A controversial license plate went on sale in Texas Monday.
The design, approved 4 to 3 by the governing board at the Department of Motor Vehicles, incorporates the three Crosses of Calvary, along with the slogan, "One State Under God."
The plates costs $55, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit underprivileged children. The plates are available for purchase at www.myplates.com.
A portion of the proceeds from the license plates will go to Glory Gang, a non-profit organization that works with at-risk youth in Nacogdoches County.
The Texas Freedom Network, a civil liberties group, has condemned the release, saying the plates are "disrespectful of Christianity and the religious freedom of people of all faiths."
Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller said, "It's become pretty clear that our governor is dismissive of religious beliefs other than his own, and now his governmental appointees have voted to send a message that Texas is unwelcoming to the religious faiths of some of its citizens. The truth is that giving government the power to play favorites with faith ultimately diminishes religious freedom for everyone."
Glory Gang board member Matt Rocco told NBC5 in Fort Worth, "The message of the Calvary Hill plate is the message that we give to the children we work with: there is hope. We believe the new plate will appeal to a lot of Texans who believe as we do and who will like knowing that sharing a Christian message from their cars will also help kids in need."
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