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  •  I don't have a problem with a religious vanity (2+ / 0-)
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    burrow owl, whoosiermama

    plate. If someone pays for it then I don't see the problem.

    •  It's a problem because it is issued by the.... (5+ / 0-)

      state, and it could be viewed as a state endorsement of religion.  That is unconstitutional, even in Florida.

      This is not your ordinary vanity plate, because the "religious endorsement" portion (i.e. the image of Jesus and the cross) is created by the state.  This is more than just a message printed on a nondescript plate.

      Any party that would lie to start a war would also steal an election.

      by landrew on Sat Apr 25, 2009 at 04:11:26 PM PDT

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      •  Again I don't see the state "endorsing" religion (1+ / 0-)
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        burrow owl

        if the person has to pay for the plate and they don't make everyone get it. Getting the religious plates is optional, not mandatory. I would only have an issue with it if FL was making everyone get the Jesus plates. Otherwise, if people want those plates, I have no problem with them getting them for their cars.

        •  Thankfully, it's become a non-issue.... (2+ / 0-)
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          Dar Nirron, Cassandra Waites

          Before the day was over, the Anti-Defamation League and the ACLU registered opposition, and across the hall in the House, proposals for the same plates were withdrawn from legislation.

          http://www.miamiherald.com/...

          So, it appears the whole thing is dead since it won't pass both houses.

          Any party that would lie to start a war would also steal an election.

          by landrew on Sat Apr 25, 2009 at 04:34:03 PM PDT

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        •  Problem with specialty plates... (0+ / 0-)

          The problem is not the individual who paid to advertise, the problem is for the rest of us.

          I have several religious and non-religious options, which could invite road rage, shooting or plain excessive hassling by the Security Organs of the State, and wannabes.

          So how about LARGE clear plates like the Europeans have? With a small shield or ID of region of registration. The later is to give trivia buffs and little children something to watch out for.

      •  Some courts agree with Oceanstar. (0+ / 0-)

        ie, courts split on the issue.  

        We are building a team that is continuously being built. - Sarah Palin

        by burrow owl on Sat Apr 25, 2009 at 05:02:05 PM PDT

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      •  Indiana already has god plates (1+ / 0-)
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        Dar Nirron

        They don't cost any extra even though they're specialized plates and they say "In god we trust". I think there was a lawsuit to stop the BMV from issuing the plates but it didn't go anywhere. I had to pay extra for my yellow ribbon plates honoring 2 of my sons serving in the military right now.

    •  religious identification issued by the state.... (0+ / 0-)

      .....anyone remember those gold star lapel pins...?

      Kinda' like that but in reverse.  

      "What's the matter with those new people who moved in down the block?  They don't have an I Believe license plate, they must be atheists or Jews or something!"

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