Wednesday, June 09, 2004
Constitutional law: Well, it turns out that the L.A.County supervisors who have voted to acquiesce to the ACLU's demands to remove the tiny cross on the county seal aren't chicken -- they're uneducated.
Let us review:
The First Amendment to the Constitution:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Note two things: First, there is no reference to a "wall of separation"; second, having a tiny cross is hardly "an establishment of religion."
But three of the supervisors apparently got ripped off when it came to their education.
The reality is that I feel very strongly about the position I've taken," (Gloria) Molina said. "I feel strongly that if that is what takes me down, that is what will take me down," she said of her position as an elected official.
"If I have to lose my job as an elected official, and it's going to be over the First Amendment, so be it ..." (Zev) Yaroslavsky added. "The First Amendment is not a popularity contest."
This has nothing to do with the First Amendment. Nothing. This has to do with the ACLU's effort to wipe Christianity (not religion, only Christianity) from the public sphere.
These three supervisors will probably lose their jobs over this vote -- as they should. The left will consider them martyrs (ironic, huh?) but the truth is that they will have failed in their duty to represent their constituents.
There's no further word on whether or not the county has the right to change the seal, but the supervisors may have come to the realization that if they're gonna pull the cross, they're gonna have to pull the pagan goddess too.
County spokeswoman Judy Hammond said protesters complained that the ACLU did not question the picture of the pagan goddess Pomona in the center of the seal. Hammond said a graphic of a Native American may replace Pomona.
I just had another thought. Take another look at that seal.
The image in the lower right is that of a calf. A golden calf. I think that's gonna have to go too.