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Now church and state are literally on the same plate.

As anyone could have predicted -- and we did -- a suit has been filed over South Carolina's decision to issue a vanity license plate that has a Christian motif and the message "I believe."

The suit was filed by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.

Here's the story from the Associated Press.

Whoops, better stop there. Shit, I almost quoted the AP!

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Submitted by Pat J on

Scary isn't it? This Obama lovefest is fast developing into something akin to the 30's blind obedience and the laughable adoration on display in North Korea. Cults are like that. Beneath that veneer is a sinister message just dying to get out.

When the rabid Obama supporters, along with a malleable press, refuse criticism or even questioning of their preferred candidate, it merely reinforces my own thoughts that something just ain't right in the homeland. A little mixture of religion always makes the good folks feel righteous and puts a much needed luster onto the sham.

I intend to just bury my head in the sand this November. The choice of either candidate is a travesty.

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Submitted by BDBlue on

Why do people feel the need to display their faith on a license plate? The constant need to display, declare and otherwise shout "I Believe" makes me wonder if deep down, they really don't. Not to mention "I Believe" is as open ended and vague as "Change."

From Arrested Development:

Michael: Okay, I don’t think you should be going on this Promise Land thing.

George Michael: What? Why? Is this because I’d miss school?

Michael: No, no.

Maeby: You get to miss school for that?

Narrator: And that’s when Maeby decided to become a devout Christian.

Maeby: Do you guys know where I could get one of those gold necklaces with the ‘T’ on it?

Michael: That’s a cross.

Maeby: Across from where?

Although it's really all in Jason Bateman's reaction.

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Submitted by BoGardiner on

My parents were loudly self-proclaimed fundamentalists and right-wing activists. (Well, I had to get my activism from somewhere.) It was very clear to me from a young age that they were driven not by compassion for the souls of others but conservative politics and a desire to regulate behavior that revolted them. While I wouldn't characterize all religious folk this way, I think it does explain the ones who push for this garbage.

I have long thought religious activists protest too loudly and are secretly shaky in their faith. I indisputably proved this while winning a rainy-day bet recently, which I really oughtta publish. Hours of net research, including the major online prayer databases, produced absolutely zero examples of anyone praying for restoration of an amputated limb, while every possible ailment that could possibly be healed without supernatural help was present. Any psychologist must surely admit that this means that deep down they believe no one's listening.

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Submitted by amberglow on

want legislation against.

They don't trust themselves against "temptation" or "sin" so seek to enshrine their moral code into law so that it's not just their willpower and desires -- or lack thereof-- at stake. And punishment is a giant part of all of it too, but personally they're weak, and they can't even follow their own faith's codes. (which should--but never does--enlighten them about the essential morality and rightness/wrongness of some of those codes to begin with)

Look at all the preachers and their sins/crimes -- those who yell loudest against stuff are often doing it all in secret-- like the GOP does.

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Submitted by dr sardonicus on

Religion in America has little to do with spirituality and more to do with culture. Displaying Christian symbols openly is for most people just a way of signaling to their fellow citizens that they are part of what they believe to be the cultural mainstream.

On my way to work today I saw an Indiana plate that read "in God We Trust" and an Alabama plate with "God Bless America".

When I checked the Alabama DMV website I saw a category called "Generic Race Plates". I shuddered at first, then clicked on it to find that this was a reference to NASCAR. However, Alabama residents can order a Sons Of Confederate Veterans license plate if you feel the generic race plate is an insufficient symbol of your whiteness.

VastLeft, should you move to Alabama, you may be required to purchase plates with "ATHEIST" displayed in big block letters. You may also be required to paint a target on your vehicle and wear a fluorescent orange jumpsuit whenever you leave your house.

...for the rest of us

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Submitted by vastleft on

As it happens, I'm being ordered to get license plates that say "Not a proper PUMA."

Things are tough all over.