Brad Messer Commentary
Thursday, December 18, 2003


Buddha Bless Texas?

Let's see if I have this straight.

Some schools don't allow Christmas trees because students of non-Christian religions may "feel left out". But we have "In God We Trust" on our money, and apparently don't care if that makes anyone feel excluded.

Yesterday our state revealed new specialty license plates. One with a Texas flag, which reads God Bless Texas. The other has an eagle, an American flag, and reads God Bless America.

Won't those tags make some people feel left out? Bhuddists can't get plates that read Bhudda Bless Texas. There's no Allah Bless Texas. And you are likewise up a creek if you want your Lone Star State tag to invoke the various blessings of Confucianism, Baha'i, Shinto, or Taoism. What about a Branch Davidian tag, or Wiccan, or Voodoo?

Texas has left all non-Christians stranded, specialty plate-less.

Right-to-life believers are left out, too. It's quite odd: we have a Red Grapefruit tag, but Texas refuses to allow a specialty plate saying Choose Life.

It's a true fact: around here, some religions are more equal than others.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.



San Antonio Express-News 12/18/2003
Latest license plates ask God to bless Texas, America

Texas special license plates


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