, 2011 at 8:39 p.m.
tderng said...

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

this does not mean that a state cannot place a religous statement on a tag or anywhere else is so pleases so long as it isn't on federal property.IMO this gives the states the right to exercise their religion if they so choose.

July 15, 2011 at 8:44 p.m.
brokentoe said...

indian said... "In GOD we trust" has been on our money since it was first printed or stamped

That's not true, indian. "In GOD we trust" hasn't always been printed on American currency. You really need to brush up on your American history.

The inclusion of the national motto, "In God We Trust," on all currency was required by law in 1955 and first appeared on paper money in 1957.

July 15, 2011 at 8:46 p.m.
librul said...

"Religion is the equivalent of a childhood neurosis." Freud

July 16, 2011 at 11:41 a.m.
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