Dare Call Them Angels
is no longer funny. None
Dare Call Them Redskins was funny; None
Dare Call It Christmas was sort of funny.
But now, funny has
left the building.
The Los Angeles County
Board of Supervisors has caved in to the bullying of the ACLU to remove a
small cross from the city seal.
The cross is an
historical reference to the role of Spanish missionaries in the founding
of the city of Los Angeles. The
ACLU has decided that it is also an offensive symbol and a violation of
the separation of church and state. So they threatened to sue
unless the cross was removed.
Supervisors counted up their funds and figured that they couldn't afford a
one for the Anything-But-Christian crowd. To illustrate, let's
take a look at the offending seal, shall we?
The three panels on the left depict engineering instruments, a Spanish
Galleon, and a tuna representing the fishing industry. The three
panels on the right depict oil derricks, the Hollywood Bowl and two stars
representing the entertainment industry, a small cross representing the
role of missions in Los Angeles' history, and a cow representing the
Front and center -- and dwarfing the other objects -- is Pomona, Roman
goddess of gardens and fruit trees. Goddess. Pagan. Religious symbol.
The smallest object on the seal is the cross; the largest, by far, is
the pagan goddess Pomona. In their threatening letter to the
Supervisors, the ACLU wrote
that the cross was an "impermissible endorsement of Christianity."
Goddess of gardens and fruit trees isn't an impermissible endorsement of
Roman mythology. Nor is the cow a subliminal impermissible
endorsement of Hinduism.
is happening here is an incremental setting of precedent -- the old
Camel's Nose in the Tent Door trick. Courts have banned Christian prayer
in school -- even off-campus prior to school sporting events.
Courts have banned the depiction of nativity scenes in public
venues. A court ruled that the phrase "under God"
must be deleted from the Pledge of Allegiance. Another court
banned the display of the Ten Commandments in an Alabama courthouse.
But the same
CA court that ruled against Christian displays in school has ruled that teachers can
require children to dress in Muslim clothing and recite Muslim prayers for
an entire week. That's a matter of history and multi-culturalism, we
has intimidated Los Angeles County into removing a small Christian symbol from
its seal, but says nothing about the dominant feature of the seal, a Roman
pagan goddess. Think about that.
wait! The Constitution requires a clean separation between church
and state. Everyone knows that!
huh. How about we look at exactly what the Constitution says about
the separation between church and state. It's in the First
"Congress shall make no
law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free
That's it. That's all it says. It says nothing about
separating church from state. It says "Congress shall make no
law" respecting a religion, or prohibiting the expression
thereof. Congress shall make no law.
States can't adopt a "state religion" either (which is the
only reason why California doesn't mandate the worship of Shirley Mclain).
But neither can they engage in "prohibiting the free exercise
So prayers at high school football games? The Constitution only
requires that Congress not make a law requiring or prohibiting it; it
is up to the people in that community to decide.
So crosses on a city seal? The Constitution only requires that
Congress not get involved by making a law, so it is up to the citizens of
that city to decide their own manner of expression.
So why doesn't Los Angeles fight in court? Too expensive, they
If this stands, then the logical next step is for the bitter loonies
to continue to purge our culture of its "offensive" Christian
history, leaving "unoffending" religions intact (which sort
of has the effect of "prohibiting the free exercise
thereof", don't you think?).
Take names of cities. Los
Angeles? City of Angels. That has to go the way of the cross
on its seal. Change it to Los Imbeciles -- City of Morons.
Monica? Saint George? Santa Barbara? No, no, and
no. "Santa" refers to
Catholic Saints (and besides, "Santa" Claus refers to that
exclusionary holiday, Christmas). How about renaming them
Lewinsky Monica, Boy George, and Barbara Streisand?
the city of Pomona seems just fine the way it is. Lucky it's not
people think that the Constitution requires separation between church
and state. But that's not what it says. (The reason why
most people are misinformed is a most interesting topic for another
day.) Our Founding Fathers -- the framers of the Constitution --
clearly included prayer and references to God in their official
wrote the First Amendment. I don't think they misunderstood
their own laws relative to church and state. But misinformation
in the popular culture leaves many of us misinformed.
on that misinformation, reactionaries are
systematically purging our history of Christian references.
radio host Dennis Prager to the Los Imbeciles (oh, sorry, make that
Los Angeles) County Supervisors:
the Soviet Union there was a joke, a very powerful dissident joke...
used to say in the Soviet Union, `The future is known; it’s the past
which is always changing.’
is not possible, unless you erase the past. That is what you did."
happening here seems minor, but it is deadly serious. I hope
more people learn why, and be not cowed into losing their Angels.