Mandatory 'God' License Plate Under Fire In Miss.

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Americans United has written to officials in Mississippi, demanding that they stop compelling motorists to use a license plate that contains the motto "In God We Trust."

A new state law puts an image of the state seal, which includes "In God We Trust," on the default license plate. To avoid getting a plate with the religious slogan, residents have to pay extra fees for a specialty plate.

Attorneys with Americans United say this arrangement is unconstitutional.

"Government must never pressure citizens to publicly display any religious belief," wrote AU Associate Legal Director Alex J. Luchenitser to Mississippi Department of Revenue Commissioner Herb Frierson and Attorney General Jim Hood. "Yet Mississippi is forcing its many residents...

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