Echoing some of the thoughts I've been having lately, he easily melds two hot topics - SJR-7 and our new "Separation of church and what?!" license plates - into a much more coherent and sharp reflection than I was coming up with. Perhaps it's my own innate cynicism rearing it's ugly head, but is anyone really that surprised that those stupid blue and white plates are spreading like wildfire? And am I the only person out there not really shocked that our butts were spared an amendment not because one party believed in our civil rights, but because of political and business interests? In Indiana? Where hate crimes laws are considered too liberal?
You have to read the entire article to get the connection, so I'll just toss you a couple of my favorite quotes about each point:
I suppose some plate buyers are making political or religious statements. But I have another theory: Indiana's standard plate is ugly -- a washed out farm scene with an unreadable Web address instead of a catchy slogan.
By contrast, "In God We Trust" plates feature rich colors, a patriotic flag and a legible, well-known tagline. In today's society, design rules, so many motorists will choose the prettier plate.
...It's not government's job to enforce sectarian dictates. On the contrary, Indiana's Constitution states, "no preference shall be given, by law, to any creed, religious society or mode of worship."
Prior to the House committee vote last week, more than 1,000 people rallied at the Statehouse in support of the anti-gay marriage amendment. These citizens want to defy Indiana's Bill of Rights and enjoy, on religious grounds, a privilege denied to a subset of their fellow citizens.