Beshear Seeks Optional "In God We Trust" License Plate

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear said he will seek
legislation authorizing an "In God We Trust" auto license plate when lawmakers return to Frankfort early next year.
Beshear wants Kentucky drivers to be able to choose the license
plate as an alternative to the current "Unbridled Spirit" plate the state issues.
Both plates would cost the same.
"'In God We Trust' is essentially our national motto," Beshear told The Courier-Journal. "And that national motto belongs to every American and indeed every Kentuckian. In my opinion nobody should have to pay extra to have that national motto reflected on their license plate."
Beshear's transportation secretary, Joe Prather, sent a letter on Monday asking the chairmen of the House and Senate transportation committees to pass legislation creating the new license plates next year.
Rep. Jim Gooch sponsored similar legislation earlier this year. It passed the House unanimously, but failed in the Senate.
Beshear is scheduled to begin a series of town hall meetings on
Thursday. Spokesman Dick Brown said the meetings will allow the
governor to listen to the concerns of Kentuckians and to talk to them about his goals for the state.
"Certainly, it doesn't hurt for people to see him without the filter of the media, so that they can judge for themselves the kind of job he's doing, the kind of governor he is," Brown said.
Beshear had gotten off to a rocky start with state lawmakers, who rejected his top legislative priority - a proposed constitutional amendment to allow casinos to open in the state.
Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson questioned
Beshear's motivation for proposing the license plate.
"Quite frankly, for him to come out with an issue like this as he begins a statewide image tour just smacks of politics," Robertson said.
Robertson said Beshear's call for such legislation would have
appeared more sincere if he had gotten behind the earlier proposal.
Indiana lawmakers approved an "In God We Trust" license plate in 2006. More than 1.6 million motorists in that state have gotten them since they became available in January 2007.
Information from: The Courier-Journal,

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  • by JB Location: KY on Jul 18, 2008 at 02:01 PM
    RS in Lexington: Funny thing about faith, you don't have to prove it! I have one for you, why don't you disprove it??? I am waiting....
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Jul 18, 2008 at 01:48 PM
    @ To RS in Lexington Location: Planet of the Apes on Jul 18, 2008 at 12:00 PM - Well, isn't it obvious? They just haven't evolved yet... ;)
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Jul 18, 2008 at 10:03 AM
    If God doesn't exist, please don't tell the insurance companies. I'm trying to get a claim paid from the pastor driving the church bus that hit my car. If God doesn't exist, I guess I can't continue with the insurance claim.
  • by To RS in Lexington Location: Planet of the Apes on Jul 18, 2008 at 10:00 AM
    If we evolved from apes (as those who don't believe in God think), I have a question for you...WHY DO WE STILL HAVE APES?
  • by Cynical Location: KY on Jul 18, 2008 at 08:34 AM
    Why should a license plate be on the top of the governor's "To Do List"? Shouldn't, um, I don't know, healthcare, alleviating the outrageous and growing jail/prison population, education, poverty, THE BUDGET, etc. come before a license plate? I think this is a ploy to win back the religious right he lost when he was so gung ho on gambling and casinos.
  • by veiwer on Jul 18, 2008 at 07:50 AM
    you people never seese to amaze me with all things going on you get all upset over a tag that goes on the back of a car and make mountain out of a mole hill if brashear wants a plate that says we will trust him let him do it because he thinks hes god
  • by Proof Location: f fort on Jul 18, 2008 at 05:46 AM
    RS- your breathing aren't you? Thats proof enough that something made us... we weren't just here ya know! And just as you are breathing God can take that breath away from you! He gives us a choice to how we want to live our lives and there is a consequence to everything we do right or wrong! I am not one to judge you though. God is your judge but i will pray for you!
  • by Bobbi Location: Booneville on Jul 18, 2008 at 05:37 AM
    Christians are not pushing religion down nobody's throat. We are suppose to stand up for God and that is what we are doing. If you non-believers don't like it, then you don't have to listen. We have been listening to you bad mouth God for years and use His name in vain. Have you ever wonder what would happen if it didn't rain any more? God is the one that gives you water to drink and food to eat. He is the one that helps you through your troubles. You don't believe in God but He believes in you and loved you enough to send His son to the cross to die for you. Rather you believe it or not, it's still true. I would rather live my life as if there is a God and to die to find out there isn't, than to live my life as if there is no God and to die to find out there is and the Bible was true after all. Amen
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Jul 18, 2008 at 04:51 AM
    Bob - Nonbelievers do have a plate available. It says "Unbridled Spirit". Or does the word "Spirit" have so much religious connotation that it scares you also?
  • by Ellen Location: Frankfort on Jul 18, 2008 at 04:29 AM
    I would be happy to have this license plate but what I really, really want is a bumper sticker that says "1.20.09, The End of an Error".


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