We live in an age of political correctness and revisionist history; an age when a small minority can dictate what the majority must do.
We now live in a country where historic statues can be removed and long buried bodies can be exhumed and moved because a minority of Americans find them offensive, regardless of their historical significance.
And a federal judge in California has recently added to this ridiculous trend.
Ruling in a case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California, the judge said that a picture of the San Gabriel Mission depicted in the Los Angeles County seal must be changed or removed because it also depicts the cross that sits atop the mission.
U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder wrote that the depiction of the mission with the cross “carries with it an aura of prestige, authority, and approval. By singling out the cross for addition to the seal, the county necessarily lends its prestige and approval to a depiction of one faith’s sectarian imagery.”
“The county also provides a platform for broadcasting that imagery on county buildings, vehicles, flags, and stationary.… Permitting such a change and the associated expenditure of public funds places the county’s power, prestige, and purse behind a single religion, Christianity, without making any such benefit available on an equal basis to those with secular objectives or alternative sectarian views.”
Never mind that the mission is depicted as it actually looks and is an important part of Los Angeles’ history. Oh no, we can’t allow anyone to be offended because the seal has a picture of a building as it actually looks. It has to be modified so there is no cross on top of it because, well… seeing it as it actually exists might damage someone’s self esteem and make them seek out a safe space.
County Supervisor Michael Antonovich wants to appeal the judge’s decision.
“I am disappointed by the Court’s ruling, which seems to me to be more about political expediency than the core of what this issue is – ensuring the historical accuracy of the Los Angeles County seal.”
The ruling “ignores historical and architectural reality.”
“The court failed to see that the Board corrected the inaccurate depiction of the San Gabriel Mission on the seal with an architecturally accurate version that featured a small cross – which of course the mission has,” Antonovich said. “As any California fourth-grade student knows, the San Gabriel Mission is an important icon to the region and the birthplace of Los Angeles County.”
One former County Supervisor praised the decision.
“This is a great victory for the Constitution, for the 1st Amendment of the Constitution, for the premise that the government should not be in the religion endorsement business,” he said.
Apparently he believes the government should not be in the business of historical accuracy.