How’d your Beamer look with this baby on the back?
According to the Los Angeles Times, these clearly unconstitutional license plates, called “Calvary Hill,” were just approved by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Texas governor (and presidential candidate) Rick Perry refused to comment, which is a tacit endorsement given his opposition earlier this year to a Confederate-flag plate proposed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
It’s even more unconstitutional than just the picture and motto, for the money goes to baby Jesus:
Motorists who choose to buy the plate pay a surcharge, which is divided between the state and the sponsoring group — in the case of Calvary Hill, a Christian-based youth anti-gang ministry in the east Texas city of Nacogdoches.
And this would be funny if it weren’t so sadly typical of Dysfunctional America:
But Jonathan Saenz, the director of legislative affairs for the Austin offices of the conservative Liberty Institute, blogged in support of the plates, saying critics are attacking Christians.
“People have this view that Christians should be treated as second-class citizens when it comes to exercising their 1st Amendment rights,” Saenz told The Times, adding that when it comes to purchasing the plates, “This is a private decision and private speech.”
“It’s ludicrous for anyone to suggest that because someone puts a license plate on their car, that is endorsing religion,” he said, adding that the design is “about as mainstream Texan and American as you can get.”
I wonder how a plate with a crescent moon and the slogan “One State Under Allah” would fare.
And if you’re a Texas (or anyone else, I guess), you can complain to the Texas DMV by filling in the online form here.
If you’re one of those equal-time folks, you might suggest the following plate, created by reader tabb: