Texas plates go under scrutiny

Brooke Self

March 28, 2012

Brooke Self

Opinion By Brooke Self

ONE NATION under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The words once recited at the beginning of every school day across America are, once again, under attack. Specifically, one word has some Texans upset: God.

A license plate that declares Texas as “One State Under God” went on sale last week, despite outcries from critics. The critics say government tags shouldn’t be endorsing religion.

The license plate also features an image of the crosses at Calvary, the site where the crucifixion of Jesus Christ occurred. Each plate costs $55, and some of the proceeds go to a group that works with underprivileged children.

Some critics say religious statements on vehicles are what bumper stickers are for, some say it is disrespectful and others say it shows that Texas is unwelcoming to other religions. Is this really what we’re arguing about now?

These plates are products that you can buy, if you so please, just like any other item that can be purchased depicting any religion.

It’s not like Texans are being forced to use the “One State Under God” license plate, which currently can be purchased only online at www.myplates.com.

The website also allows people to create their very own license plate by choosing colors, designs and letters.

People can choose from different basic designs ranging from sports teams to charities, schools and organizations, and they also have the option to pick their own letters to be displayed on the plate.

I don’t see critics singling out other groups such as University of Texas fans with plates featuring the phrase, “Hook ’Em, Horns” or the Texan with a plate that says, “All Hail the Mighty State,” which both have the ability to offend.

People can spell out nearly anything they want on these plates as long as it’s no more than six letters.

I am sure some of the words and phrases people put on their plates have the capability to offend someone somewhere.

It seems that Christians too often are singled out these days.

I do remember something in the Constitution about freedom of religion.

Aren’t there more important issues of state to be focusing on? These critics should find something else to bitch about.

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