Discrimination Tag in Mississippi

Normally we avoid talking about In God We Trust on license plates because normally, those are specialty plates and you pay an fee to have them. They are generally offered as one of many choices so that makes them just part of options and does not violate the 1st amendment.
However, when the state changes the standard plate to include In God We Trust and do not offer an alternative standard plate, we have a problem.

Mississippi will be changing their old design, which had a blue guitar to now have the state seal.  In God We Trust was added to the state seal in 2014.

Gov. Phil Bryant used social media Thursday to announce the replacement.

His tweet shows a tan license plate with the state seal in the center.

“I was proud to sign legislation in 2014 that added the United States National Motto, ‘In God We Trust,’ to the Mississippi State Seal,” Bryant tweeted. “Today, I am equally delighted to announce that it will adorn our new Mississippi license plates.”

As I said the problem here is that there is no alternative standard tag.  In order to not have this phrase on your vehicle, you must pay extra.  Based on the Mississippi DOR website, this is about a $30 fee just so you don’t have to promote religion on your car.

It seems to me that there is some sort of discrimination going on here.  I can see the lawsuits being written already.

There needs to be an alternative plate that those that disagree with this statement can use without an extra fee.

Here is where you come in,  let Governor Phil Bryant  know we do not agree with this change. Calling is the best way to get your point across. Call Governor Bryant’s office at 601-359-3150. and let him know you oppose this.  You can also contact him via this contact form, Twitter @PhilBryantMS or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/im4phil

Robert Ray

Robert is the founder of The Original Motto Project. He is a avid secular activist that likes to dabble into small electronics in his spare time. He and his wife Amy co-host the Secular Yakking podcast. He lives in the Puget sound with his wife and 3 daughters.