Alabama Group in Drive for 'Don't Tread On Me' License Plate

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Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 07:57 AM

By Elliot Jager

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The Foundation for Moral Law is working to make Alabama the seventh state to offer customized "Don't Tread On Me" license plates featuring the Revolutionary War-era Gadsden flag emblazoned with a yellow rattlesnake, The Washington Post reported.

The Gadsden flag was originally fashioned during the American Revolution, and was inspired by a cartoon by Benjamin Franklin in 1754 depicting a rattlesnake broken into 13 parts, with each part representing one of the colonies, with the phrase "Join, or Die." Some tea party members have embraced the flag as symbolizing their cause.

The conservative Foundation for Moral Law, based in Montgomery, is using billboard ads to encourage motorists to pre-order the plates. It needs a minimum of 1,000 pre-orders for the Alabama Revenue Department to manufacture the specialty plates. It would cost $50 to obtain a plate with $41.25 earmarked for the foundation, and the rest going to Alabama's coffers.

The foundation says that any money it makes from the plates will be "used for defending the Constitution of the state of Alabama and the U.S. Constitution," the Post reported.

The Alabama Department of Revenue already features 43 special design license plates where drivers can publicly identify their support for cattlemen, forests, Autism awareness, saltwater fishing, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the National Wild Turkey Federation, among other causes.

The following states already offer license plates featuring the Gadsden flag: Arizona, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia, the Post reported.


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