SUPERVISOR WILL ASK BOARD TO PUT SEAL ISSUE ON BALLOT.Byline: Troy Anderson Staff Writer
As opponents make a third attempt to prevent removal of a small Christian cross The Christian cross is the best-known religious symbol of Christianity. It is generally seen as a representation of the crucifixion of Jesus. It is related to the crucifix (a cross that includes a representation of Jesus' body) and to the more general family of cross symbols. on Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County's official seal, the Board of Supervisors will be asked Tuesday to let voters decide the issue.
If the five supervisors reject the motion to place the issue on the ballot on Nov. 2 or in March 2005, supporters of the cross say they will start a petition campaign to put the question before voters themselves.
``We are hopeful that Supervisor Don Knabe Donald R. Knabe (born October 15, 1943 in Illinois) is a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, serving the Fourth District, a crescent shaped district that covers the coastline from Marina Del Rey southward to Long Beach, and southeastern Los Angeles County to and another supervisor will join us in our effort to allow the people to decide the issue of the cross on the seal,'' said Tony Bell, spokesman for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich Michael Dennis Antonovich (born 1939 in Los Angeles, California) is a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors representing the Fifth District, which covers northern Los Angeles County, the Antelope, Santa Clarita, Pasadena, and parts of the San Fernando and San , who plans to offer the motion.
``If that were not to happen, I would imagine it would be very likely that the signature-gathering process would begin in order to place the measure on the ballot.''
Dennis Prager, a Los Angeles-based radio host campaigning to keep the cross on the 47-year-old seal, said he will encourage his listeners to gather the signatures necessary to qualify the issue for the ballot.
``I can tell you this, I'm not going to let this go,'' Prager said. ``I already defeated the ACLU's attempt to de-Christianize this society at the Grand Canyon.''
The ACLU ACLU: see American Civil Liberties Union. threatened a suit to force Grand Canyon officials to remove two plaques at the landmark with engraved en·grave
tr.v. en·graved, en·grav·ing, en·graves
1. To carve, cut, or etch into a material: engraved the champion's name on the trophy.
2. Psalms. Park officials initially agreed to the ACLU's request.
``I worked with listeners in Arizona and a state senator who listens to my show,'' Prager said. ``We so deluged the parks department, and with the senator's help, the plaques were put back.''
The public outcry over the county seal has fueled at least 7,000 telephone calls, e-mails and letters to the supervisors protesting the removal of the cross, county officials say.
Sheriff's officials estimated an overflow crowd of about 2,000 people showed up at the supervisors' meeting last week when the board voted to move ahead with a compromise with the ACLU to avoid a court fight.
Meanwhile, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Thomas More Law Center The Thomas More Law Center is a conservative Christian, not-for-profit law center based in Ann Arbor, Michigan and active throughout the United States. Its stated goals are defending the religious freedom of Christians , restoring "time honored values" and protecting is seeking a federal court injunction to stop the county from removing the cross from its seal.
The center sued the county on behalf of a county Public Works Department Many governments worldwide have had departments or ministries referred to as the Public Works Department either formally or informally.
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Legal experts say the lawsuit's unique argument faces an uphill battle in the lower courts although it might gain a more receptive audience in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985