I don’t know why all the fuss over the “In God We Trust” specialty license plates in Indiana (“State-sponsored Christian Doctrine?” March 21-28). In most cases, specialty plates are sponsored by some group or organization. According to your own article in a recent NUVO issue, the sponsoring organization determines the “group fee” one must pay to obtain one of that group’s plates. This suggests that the “group fee” collected by the BMV for these plates goes to the sponsoring organization, not the state, and is a way for the sponsor to raise money. It seems to bother a lot of people that no “group fee” is collected for the “In God We Trust” plates. That is because there is no single sponsoring organization that would receive the money. Hoosiers are free to express themselves that way if they wish. If you don’t wish, then you don’t have to get one of those plates. It’s that simple.
The First Amendment to our Constitution grants all Americans the right to their religion and the right to express it. One is not required to pass a litmus test of not offending anyone before they can express themselves. Granted, free speech is constrained by laws against slander or libel, which means people are protected against having others tell lies about them or subject them to other hate speech. But as long as no one is attacking you, either individually or as a member of a group, there is no constitutional guarantee that they WILL NOT say something to disagree with or even offend you. Sorry, but there is no such constitutional guarantee.
I think it’s time for the atheists and agnostics to lighten up and find something more meaningful to bitch about.