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By Rees Lloyd

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which represents a population greater than a number of states, has voted 3-2 to restore the cross to the San Gabriel Mission church on the L.A. County seal to accurately depict the Mission, which now appears on the county seal without its cross.

The motion, filed by Supervisor Michael Antonovich, a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the American Legion, and Supervisor Don Knabe (both Republicans) was supported by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, a political liberal who once headed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in L.A. and was once a member of the Board of the ACLU of Southern California. Supervisors Zev Zarovslosky and Gloria Molina, the other two liberal Democrats on the five-member board, voted against the motion, as reported by the L.A. Times.

Attorney Peter Eliasberg of the ACLU, which reacts like Dracula to the sight of a cross and has become the intolerant Taliban of American progressive liberal secularism, immediately threatened to sue, to no one’s surprise.

Eliasberg is the ACLU attorney who spent 10 years fanatically suing to destroy the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial cross. One has to drive to that remote desert cross honoring veterans to be offended by it – the cross is bolted atop a rock outcrop some 12 miles off the highway on a two-lane desert road. But that didn’t deter Eliasberg and the ACLU secular extremists from a decade of litigation trying to destroy it, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Alas, the cross-destroying crusader Eliasberg then made a fool of himself before the Supreme Court when he made a misleading misrepresentation about the memorial in response to a question from Chief Justice Roberts. Eliasberg was later embarrassingly admonished by Roberts during oral argument for Eliasberg’s misrepresentation to the Court when staff presented the chief justice with the true facts pertaining to his question.

The Supreme Court ultimately rejected the ACLU’s arguments. The cross honoring veterans has been restored to the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial. However, possessed of massive amounts of chutzpah, if not intolerance, for public expression of America’s religious history, the secular extremist ACLU continues into its 24th year of litigation to destroy the cross honoring veterans at the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

Now, Eliasberg and the ACLU threaten to sue Los Angeles County for putting the cross back on the Mission church, just as that Mission again appears in real life. That is, the ACLU is contending that the depiction of the Mission as it actually exists must be falsified by the County in order not to violate the Establishment of Religion Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution.

One irony of this is that the Mission is on the current county seal only because the ACLU threatened to sue the county over its former seal – and to seek thousands upon thousands of judge-ordered, taxpayer-paid attorney fee “awards” in litigation.

Another irony is that former seal was designed by the late Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, a revered Democratic icon so liberal and politically correct he would make Obama appear conservative. To seriously assert that Kenneth Hahn, one of the first Democrats to embrace Martin Luther King and his cause, would deliberately act to violate the Constitution in his seal design is as absurd as asserting he would deliberately use the “N-word” to or about MLK.

Notwithstanding, the ACLU threatened to file a lawsuit (and a claim for taxpayer-paid attorney fees) because Hahn’s seal depicted the Hollywood Bowl with a tiny cross appearing above the arch over the stage. That happens to be what audience members actually see at the Bowl because the large, brightly lit cross is on a hill behind and overlooking the Bowl on private property. It is impossible not to see it. (The cross is not “floating” above the Bowl arch as if arbitrarily stuck on the seal by Hahn, as the L.A. Times reporters implied.

The L.A. Board of Supervisors, on a 3-2 vote in 2004, surrendered to the ACLU’s demands to avoid suit and ACLU’s claim for taxpayer-paid attorney fees. The revised seal eliminated the Hollywood Bowl and cross, but included the San Gabriel Mission church – perhaps the only one without a cross. The cross had apparently been stolen, and for a period the church was without a cross. However, the cross was replaced in 2009, rendering it as it had been, is now and ever shall be – absent thievery or an ACLU cross-obliterating lawsuit.

The ACLU threatens to do just that and to claim judge-ordered, taxpayer-paid attorney fees if they succeed in destroying the cross on the Mission church, too. Apparently, the ACLU will abide a Mission church on the seal as long as it is not recognized by the public as a Christian church, due to the absence of its cross.

Thus, as Josef Stalin wiped his political enemies out of Communist Soviet Union history by airbrushing them out of photos in repeatedly re-issued history books by his Communist Party after each Stalin-ordered execution, so the ACLU and its intolerant liberal lawyers like Eliasberg march forward – “on the right side of history,” as proud progressive Barack Hussein Obma likes to say– wiping out from the public square, and thus public consciousness, all symbols and expressions of America’s own religious history and heritage, almost always the cross.

Stalin would be pleased at the acts of his emulative progressive liberal successors in the contemporary ACLU.


Rees Lloyd, a longtime California civil rights attorney and veterans activist, was once an ACLU staff attorney before it was Talibanized into secular-cleansing extremism.

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