Arizona’s ‘In God We Trust’ Specialty Plates Are Funding an Anti-LGBT Hate Group

Dedicated vehicle license plates can be found all across the country, be it a Red Wings themed plate for Michigan drivers or an organ donor awareness plate in New Jersey. For a little more than the standard state license plate fee, drivers can make a meaningful donation toward a cause they support and spread the word while on the road.

Not all charity plates are the same, though. In Arizona, a dedicated plate, which includes the phrase “In God We Trust,” is drawing some major attention.

While this might seem innocuous, especially given that the phrase has served as the official motto of the United States for more than 60 years, many Arizona drivers are likely unaware of the purpose behind these dedicated plates. According to the Arizona’s Department of Transportation website, they are meant to defend the First Amendment and the “heritage of this state and nation” — but that isn’t the whole truth.

A portion of the funds go toward a Scottsdale-based group called the Alliance Defending Freedom — an organization considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Since at least 2000 — when it was still known as the Alliance Defense Fund — the group has continually spread rhetoric about a “homosexual agenda,” which supposedly aims to destroy Christianity and the traditional family unit both in the United States and around the world.

The group doesn’t merely print pamphlets, though. For nearly two decades, the Alliance Defending Freedom has proactively hired lawyers and backed sympathetic politicians to fight against LGBT civil rights progress.

Among its many efforts, perhaps the the group’s most profound victory came in the form of a 2000 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. In Dale v. Boy Scouts of America, an assistant scoutmaster was dismissed for being gay, with the Supreme Court ultimately favoring the Boy Scouts. The Alliance Defending Freedom provided a significant amount of legal support for the Boy Scouts.

The Alliance Defending Freedom has also proactively fought against adoption by homosexual couples, the legalization of gay marriage and trans civil rights progress. The group has even taken its efforts abroad to keep homosexuality illegal in places like India.

Of the $25 Arizona motorists spend on their “In God We Trust” plates, $17 goes to the Alliance Defending Freedom. Incredibly, this information only became public knowledge after a recent inquiry by State Sen. Juan Mendez at the urging of the Secular Coalition of Arizona.

Since 2014, the ADF has received over $900,000 from these purchases. Plate sales began in 2008 after a state law was passed the same year. That law, however, did not state that the ADF would be receiving money from specialty plate sales.

Though the license plates are advertised as supporting the First Amendment, their sale by the Arizona Department of Transportation is an ironic and blatant violation of the U.S. Constitution.

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Add your name to this Care2 petition and call on the Arizona Department of Transportation to immediately cease sales of their “In God We Trust” license plates! Not only are they actively deceiving Arizona motorists, they’re audaciously violating the First Amendment division of church and state!

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41 comments

Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeldabout a month ago

Karen and Ed,
When you refuse to acknowledge the beliefs of others, and cling to your own preconceived values, then you are just as bigoted as you claim others are.

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Tabot T
Tabot Tabout a month ago

Thanks for sharing!

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Leanne K
Leanne Kabout a month ago

A corner stone of democracy is separation of the powers. It has always surorised me that americans think they lead the world in democratic terms yet are so vocal about god. The evangelical christian god.
I wouldnt be seen in a blue fit driving a car with in god we trust plates. No state should have that as a slogan and there really shouldnt be private profits. That money needs to go to road accident victims

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Alea C
Alea Cabout a month ago

THIS MAKES ME SICK!

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David F
David Fabout a month ago

Karen and Ed O, In 2014, the SPLC placed Ben Carson - later a Republican presidential candidate and secretary of housing and urban development — on its "extremist watch list," alongside neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

In 2010, it placed the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian advocacy group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage - on its "hate map." Two years later, a gunman walked into the FRC headquarters with the intention to "kill as many as possible and smear the Chick-fil-A sandwiches in victims' faces." He told the FBI that he had used the SPLC website to pick his target.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-southern-poverty-law-center-has-lost-all-credibility/2018/06/21/22ab7d60-756d-11e8-9780-b1dd6a09b549_story.html?noredirect=on

https://www.thedailybeast.com/anti-immigration-group-files-rico-suit-against-southern-poverty-law-center-over-hate-group-label

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2018/june/southern-poverty-law-center-could-be-hit-with-60-lawsuit-landslide

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David F
David Fabout a month ago

Karen and Ed O, Unfortunately when one only listens to Fake News he / she becomes uninformed victims. The SPLC have been in the news for years exposing their bigotry against whoever they hate.
The SPLC is a once-storied organization that did important work filing civil rights lawsuits against the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. But it has become a caricature of itself, labeling virtually anyone who does not fall in line with its left-wing ideology an "extremist" or "hate group."
After years of smearing good people with false charges of bigotry, the Southern Poverty Law Center was sued by Maajid Nawaz, the center paid him a $3.375 million settlement and issued a public apology.

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Shirley S
Shirley Sabout a month ago

Petition signed

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Kay B
Kay Babout a month ago

I like pumpkin pie and you like sushi. I don't care what you eat and I don't hate you for it...unless you try to make me eat sushi too.

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Kay B
Kay Babout a month ago

Hate involves malicious intent and crime. A group that stands for certain beliefs does not by default hate everyone else following different beliefs.

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Kay B
Kay Babout a month ago

Everyone including LGBT have the right to do whatever they want until it infringes on the rights of someone else including Christians. We would all do well to learn that tolerance is a two way street.

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