Call to Action: Stop a cross from being added to the seal of LA County

Atheists,

Looks like our elected officials forgot that they are supposed to be neutral on religious matters. Three members of the County Board of Supervisors decided to adorn the Seal of LA County with a Christian symbol. A cross would be added to the top of the San Gabriel Mission in its depiction on the county emblem, which is displayed on buildings, vehicles and official communications.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and a group of religious leaders filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County in federal court Thursday, February 6th, over the decision to restore a cross to the county’s seal.

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who voted with board member Gloria Molina against adding the cross, said, “It’s not just about history, it’s about the cross, and to say anything else is disingenuous.” — Los Angeles Times.

Let’s let our elected officials know how we feel. Below is the letter that I personally will be sending to my district’s supervisor. I hope that you all will do the same and participate in this campaign. I’m sure that you are passionate about the idea of government representing all of us equally and beliefs about god(s) should not be endorsed by the government officials. Please feel free to use the letter as a template.

Dear Supervisor __________,      
I recently heard about the vote the Board took to restore the cross to the seal of Los Angeles County. As a voting resident, a taxpayer and an atheist of Los Angeles County, I am disappointed that this issue came up for a vote in the first place and disturbed that the Board voted to have a cross put on the seal.  Such addition of the cross can be interpreted as the County of Los Angeles promoting the Christian religion. It could also be taken as the county declaring  an official religion. It is a move meant to promote one religion over other forms of belief or non-belief. I am certain that putting a cross on the seal of Los Angeles County is a violation of the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution.

 I ask that you correct your error and leave the cross off the Seal of Los Angeles County. 

Thank you.

(Your Name)
(Your District)

 

Here is a list of the LA Board of Supervisors with their contact information:

Gloria Molina
Supervisor, First District
Room 856
213-974-4111
Fax #: 213-613-1739
http://molina.lacounty.gov
E-mail: [email protected]gov

Mark Ridley-Thomas
Supervisor, Second District
Room 866
213-974-2222
Fax #: 213-680-3283
http://ridley-thomas.lacounty.gov
E-mail: [email protected]
bos.lacounty.gov

Zev Yaroslavsky
Supervisor, Third District
Room 821
213-974-3333
Fax #: 213-625-7360
http://zev.lacounty.gov
E-mail: [email protected]

Don Knabe
Supervisor, Fourth District
Room 822
213-974-4444
Fax #: 213-626-6941
http://knabe.com
E-mail: [email protected]

Michael D. Antonovich
Supervisor, Fifth District
Room 869
213-974-5555
Fax #: 213-974-1010
http://antonovich.com
E-mail: [email protected]org

 

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Click here to read the LA Times article covering this story. 

Click here to read the ACLU press release.