Wednesday, February 13, 2008

In God We Trust License Plate

Kentuckians would be able to buy "In God We Trust" license plates under a bill that won unanimous approval Tuesday in the House Transportation Committee. OK, I’m a Christian, but come on…. Isn’t their more important issues? What about in “In Allah We Trust” “In YHWH We Trust” or “In Jehovah We Trust.”

These are all basically the same “God” with different translations and pronunciation. At a minimum, they all sprung from Judaism.

As of 2000, approximately 53% of the world's population identifies with one of the three Abrahamic [term commonly used to designate the three prevalent monotheistic religions—Christianity, Islam, and Judaism which claim Abraham as a part of their sacred history] religions (33% Christian, 20% Islam, <1% Judaism), 6% with Buddhism, 13% with Hinduism, 6% with traditional Chinese religion, 7% with various other religions, and less than 15% as non-religious.

I’m a God loving, and God fearing citizen, but this is a perfect example of why religion and government shouldn’t mix. Sure we use to do it when the Commonwealth and the nation were founded, but this is the 21st Century…. I suppose respect for all religions/translations is still beyond the General Assembly’s capability.


Anonymous said...

OMG leave it up to the Kentucky General Assembly to do something stupid like this.

"In our elected officials we do not trust."

Anonymous said...

It's a shame people don't wise up. It's about time we take back our country. This country was built on "IN GOD WE TRUST" and it's time people start learning our language. We should not have to learn theirs.Thank God we have member in the Kentucky General Assembly that believe in God and have the back bone to stand up and say so.

Brian Stephens said...

Beyond the fact that this country was founded with the notion that all men are equal (note: not that woman were equal in anyway to men) regardless of their religion and were guaranteed religious freedom by our constitution, the phrase, "In God we Trust," didn't come into existence (as in, wasn't mentioned in the Pledge of Allegiance, nor was it on any of our money) until the Cold War. In the 1950's, we added that to our cash and our pledge because we were afraid of the communists. Look it up... we weren't founded on a notion of God, we were founded on the notion that a person has the right to choose what religion they want to follow, if any, and that it doesn't matter what religion they choose, because ones' religions shouldn't have a place in the hands of the government. Regardless of anyone's views religiously, our General Assembly should have a separation of church and state, just like the US Constitution says. Offering a license plate that says "In God we Trust," means that our government is taking a stand that the only religion a Kentuckian should follow is one that believes and trusts in God, and that all other religions are wrong. In reality, no government has the right to take that stand... or to take a religious stand as a body. If one's own Christian views are what determines how a member of Congress votes, then how can he/she represent his/her diverse constituency, that may all be Muslim?

The US is a diverse place, full of diverse people, and our government, just like no other state government in the US, should not be allowed to take the stand that anyone else's religion is not the religion of that state, because there is no state religion, nor should there ever be one. Respect people who are different. Love your neighbor as you love thyself.

Anonymous said...

I hope our new plates aren't full of flag symbolism like Indiana's. I constantly see Indiana plates showing a waving flag with dirt, road salt, mud, and other grime covering the flag. People who choose to display the flag and our national motto on their cars must be careful to always keep the plate clean.

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