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Atheists in Mississippi want a separation between Church and “Plate.”
On Tuesday, American Atheists, the Mississippi Humanist Association and three nonreligious Mississippi residents filed a federal lawsuit against Mississippi over the state’s “In God We Trust” license plate, according to WLBT.
The complaint accuses the Mississippi Commissioner of Revenue of violating the people’s freedom of speech and religion by forcing them to display the national motto on their personal vehicles.
The Mississippi license plate has included “In God We Trust” since 2019, but plaintiffs claim car owners are forced to promote the religious statement or pay fee for a specialty plate without it. Further, there are no alternatives to the “In God we Trust” plate for motorcycles, trailers,
“Wherever I use my trailer, I am forced to profess a religious idea that I do not believe,” plaintiff Jasson Allan Griggs said in the lawsuit. “Imagine a Christian having to drive around with ‘In No God We Trust’ or ‘In Allah We Trust.”
Mississippi Gov. Tate Raves (R) vowed to defend the plate’s motto in a campaign video released Tuesday.
“I will defend “In God We Trust” on our tag, on our flag, and on our state seal…. Every. Single. Day,” Reeves said in a tweet.
Wake Up Memphis Host Tim Van Horn offered a solution for the outraged atheists: electrical tape and sharpies.
“If you are so offended, you can cover it up as long as you’re not blocking the identity of your tag,” he said during the show Monday.
“If you remove it, are we forsaking God because “In God We Trust” is not on the back of our car or on our dollar bill or any kind of currency?” Van Horn asked. “If no God exists, don’t be offended that the Declaration of Independence and other “In God We Trust” stuff is hanging on school walls when you enter because if he doesn’t exist, why be offended?”
Listen to Tim Van Horn discuss the license plate controversy below: