Ed Driscoll

L.A. SEAL UPDATE

CNSNews reports, “Removal of Cross from County Seal Brings Lawsuit

I don’t know if anything will come of this, but I’m happy to see people fighting back from what was presented to the public as a fait accompli between the county and the ACLU.

UPDATE: AP reports (registration may be required, but this is the bulk of the article):

The County Board of Supervisors plans to reconsider the deal it reached last week to remove a cross from the county seal.

The supervisors voted 3-2 to remove the symbol from the seal after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened a lawsuit, saying it was an improper endorsement of Christianity.

Supervisors Michael Antonovich and Don Knabe said their offices have been bombarded with phone calls and e-mails since the decision was made, including from a conservative legal group offering to represent the county for free in a legal battle against the ACLU.

The county would probably win such a lawsuit, those groups said, because there have been similar instances were crosses were permitted because they were historical rather than religious symbols.

Antonovich estimated it could cost millions of dollars for the county to remove the tiny cross from all its letterhead, officials vehicles, uniforms and buildings.

OK, so it could cost millions to update the seal, and the County would probably win a suit against the ACLU. But that didn’t prevent the supervisors for being so quick to roll over.

UPDATE: Oh, That Liberal Media looks at how the L.A. Times has been covering the story, siding with the ACLU “while pretending not to side with the ACLU”.