Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Los Angeles County Seal Changed To Add Cross Atop Depiction of Mission Building

According to the DiamondBar-Walnut Patch, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors yesterday created a new Establishment Clause controversy, voting 3-2 to approve a motion (full text) to modify the county seal to add a cross atop the depiction of the San Gabriel Mission already on it.  A version of the seal that the county adopted in 1957 had included a cross.  In 2004 the ACLU objected and the county redesigned the seal to eliminate the cross and change other images on it. (Background.) The new seal depicted the San Gabriel Mission without a cross because in 2004 the cross that used to be on the Mission had been removed for retrofitting after an earthquake.  In 2009 the cross was reattached to the Mission.  Supporters of yesterday's change say that the depiction of the Mission had become "artistically and architecturally inaccurate."  Opponents say that argument is disingenuous.