ACLU wants to Remove Cross from LA County Seal

20 10 2006

Filed under: LA, First Amendment, Church and State

This is just another example of why we need leader with a solid Christian worldview to be in more government leadership positions, especially in left-leaning states. The ACLU pressured Los Angeles County officials to remove the small cross from the county’s official seal and the County caved, but thankfully, someone is sueing to keep the cross:

The decision by Los Angeles County officials to remove the small cross from the county’s official seal has triggered a lawsuit. It was filed Tuesday by the Thomas More Law Center in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The decision to remove the cross from the seal was made in June of 2004 after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue the L.A. County supervisors because of their use of a Christian symbol.

“If you look at the seal itself, you will see a lot of different symbols displaying the history of L.A. County,” said Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel for the Thomas More Law Center.

Apparently, the ACLU has their wires crossed yet again, and another misinterpretation of the First Amendment. Why haven’t they had a problem with it before now?

“Our position is that, by removing the cross, they showed a disapproval of religion, including Christianity. That disapproval, that hostility towards Christianity, violates the Establishment Clause which has been interpreted that not only must government not promote religion, but it must also not be hostile toward religion,” stated Thompson.

“Targeting that small cross, we believe, is hostility towards religion and therefore, the decision of the board of supervisors is unconstitutional and should be rescinded, and the cross should be placed back on the county seal,” Thompson added.

“It’s a 50-year-old seal, mind you, and they hadn’t had a problem with it for 50 years. Then, all of a sudden, they did,” said Bell.

Jay Stephenson: “I’m not confident they will succeed initially with it going to the infamous 9th circus, but I’m sure they will pursue it further if those clowns rule their usual way.”

A simple county seat. It’s not as prestigious as state or national congressman, but if there were more leaders with a solid Christian worldview, then this type of caving under pressure from a socialist group operating in a free country would be laughed at for even suggesting such a thing.

Let’s understand one thing: whether we like or not, God is involved in every aspect of our lives, including politics. He created it and he lives there, and everywhere else too. We cannot remove God from politics just because someone might be offended. We’re going to offend someone. Too bad for them. Get over it.

You can support the Thomas More Law Center here.

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