Florida lawmakers debate offering a Christian license plate

MIAMI (AP) - Florida drivers can order more than 100 specialty license plates celebrating everything from manatees to the Miami Heat, but one now under consideration would be the first in the nation to explicitly promote a specific religion.

The Florida Legislature is considering a specialty plate with a design that includes a Christian cross, a stained-glass window and the words “I Believe.”

Rep. Edward Bullard, the plate’s sponsor, said people who “believe in their college or university” or “believe in their football team” already have license plates they can buy. The new design is a chance for others to put a tag on their cars with “something they believe in,” he said.

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It would only be “constitutional” if it were any religion OTHER than Christianity.:cool:

To the Secular Relativists. Freedom of Religion is only for Non-Christians. :rolleyes:

Personally to avoid a court battle, I would think Christians would put a bumper sticker on their car to indicate their strong belief. My reasoning for this is because I know the extra fees for specialty plates go to the charity or cause they are promoting and I don’t believe this would be passed by any legislature.

Why not? If the money goes to Catholic Charities or World Vision or some other christian Charity, I don’t see the problem. I know there was talk in one of the states I lived in (Oregon?) of having a KofC license plate. Does anyone out there have KofC license plates approved in their state?

If other religions and/or religious groups petition for a personalized plate that supports a charity, it should be approved.

What concerns me is that such a universal Christian symbol such as the cross will probably only benefit only a few Christian denominations. Why would Catholics want to purchase a license plate with a Cross on it if the money will go to churches that may bash Catholicism?

Well said. I think too many Christians need a legislative or supreme court majority to affirm their faith. I think the world will be a much better place when all the energy that goes into passing such legislative iniatives goes into to other forms of charity. The motive behind separation of church and state is that it becomes a slippery slope. Imagine sending your child to a public school and the teacher makes them bow towards Mecca, sing to Krishna, or he gets some Fundy hack that tells him the Pope is the Antichrist, The Church is the Whore of Babylon, and praying to Mary is a sin.

Louisiana has a KofC plate

and Texas

and Missouri

and Virginia

ok I’ll stop now … anyway if several states have K of C plates, why not a general (generic?) Christian one?

If a license plate is issued for Christians, then the government would have to issue plates for any other religion (or non-religion, for that matter). Is that affordable, considering the number of small religions in the US? If any religion was turned down, would there be lawsuits? Would there be a lawsuit based upon separation of church and state?

Give them plates with a 4x4 blank square and slap a sharpie down on the counter :slight_smile:

IIRC the requirement for the KofC plates had to do with the number of people demanding such a plate. It seems reasonable to me to have some sort of minimum…either through pre-orders, petitions, etc. Other than that, I don’t see a problem with offering to others, as long as it does not have offensive content (e.g. nazi symbols, pornography, expletives, etc.)

For those who think there can’t be limits, you need to understand there already are restrictions on personalized plates.

Thanks…I figured someone had them approved, and, as you say, if KofC is okay, why not a cross? :shrug:

Yes, that is how Iowa handles it. Bicyclists recently got a “share the road” plate, but 500 people had to pledge to buy it first.

as long as it does not have offensive content (e.g. nazi symbols, pornography, expletives, etc.)

That is what worries me. A number of socially destructive intents pass themselves off as religions.

In order for specialty plates to be issued there has to be a demand for them first. If there are enough Pastafarians that petition the state for plates then they get their plates. I personally don’t care if every swinging Richard has his own vanity plate. It’s no skin off my back either way.

I think this is only an issue because it’s a Christian symbol. I’d bet a full new shiney nickel that if the news article was, “Muslim symbol now available on state plates,” we’d hear, “How tolerant of the state.”

And if it was a Muslim symbol, I’d still say, "More power to ya, have whatever you want. It’s your car.

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