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Monday, March 23, 2009

Indiana, God, and License Plates

By Rick Pearcey • March 23, 2009, 10:13 AM

"Indiana has scrapped a problematic policy that deals with personalized license plates," reports OneNewsNow. "Following the filing of a lawsuit, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in the Hoosier State has decided to abandon a policy against references to religion or a deity on what are commonly referred to as 'vanity license plates'." 

It's good to hear that mention of God is now OK in the great state of Indiana. Because said mention is already OK in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Founders' vision, and in any locale that respects the nonliberal, nonsecular mission statement set forth by the aforementioned documents and otherwise known as the American Experiment. 

Our true Creator is of course a public figure and has nothing to do with "religion" or "faith" in the poor, privatized, blind sense of those words in vogue in some circles today. In politics, for example, where elected officials on Capitol Hill vote for bills they have not read. Sometimes the President even signs them. Sorry, but this kind of blind faith is subhuman and pathetic. Any reasonable person or citizenry would revolt.

And that truncated view of "faith" has nothing to do with rich, evidentially grounded and reasonable call for wholistic commitment that shines so brightly in the public record we have of God's dealing with humanity in the history and information given in the Old and New Testaments. One wishes the politicians would live up to the Creator's high and humane standards of rationality and debate. Or at least make the effort.

Meanwhile, it's nice to see that the Indiana Department of Motor Vehicles has decided to rejoin America. The content of the Declaration affirms a real Creator and rejects a false patriotism reduced to geography.

Shout it from the mountain tops, put it on a license plate, but most of all, live it out with a measure of integrity in every sphere of your daily life. That kind of "vanity" we can live with.