"My compliments to J. Kirby for the revealing article “State-sponsored Christian Doctrine?” (March 21-28) Before reading this piece, I had no idea that there was no additional “group fee” for the embarrassing, exclusionary and disrespectful “In God We Trust” license plates.

I am a proud atheist who is a member of both American Atheists and The Freedom From Religion Foundation, and I feel confident that if I wished to express my views by paying the fee for a so-called “vanity” license plate reading ATHEIST that I would be turned down out-of-hand by the BMV.

I can’t pay to express my views on a license plate, but the state of Indiana allows others to do so at the expense of all its taxpayers, and at no extra cost to the individual, as long as it agrees with a monotheistic viewpoint? Could it be any more exclusionary and disrespectful? Not from where I stand.

Daniel Wade

Indianapolis

 

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