For almost a decade now, this has been the seal of Los Angeles County in California:
There’s a lot going on there, but check out the center right image. That’s supposed to represent the Mission San Gabriel Arcangel, a Catholic mission dating back hundreds of years. It’s conspicuously missing a cross because, from 1987-2009, the actual building didn’t have one (due to it being destroyed in an earthquake, then stolen). It wasn’t until 2009 that the cross was restored on the building.
So now, some members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors want to change the seal to reflect that. Which is verrrrry convenient considering how often Christians try to get crosses on government seals…
So earlier this year, the supervisors voted 3-2 to revise the seal to include the cross, inviting a challenge from the ACLU. Since the supervisors began using the “revised” seal while that challenge was pending, the ACLU filed a lawsuit.
I bring this all up against because one of the supervisors, Mike Antonovich, was furious after the Los Angeles Times ran an editorial opposing the seal with the cross. He referred to the newspaper as “secular extremest” [sic], whatever that means for an intangible object.