If the image of the cross appeared on every license plate that South Carolina produced, that would be unconstitutional. Unwilling drivers would have religious symbols thrust at them by the state. But if you don’t want an “I Believe” plate on your car, all you have to do is not ask for one. Why should it be illegal for the state to sell me one? In our society of free-market capitalism, consumer sovereignty says the buyer decidies what get produced and sold, not the government.
This post is an update to my original article Separation of Church and State. There is a lively discussion going on over at Americans United for the Separaton of Church and State about the South Carolina lisence plate issue. Here’s a link.
Let’s also keep this in perspective: Christians in China would probably find the heated debate over this issue laughable. Any underground church, hiding from their government in order to meet, has bigger issues to actually worry about. We are so spoiled rotten by being blessed beyond measure in this country, we don’t know what persecution is.
UPDATE, AUG 12 – Denise Gibel-Molini has written one of the best articles on separation of church and state I’ve read in a long time (yes, including mine). It’s about the War in Iraq, and is a little long, but is very well researched and I believe historically accurate.