Via John at Stop the ACLU comes news of a ballot measure that the civil liberties group is fighting tooth and nail:
Voters decide next week if the “City of Churches” should restore the cross to the Redlands seal.
When the American Civil Liberties Union threatened a costly lawsuit last year if the cross wasn’t eliminated, officials decided the cross must be erased from the city logo. Many residents were outraged and voters will now decide Tuesday if the religious symbol will return.
If Measure Q wins, the ACLU will likely go to court.
“This is the first time this has happened, to my knowledge,” said ACLU attorney Peter Eliasberg, who tracks crosses on seals statewide. He said it is “highly likely” a lawsuit would be filed against the city if it reinstates the cross.
“The cross is clearly unconstitutional,” Eliasberg said. “It sends a message of favor for one religion over others.”
Last year, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to take a cross off the county’s seal under threat of a lawsuit by the ACLU.
Scott Siegel, who led the drive to put Measure Q on Tuesday’s ballot, resents that the ACLU forced the city into removing the cross from the city seal.
“What happens in this type of situation is that the ACLU threatens to sue, then the city capitulates on a cost basis, and the case is never decided on its legal merits,” he said. “The ACLU is telling us that it’s a foregone conclusion that we’re going to lose if a suit is filed. That’s just a ridiculous statement.”
More background on the ridiculous, ACLU-manufactured battle here.blog comments powered by Disqus
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