Gotta love those crazy Floridians.
It seems as though there's a motion being put forward to make a new specialty license plate that you can purchase in the 'great' state of Florida. Yes, that's right - rather than plastering another in your fleet of Jesus fish on the back of your car, you can slap a cross on your actual license plate.
Wanna see what they're considering? It's just glorious, let me tell you.
Wow. That's just . . . special.
My issue with this, however, runs deeper than my distaste for gaudy crosses. The problem? What happens to the other religions? Are we going to offer a nice Buddhist license plate with a silhouette of the Buddha or perhaps a nice wheel with eight spokes? Or one with the moon and star of Islam? Or one with a big, gold Angel Moroni for us Mormons?
And where's my Flying Spaghetti Monster one?
Frankly, I think that Florida may have opened a can of worms it won't know how to close if this is actually created. Offering from a state office certain religious symbols without making equal consolations for all other faiths will be a mess, and the creator of this initiative will be crucified in court.
The ACLU has made a statement about it, saying,
The problem with the state manufacturing the plate is that it “sends a message that Florida is essentially a Christian state” and, second, gives the “appearance that the state is endorsing a particular religious preference,” said Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida.
I agree with them completely. This is wholly inappropriate in just about every way you can slice it. You've got to love this quote, though, from Rep. Kelly Skidmore about this situation:
“It’s not a road I want to go down. I don’t want to see the Star of David next. I don’t want to see a Torah next. None of [those other religions that I am not a part of] are appropriate to me,” said Skidmore, a Democrat who voted against the plate in committee. “I just believe that.”
I wonder if this passes, will Atheists be offered one that says "I DON'T BELIEVE"?
This is the one I'd go for . . .
PS I know I promised my murder story next, but it's taking a long time for me to write it. Longer than I thought. I guess I still haven't completely processed what happened that night. I'll get it done soon, I hope.