Where there’s a cross, there’s a lawsuit

Complaint targets continued use of "Christian symbol" in L.A. County seal
Religious groups say Los Angeles County is continuing to display a county seal that includes the Christian cross, at right, which violates a legal agreement. (L.A. County / Associated Press)

Look carefully: Religious groups say Los Angeles County is continuing to display a county seal that includes the Christian cross, at right, which violates a legal agreement. (L.A. County / Associated Press)

The following comes from an April 21 LA Times article by Matt Hamilton: 

Lawyers for a group of religious leaders complained to a federal judge Tuesday that Los Angeles County continues to display an official seal that includes a Christian cross, violating a legal agreement reached in February 2014.

Attorneys contended that officials had agreed to halt “further implementation” of the logo containing a cross while a lawsuit filed in February 2014 proceeds.

That suit, which was filed by lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, argued that using a cross on a government seal violates the state and U.S. constitutions because it “favors the Christian religion over all other religions.”

The dispute is the latest chapter in a long-running tussle over the legality and propriety of the cross in a logo commonly affixed to county vehicles, reports, office signs and badges. The seal bears several drawings that symbolize the county’s historical and cultural past, including the San Gabriel Mission.

The county promised in June 2014 to temporarily stop using the seal containing the cross. But ACLU attorneys said Tuesday that it continues to appear on some county documents, websites and stationery.

Lawyers submitted evidence showing the cross on Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich’s website, a cover sheet for a recent Board of Supervisors meeting transcript and a program for the county-organized “Women of the Year” luncheon in March.

The new seal included an illustration of the San Gabriel Mission, which had undergone an earthquake retrofit and lost its cross in the process.

The cross was restored to the building’s facade in 2009, however, leading some officials to call for it to be added to the county seal in the interest of architectural and historical accuracy.

The supervisors voted 3 to 2 in January 2014 to add the cross, despite warnings that the change would generate lawsuits.

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  1. First steps towards persecution of Christians in the USA – – –
    be prepared.

  2. Maybe while the atheists are at it, they should change the names of all towns, cities and streets that bear a Christian connotation: Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Junipero Serra…

  3. Augustine Thomas says:

    They do realize that Christians founded Los Angeles and named it after the Blessed Mother?

  4. There are many common symbols that represent God in the Catholic Church that the ACLU is unaware of. These symbols are unavoidable by everyone living in the world, including those atheist ACLU agitators. I won’t name the symbols, let’s keep them guessing.

  5. Where is the voice of the bishops and the leaders of the Catholic Church? Where are the voices of the Protestant ministers? As Bill O’Reilly stated only Franklin Graham has appeared on his show to voice anger at the persecution and murder of Christians. Because of the light in the loafer attitude of the clergy, there will be an increase of martyrs, the laity, who will stand up and die for their faith. We are experiencing a new version of the Arian heresy, where there are only a few brave priests and bishops who stand up for their Catholic faith.

  6. Michael McDermott says:

    Justice Scalia has displayed his customary insight – in to the Lies behind the Scams of the Gaystapo:

    SEE
    States could force Catholic priests to perform same-sex ‘marriages’ or lose legal status: Justice Scalia

    WASHINGTON, D.C., April 29, 2015, (LifeSiteNews.com) – If the Supreme Court rules that same-sex “marriage” is a constitutional right, one justice has said that the government could force clergy of all denominations to perform gay “weddings” or lose the ability to officiate any state-sanctioned marriage…

    Justice Antonin Scalia repeatedly noted that if the High Court finds same-sex “marriage” is a constitutional right, then priests, ministers, rabbis, and imams will be required to perform such ceremonies – regardless of their religious beliefs – or face state penalties.

    Justice Scalia repeatedly suggested that once a constitutional right to marry by same-sex couples was enshrined by the court, a member of the clergy could not be given civil marriage powers by the state unless he agreed to perform any and all marriages that the nation legally recognizes.

    “Every state allows ministers to marry people, and their marriages are effective under state law,” Scalia said. “That will not be the case if, indeed, we hold, as a constitutional matter, that the state must marry two men.”

    As it stands, most clergy serve a dual role, celebrating church nuptials but also signing legal documents allowing the state to legally recognize that marriage. But if they refuse to conduct same-sex rituals, government officials may strip clergy of their state legal standing, rendering their marriages legally invalid in the eyes of the state government…

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