You Have To Be Kidding!

State Rep. Steve Hurst (D-Pandering) has prefiled a bill to require the words “God Bless America” on Alabama license plates. He wants everyone to know that Alabama is part of the Bible belt. Really? Gee, otherwise no one would ever have a clue.

Hurst said he got the idea when the saw the words “God Bless America” on a specialty prisoner of war car tag. “I thought why don’t we do the same thing for all the tags in the state of Alabama. That will let all the people in America know that we are a Bible Belt state,” Hurst said…

…Hurst said “God Bless America” would not replace anything currently on Alabama car tags. State law requires that the phrase “Heart of Dixie” be on Alabama plates. “Heart of Dixie” historically appeared at the top of plates, but was moved to the bottom of the tag when former Gov. Don Siegelman had the plates redesigned and put “Stars Fell on Alabama,” also a song title, at the top.

Of course, the reporters called an atheist to respond to this foolishness. Why can’t they ever call a moderate or progressive person of faith to comment? Most of us don’t think God wants us to build idols, whether they are 5,000 pound granite monuments or license plates. But Carol Moore, of the Atheist Law Center, has a point:

“It is entirely inappropriate to have it plastered over license plates. We have enough on license plates now that we don’t need something else,” Moore said. “We have a lot more serious problems in Alabama than what’s on the license plates. We need to make sure our children in public schools can read what’s already on the license plates.”

And it would be nice if we could at least consider respecting those who don’t share “Bible belt” beliefs — or those who don’t equate patriotism and religious faith.

6 Responses to “You Have To Be Kidding!”

  1. Renee says:

    Puleeez! Why don’t they just require us to tatoo “I (heart) Jesus on our forheads”? Wait, I know, we can each tatoo our religious affiliation so we’ll know who is a true American and who we should stone.

  2. Bill says:

    But you better be extra cafeful about WHAT you tatoo on your forehead. You don’t want to get confused and put the mark of the beast on yourself and not get called up from your airplane seat when the rapture comes. I know that’s how it will be cause Tim LaHaye told me so. That’s real important, cause if the pilot gets called up and you don’t, well you’re going to get blown up. And if you got that beast mark on you when you get blowed up, well, you know.

  3. Jeff says:

    My current favorite stuck-in-traffic pasttime is trying to decipher how much more crap people can stuff into those ribbon-magnet sticker things. “Support Our Troops” yellow ribbons came first, followed by the Stars & Stripes version, with variants for POW, MIA, etc., and now there’s the ones with a cross and/or a heart-shape inside the loop.

    I (heart) Jesus on the heart, no doubt. Along with God Bless Amurka. And Roy ROCKS I (heart) 10 Commandments… Stop the insanity!

  4. Blue Gal says:

    What’s this about you might move outta Alabama if Moore is elected governor? Honey, you can go in my suitcase. I WILL be leaving.

  5. Kathy says:

    Husband and I can only go if one or the other of us finds gainful employment elsewhere. But if we’re stuck here, I’ll console myself with the knowledge that Roy will provide nonstop blog fodder throughout his term in office.

  6. I can’t wait til the Rapture comes. I’m gonna get me a free Porche GT3. Yeah!

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