The thing about interest groups working with government is — well, they’re interested in stuff. Some are even interested in Jesus.
After a Texas state panel, acting this month, roundly defeated a proposal for a specialized license plate displaying the Confederate flag, the same panel now has on its December docket the question of a license plate customized with three crosses on it.
Next up for the board in December will be a vote on a proposed plate showing the three Christian crosses at Calvary, with the words “One State Under God,” proposed by a Nacogdoches church to raise money for its ministry projects.
State governments should never be the fundraising arms of local churches. It’s one thing for an optional license plate to benefit museums, non-profit groups, or veterans affairs… but to take sides on which religious groups it wants to support? The DMV would be setting itself up for a lawsuit as soon as a Mosque or atheist group or Jewish group filed for a license plate and got rejected. (Then again, maybe they’d learned their lesson if that happened.)
Right now, the state sells specialty plates reading “God Bless Texas” and “God Bless America.” But in both cases, 80% of the proceeds go back to the Texas Education Agency.
What do you think? If the panel approves the plate, will it have crossed a line? Or is this a welcome pairing of a nonprofit entity’s fundraiser in a state that’s sometimes known for religious fervor?