S.C. drivers can profess faith with new license tags

Friday, June 6, 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A measure permitting South Carolina drivers to show their faith with “I Believe” license tags became law this week.

The new law allows people to buy license tags with a cross and a stained glass window and the words “I Believe” on them.

Gov. Mark Sanford permitted the bill to become law without his signature, noting the state already has a process to allow special licenses for any cause as long as enough people come together and put up the money needed to buy them.

He used the occasion and a letter to the Senate's leaders to offer a sermon of sorts.

“While I do, in fact, 'believe' — it is my personal view that the largest proclamation of one's faith ought to be in how one lives one's life. Galatians talks of the fruit of the spirit as peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and more — and, accordingly, if God is working in one's life, these things will say what no license plate will ever say,” Sanford wrote.

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