Saturday, April 19, 2008

In G-d We Trust Licencse

There has been a lot of controversy over the 'In G-d We Trust' license plates that some states issue. The ACLU and various left organizations contend that the plates are unconstitutional because they violate either preferential treatment to one group or another or church-state 'barrier' concerns.

The biggest legal argument going is the fact that the tags are not a 'specialty' tag (thus costing more) and that makes them more likely to be chosen by the motorist [which is what the offended orgs do not want]. However, no matter what happened, if they charged a small fee for the tag; then these same 'victims' would be using the same arguments because of the money collected for a religious tag. It's a classic catch-22 being played out in many a court system.

One small battle in this ongoing saga has been played out and it seems the good guys have won (this time). In Indiana a judge ruled that the tag did not provide preferential treatment and dismissed the ACLU lawsuit. Of course the ACLU will appeal and continue it's very best at eroding the morals and rights of all the US citizens it can.

With willing help from most left-leaning individuals, the ACLU is happily making this a generic, clean place to live where the only offended people will be the dead; who, unfortunately, will be the only people able to do anything.

INDIANAPOLIS — A judge has upheld the issuance of Indiana license plates bearing the message "In God We Trust," dismissing a constitutional challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana.

Marion Superior Court Judge Gary L. Miller wrote in a 13-page opinion that the plates were comparable to standard plates issued by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and were created specifically as such by the Legislature.

"Courts are not to second-guess the Indiana General Assembly when it comes to calculations of this sort," Miller wrote, contrasting the `In God We Trust' plates with other specialty plates that require the payment of administrative fees.

Miller said the issuance of the plates did not violate the section of the Indiana Constitution that forbids the Legislature from granting special privileges or immunities not available to all citizens.

The ruling, issued April 10, denies a motion for summary judgment in the suit by the ACLU on behalf of Mark E. Studler, an Allen County resident who has an Environmental Trust plate for which he had to pay extra fees.



James Shott said...

I suppose we should feel good that there aren't any really important civil liberties being violated, eh?

Lord Nazh said...

the ACLU does some good things, but overall they are more of a waste of space than anything

James Shott said...

Yes, they actually represent a conservative cause, once in a great while, and I am always surprised.

Crushed said...

I see you liked the Religion, Icons and Idealism post :)
Though you must have been the first person to read it- the spellcheck was down on blogger till I got back in two hours later :)

Thanks for the link anyway! You're a true southern gentleman.

Lord Nazh said...

It was a good one :)

I wondered if anyone actually read the side-bar

Crushed said...

My attention was caught by the pictures above..
Then I noticed the writing and thought 'That looks something I might say. In fact I DID say that! Recently!' :)

Seriously, it's good to get debate going on these points, it's what the blogosphere is for, really, I think. I've recently regained my faith in the medium.

Debbie said...

Does money win out or do the 'offended'?

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Debbie Hamilton
Right Truth

James Higham said...

Excellent piece I confess I missed but will run it tomorrow.


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